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The majority of homes currently being built are bad for the earth, the occupants and the builder’s health. Every fortnight, join Jeffrey Hart as he talks to designers, builders, makers, dreamers and doers. Exploring the wide world of sustainability in the built environment by talking to wonderful people who are doing excellent things. Whether you want to learn more about natural materials, are navigating your own self build, or just want to know that better alternatives are out there, this is the podcast for you.

Building Sustainability Podcast Jeffrey Hart

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The majority of homes currently being built are bad for the earth, the occupants and the builder’s health. Every fortnight, join Jeffrey Hart as he talks to designers, builders, makers, dreamers and doers. Exploring the wide world of sustainability in the built environment by talking to wonderful people who are doing excellent things. Whether you want to learn more about natural materials, are navigating your own self build, or just want to know that better alternatives are out there, this is the podcast for you.

    Bluebell - A tiny cottage built onto a van Pt1 - Georjie Adams - BS059

    Bluebell - A tiny cottage built onto a van Pt1 - Georjie Adams - BS059

    Georjie Adams is building a fantastic van based mobile home. It's unlike anything you are likely to have seen before - it's a work of art! Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/buildingbluebell/

    In this conversation we discuss the issues Georjie faced as a woman wanting to build and the project that has grown out of it, as well as some of the reasons this lifestyle appealed. Part 2 contains more experiences and philosophies the Building Bluebell project has created.

    From Georjie's website - get in touch!
    We are looking for women builders, makers, architects, engineers and labourers who want to be involved or share their story! Whether you have an on-going build project, have finished a piece of work and would kindly share some content, or simply have advice/information/experience to donate then we'd love to hear from you! 
    Email info@inherhands.org to get involved or drop a thought


    Links 
    https://www.inherhands.org/Bluebell roof video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vWHixxW6kgNZ house trucks - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HousetruckerWest Dean College - https://www.westdean.org.uk/Right to Roam - https://www.righttoroam.org.uk/Landscapes of freedom - https://landscapesoffreedom.com/

    Thanks to our sponsor:Beavercraft Wood Tools Beavervcraft wood carving tools are great value and ideal for beginners and hobby carvers. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Bluebell - A tiny cottage built onto a van Pt 2 - Georjie Adams - BS060

    Bluebell - A tiny cottage built onto a van Pt 2 - Georjie Adams - BS060

    Georjie Adams is building a fantastic van based mobile home. It's unlike anything you are likely to have seen before - it's a work of art! Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/buildingbluebell/

    In this conversation we discuss experiences and philosophies the Building Bluebell project has created. Part 1 contains the issues Georjie faced as a woman wanting to build and the project that has grown out of it, as well as some of the reasons this lifestyle appealed. 

    From Georjie's website - get in touch!
    We are looking for women builders, makers, architects, engineers and labourers who want to be involved or share their story! Whether you have an on-going build project, have finished a piece of work and would kindly share some content, or simply have advice/information/experience to donate then we'd love to hear from you! 


    Email info@inherhands.org to get involved or drop a thought




    Links 


    https://www.inherhands.org/Bluebell roof video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vWHixxW6kgNZ house trucks - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HousetruckerWest Dean College - https://www.westdean.org.uk/Right to Roam - https://www.righttoroam.org.uk/Landscapes of freedom - https://landscapesoffreedom.com/Thanks to our sponsor:Beavercraft Wood Tools Beavervcraft wood carving tools are great value and ideal for beginners and hobby carvers. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Vernacular Crafts in Earth Pt2 - Alex Gibbons - BS58

    Vernacular Crafts in Earth Pt2 - Alex Gibbons - BS58

    Part two of the conversation with earth builder Alex Gibbons.

    Applications for the SPAB fellowship close on the 14th of September - https://www.spab.org.uk/learning/fellowship


    Sarah Pugh Just giving link - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sarahpugh?utm_term=qGVKkgbAGSPAB craft fellowship - https://www.spab.org.uk/learning/fellowshipWilliam Morris - News from Nowhere book - https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/william-morris/news-from-nowhereAlex Gibbons Website - https://www.stickinthemudconservation.com/Work I did with Alex on Priors Lynn Barn - http://jeffreythenaturalbuilder.com/blog/portfolio/cob-repair-clay-dabbin-scotland/

    Thanks to our sponsor:Beavercraft Wood Tools Beavervcraft wood carving tools are great value and ideal for beginners and hobby carvers. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Vernacular Crafts in Earth Pt1 - Alex Gibbons - BS57

    Vernacular Crafts in Earth Pt1 - Alex Gibbons - BS57

    Part one of the conversation with earth builder Alex Gibbons in which we discuss his route into mud building, old buildings, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Clay Dabbins, and his clay barn Priors Lynn.  

