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HPH090 : Should Your Architect, Builder and Tradespeople Have Certified Passivhaus Training? – with Darren Macri from Bleu Nest

Darren Macri from Bleu Nest is a certified Passivhaus builder and consultant, and he explains what this means and how putting together a team who have had training is likely to benefit your low energy build. He also has insights into his own house build which is nearing […]

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HPH089 : Can You Build to Passivhaus Standard Using Only Natural Materials? – with Bjørn Kierulf from Createrra

Bjørn Kierulf from Createrra explains how you can have the best of both worlds, using almost entirely natural materials to create a house that reaches the Passivhaus Standard. Interview with Bjørn Kierulf Bjørn is an industrial designer and his wife is an architect, and together they run Createrra. […]

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HPH088 : Successful Tiny House Living – with Jay Shafer from Four Lights Tiny House Company

Jay Shafer from Four Lights Tiny House Company gives us the lowdown of tiny house living. He explains why he initially made the choice, how different life has been since and why he has never looked back. Jay also shares practical advice of what you need to know […]

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HPH087 : Assuring Quality When Building a House – with Andrew Peel from Peel Passive House Consulting

Andrew Peel from Peel Passive House Consulting explains why the quality assurance procedure is at the heart of the Passivhaus standard. He also feels the process can be useful to improve any building, even if not striving for the standard. Interview with Andrew Peel Andrew Peel is a low energy […]

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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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