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Achieving Passivhaus Standard with Natural Materials – Bjørn Kierulf from Createrra

Achieving Passivhaus Standard with Natural Materials – Bjørn Kierulf from Createrra

Is a straw bale construction really a good way to reach the Passivhaus standard? And would a straw bale Passivhaus be robust over time? In this article I speak to Bjørn Kierulf from Createrra about achieving Passivhaus standard with Ecococon straw panels. Bjørn Kierulf was originally an industrial designer […]

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HPH048 : Making Incremental Improvements to Your House – with Sarah Lonsdale

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Sarah Lonsdale, an eco columnist for The Telegraph, shares a list of 30 home improvements she has made to reduce energy bills, and save energy and water. Ultimately Sarah would like to build a new home (such as a Huf […]

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HPH047 : Choosing a Suitable Property to Eco Retrofit – with Ian McKay from BBM Sustainable Design

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ian McKay from BBM Sustainable Design shares how to find a property that will lend itself well to an eco retrofit. He also contrasts two very different projects, the retrofit of a 1960s terraced house and the upgrade of a […]

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HPH046 : Manufacturing a House On-Site Using a Mobile Production Facility – with Diana Woodward

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Diana Woodward explains how her house was first modelled on a computer and then the 3D digital information was transformed into exact physical replicas. The components were fabricated out of WISA board on-site using a mobile manufacturing facility. Interview with Diana […]

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HPH045 : Why Are More People Not Retrofitting Their Homes?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Upgrading your property so that it is more comfortable and costs less to run makes sense. If we’re serious about tackling climate change then retrofitting has to be undertaken on a huge scale. So if it looks good on paper, why […]

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HPH044 : Avoiding the Risks of Poor Ventilation – with Mark Siddall from LEAP

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Mark Siddall from LEAP (Low Energy Architectural Practice) explains the circumstances under which poor ventilation can occur and why the control strategy becomes increasingly important the more airtight the building is. Interview with Mark Siddall Mark Siddall trained as an […]

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HPH043 : Building an Energy-Efficient Home on a Tight Budget – with David and Penny Learmonth

Podcast: Play in new window | Download David and Penny Learmonth share their experience of building an ultra low energy home on a budget. They also project managed this themselves. Interview with David and Penny Learmonth David and Penny Learmonth have tackled three renovations over the years […]

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HPH042 : Can a Straw Bale House Reach Passivhaus Standard? – with Fran Bradshaw from Anne Thorne Architects

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Fran Bradshaw from Anne Thorne Architects shares her experience of building an ultra low energy home using natural materials such as straw bales, lime render and clay plaster. The house is also aiming for the Passivhaus standard. Interview with Fran […]

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Google+ Hangout Schedule for 2014

Our debate sessions are back for 2014 and we want YOU to be part of them. We experimented with Google+ Hangouts last year and it turned out to be a great way to discuss some of the issues surrounding building a house or renovating an existing property. […]

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HPH041 : 5 Fundamentals to Creating a Better House – with Ben Adam-Smith

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ben Adam-Smith looks at some of the essentials that you need to understand if you are going to create an energy-efficient house. There is more detail in Ben’s new e-book: Why Most People Don’t Build Energy-Efficient Homes. House Planning Help […]

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