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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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HPH065 : How Simple Design Decisions Can Impact on Energy Performance – with Alan Budden from Eco Design Consultants

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Alan Budden from Eco Design Consultants explains how simple design decisions can drastically alter the energy performance of a house and why this means your designer needs to be using a tool like the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) to better inform […]

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HPH064 : Should You Expect Overheating in a Passivhaus? – with Ken Levenson from 475 High Performance Building Supply

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ken Levenson from 475 High Performance Building Supply explains what overheating is, why it happens and how to deal with it. Interview with Ken Levenson Ken Levenson ran his own architecture firm in Brooklyn, New York, for 20 years. As […]

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HPH063 : Smart Energy and Data – with Doug King

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Doug King explains what smart energy systems are, how they work and whether we should be embracing them in our new homes.   The Local Self Build Register If you’re looking to build a house (in the UK) but are […]

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HPH062 : Does a Passivhaus Need a Heating System? – with Alan Clarke

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Building services engineer Alan Clarke explains what factors should be considered when choosing a heating system for a low energy home. Interview with Alan Clarke Alan Clarke has been involved in energy and buildings his whole career. He’s worked on a […]

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HPH061 : Should My House be Off-Grid?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If the idea of going ‘off-grid’ excites you, then perhaps now is a great time to be doing it. We live in an era where the cost of items such as solar panels is continually dropping and this is juxtaposed […]

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