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HPH075 : Is a HUF HAUS the Ultimate Turnkey Solution? – with Dani and James McDonald

Podcast: Play in new window | Download James and Dani McDonald reveal why they were drawn to HUF HAUS, how the process worked and why they have become very loyal to the brand. Interview with Dani and James McDonald Dani and James had fallen in love with the […]

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HPH074 : How a Public Consultation Helped a Rural Self Build – with Alex Baines

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Alex Baines talks through the plans for his semi earth-sheltered home, to be constructed to Passivhaus standard, and explains why involving the local community in the early stages was essential in gaining the relevant permissions. Interview with Alex Baines Alex Baines’ […]

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HPH073 : How Alterations to Period Properties Affect Performance – with Richard Oxley from Oxley Conservation

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Richard Oxley from Oxley Conservation explains why understanding an old house is such a vital first step to take before upgrading its performance. Interview with Richard Oxley Richard Oxley began his professional life as a chartered surveyor. He then developed his interest […]

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HPH072 : A Radical Retrofit of an End of Terrace House – with Tim Nicholson

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Tim Nicholson reveals why he chose to retrofit rather than build new and, having selected a suitable property, what the strategy was and why. Tim has also been blogging about the experience on his website Oxford Green House. Interview with Tim Nicholson […]

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HPH071 : Open Source, Digitally Manufactured Homes – with Alastair Parvin from WikiHouse

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Alastair Parvin explains how WikiHouse has developed and why it is so significant when it comes to enabling more people to build affordable, high quality homes. Interview with Alastair Parvin   WikiHouse Developed From a Curiosity About Emerging Technologies Alastair had […]

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HPH070 : Can You Create an Ecological Building with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)? – with Jake White from Ecotecture

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Jake White from Ecotecture shares the story of The Curly House, an award-winning project that was built using insulated concrete forms (ICF). He explains what an ICF is, why there are benefits in terms of speed of construction and durability, and […]

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HPH069 : What is Active House? – with Rory Bergin from HTA Design LLP

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Rory Bergin from HTA Design LLP explains why building standards are devised, the pros and cons, and why people adopt voluntary standards. He also gives an overview of the Active House standard. Interview with Rory Bergin Rory Bergin runs the Sustainable Futures […]

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HPH068 : Is a Green Roof a Good Choice? – with Dusty Gedge from Livingroofs.org

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Dusty Gedge, founder of Livingroofs.org, explains the benefits of installing a green roof, how it can be simple and why lots of people get swayed by commercial systems. Interview with Dusty Gedge Dusty Gedge got into green roofs because of a […]

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HPH067 : How a Home Energy Assessment Can Inform Retrofit Measures – with Graham Hunter from Parity Projects

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Graham Hunter from Parity Projects explains how data collected from one of their energy assessments is then turned into a report of options for the homeowner. This follows on from episode 60 which trailed Graham as he conducted an assessment. Interview with Graham […]

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HPH066 : The Main Reasons Why Airtightness Can Be Compromised – with Stephen Gurney from Ecological Building Systems

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Stephen Gurney from Ecological Building Systems explains the main causes of poor airtightness test results. Interview with Stephen Gurney Stephen Gurney has worked in the building trade for many years but about six years ago he became more interested in ecological buildings […]

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