In this special episode Ben Adam-Smith explains why he wants to crowd-fund a documentary about airtightness, what it will entail and how you can help.
The Future of Housing – And How Airtightness Can Help
Today I launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary about airtight houses. I want to focus on airtightness because I believe it is the most unappreciated factor that contributes towards making buildings energy efficient. In fact it took me a year and a half to realise that when it comes to heat loss it plays an even more significant role than insulation!
So in this documentary I will be spending time with air leakage expert Paul Jennings from Aldas (the door fan man!) as he goes about his work.
Get a full synopsis on our Kickstarter page.
Why Does it Matter?
This podcast series has frequently focussed on the Passivhaus standard because it offers a common sense approach to making our buildings more efficient, more comfortable and cheaper to run.
While the construction industry is seeing the light, I believe that the majority of people still haven't heard about it and so this documentary aims to reach a more mainstream audience.
With rapidly increasing world populations, finite fossil fuel reserves, and worries about security of supply – both because of political uncertainty and due to developing countries using more and more energy – it is inevitable that we need to how we live and fast.
Every time a new building goes up it needs to be as energy efficient as possible and that is certainly not the case at the moment.
How Can I Help?
There are two ways you can help. The first is by backing our project! Yes, it's obvious that we do need financial support but there are some great rewards on offer so this can be a win win situation. That said, even £1 will get us moving towards our target. So please support us if you can.
However, if you can't afford to do this, then all is not lost! Spreading our message is another big step in making this project happen. Whether it's telling a friend who's interested in energy efficiency or sharing one of our social media updates this will make a difference.