    Applications for the SPAB fellowship close on the 14th of September - https://www.spab.org.uk/learning/fellowship


    Sarah Pugh Just giving link - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sarahpugh?utm_term=qGVKkgbAGSPAB craft fellowship - https://www.spab.org.uk/learning/fellowshipWilliam Morris - News from Nowhere book - https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/william-morris/news-from-nowhereAlex Gibbons Website - https://www.stickinthemudconservation.com/Work I did with Alex on Priors Lynn Barn - http://jeffreythenaturalbuilder.com/blog/portfolio/cob-repair-clay-dabbin-scotland/

    Thanks to our sponsor:Beavercraft Wood Tools Beavervcraft wood carving tools are great value and ideal for beginners and hobby carvers. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)

    • 57 min
    Historical Turf Construction - Daniel Postma - BS056

    Historical Turf Construction - Daniel Postma - BS056

    Daniel Postma is  natural builder who has come to it from an interesting background - Archeology. Daniel is a specialist in traditional turf construction and learnt by doing as an experimental archaeologist.

    Archaeo Build specialises in the interaction between past and present forms of natural building. We bring together skills and understanding from archaeology, vernacular building conservation and modern-day natural building.

    It's fascinating to learn the intricacies about this seemingly very basic way of building. Then learning the reasons for it's demise!

    Links
    ACAN Straw - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4eR0RiVVR4ESBG UK -  https://strawbalebuildinguk.com/european-strawbale-gathering-esbg-sbuk-webinar-2021I'm a natural builder but... original idea by The Guilty Feminist - https://guiltyfeminist.comScotland's Rural Past - http://scotlandsruralpast.org.uk Earth Building UK and Ireland - www.ebuki.coEarthen Empire Project - https://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/research/about/research-projects/earthen-empire Hutting in Scotland - www.thousandhuts.orgTurf workshops in Fife (7-10 September 2021):
    Return of the Turf (basics and arch) - https://falklandestate.co.uk/product/building-bridges-a-turf-based-approach-to-natural-building-7th-8th-september-2021Test and Turf (single and double leaf) - https://falklandestate.co.uk/product/building-bridges-a-turf-based-approach-to-natural-building-9th-10th-september-2021 Turf documentaries:
    Daniel's reconstruction - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlQew66X7qJWVVg1BxEeP5_6r4nuoq7ds Construir con terrón - https://youtu.be/WpvXRpFs4pw Les Chipayas peuple de l'eau - www.dailymotion.com/video/x72k4y9Open access reading:
    Parkin, S.J. & W.P. Adderley 2017. The Past Ubiquity and Environment of the Lost Earth Buildings of Scotland. Hum Ecol 45, 569–583. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-017-9931-4Sigurðardóttir, S. 2008. Building with Turf. Translated by N.M. Brown. English version by N.M. Brown. Skagafjörður Heritage Museum Booklet, IX. Skagafjörður Heritage Museum. http://bit.ly/2aMfSS3.Walker, B. 2006. Scottish Turf Construction. Technical Advice Note 30. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland. http://issuu.com/hspubs/docs/tan-30---scottish-turf-cThanks to our sponsor:Beavercraft Wood Tools Beavervcraft wood carving tools are great value and ideal for beginners and hobby carvers. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Innovating Affordable Housing - Craig White - BS055

    Innovating Affordable Housing - Craig White - BS055

    Craig White is back for another episode, we chatted away for a couple of hours so this is the second part of the conversation. It might make slightly more sense if you listen to the other episode first, but I think they largely stand alone. 

    Links
    Modcell - https://www.modcell.com/Agile Homes - https://agile.property/BaleHaus at Bath - https://www.modcell.com/projects/balehaus-at-bath/The House that Kevin Built - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyhW5NST3aMUniversity of Bath - https://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2012-2013/ar/AR40392.htmEmmaus Flyover Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJcK_vmZYE8&feature=emb_titleEmmaus - https://emmaus.org.uk/The custom build and community housing act of 2016 - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/self-build-and-custom-housebuildingThe caravan act - https://www.norwegianlog.co.uk/the-caravan-actThe man who made things from trees - https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/213/213092/the-man-who-made-things-out-of-trees/9780141977515.html

    Thanks to our sponsor:Beavercraft Wood Tools Beavervcraft wood carving tools are great value and ideal for beginners and hobby carvers. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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59 Ratings

bobbie🤸🏻‍♀️ ,

Such inspiring content!

I’ve learned so much from this podcast. Such inspiring content and lovely people. And very accessible too :)

Rosie.Joy.Spoons ,

Full of all the good things!

Lovely people talking about lovely things. Full of insight and practical advice, a post cast still of fun and generosity. Jeffrey’s interviewing style is great to listen too and his holistic approach to building sustainability is one we could all take to heart.

Irfon401 ,

Excellent Podcast,

This is a fantastic podcast and a treat to listen to. I have been working with wood/green wood since my teens, 52 now, and this is a breath of fresh air. ireally enjoyed the Dave Cockcroft and Barn the Spoon's episodes but have found myself listening to the others and as a result am looking in to the subject of green building with new eyes. Keep up the good work and thanks.

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