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HPH086 : How to Visualise a New House – with Dylan Lamar from Green Hammer

Dylan Lamar from Green Hammer explains how design ideas are communicated in various different ways, from sketches drawn by hand to sophisticated computer models. He also shares the design process at Green Hammer, and how and why house plans evolve. Interview Dylan Lamar Architect Dylan Lamar is […]

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HPH085 : 10 Environmental Design Myths – with Sofie Pelsmakers from UCL

Sofie Pelsmakers, environmental architect and doctoral researcher at University College London (UCL), busts 10 common environmental design myths. This also serves as a good introduction to The Environmental Design Pocketbook. Interview with Sofie Pelsmakers Sofie Pelsmakers is passionate about contextual design, with the focus very much on […]

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Could ‘The Future of Housing’ be Homes Built to Passivhaus Standard?

In December 2014 we launched our first ever documentary ‘The Future of Housing – And How Airtightness Can Help’. I felt the subject matter was important because while insulation may register with most people as being essential for thermal efficiency, airtightness is still the mysterious cousin. So I wanted […]

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HPH084 : Is the Passivhaus Standard a Good Choice in All Climates? – with Clare Parry from Australian Passive House Association

Clare Parry, Director of the Australian Passive House Association, explains what it means to work on Passivhaus projects in different climates. What, if anything, changes? Interview with Clare Parry Melbourne-based Clare Parry has always been interested in environmental sustainability but started out her career not knowing how to […]

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HPH083 : Can You Live Sustainably in a City? – with Michael Mobbs

Author Michael Mobbs reflects on what he’s learnt about sustainability over the last 20 years. From living without a car and bringing key services in-house (his home is not connected to mains water, mains electricity or mains drainage) to growing his own food and being careful how he spends […]

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HPH082 : Do I Need Solar Photovoltaic (PV)? – with David Winterton from Ecological Design

David Winterton from Sydney-based consultancy Ecological Design gives us a rundown of solar photovoltaic (solar PV). We find out how it works, what the key considerations are and why prices of PV panels always seem to be coming down!   Interview with David Winterton Having travelled a lot over […]

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HPH081 : Rainwater Harvesting From Your House – with Cath Hassell from ech2o consultants

Cath Hassell from ech2o consultants explains what rainwater harvesting is, why it’s useful and how to get started. Interview with Cath Hassell Rainwater harvesting is just one way of stopping rainwater from getting into our drains and sewers. If the house is in a city and rainwater is going […]

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HPH080 : Behind the Scenes of Our Housing Documentary – with Paul Jennings from ALDAS

Paul Jennings from ALDAS talks through some of the findings from the airtightness tests we carried out as part of our documentary. Watch Our Brand New Documentary! The Future of Housing – And How Airtightness Can Help got its first screening at the Mildmay Community Centre on Thursday […]

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HPH079 : How Ventilation in the Home Has Evolved – with Mark Chesney from Beam

Mark Chesney from Beam Vacuum & Ventilation explains how houses have become increasingly airtight and why this has had a significant impact on energy efficiency. He also shares why having a good ventilation strategy is so important.   The Future of Housing – Premiere This week we completed the filming […]

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HPH078 : Externally Insulating a Bungalow with Straw Bales – with John Butler

John Butler tells the story of how he retrofitted a bungalow to be more energy efficient. Having carried out a lot of the work himself, he also shares what he’s learnt about airtightness and overheating.   The Future of Housing – Premiere! The date is set for the first […]

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