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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.

    Why should we be building Passivhaus? - John Butler - BS063

    Why should we be building Passivhaus? - John Butler - BS063

     In this episode John explains the principles and requirements of Passivhaus construction. He dispels some common myths and goes into some of the nuances of how its achieved.  
    Does living in a passivhaus mean living in a bubble?  Can I open the windows in a passivhaus?How airtight should it be? What are the benefits of MVHR?
    John's work can be found here: https://www.sustainablebuildconsultancy.com/

    Links from this episode:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblique_Strategieshttps://passivehouse-international.org/https://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/https://aecb.net/1500 Passive house’s in UK as of November 2020 https://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/news/detail/?nId=787https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/advice/passivhausThe MVHR I chose for my tiny house - https://www.blauberg.co.uk/en/blauberg-uk-mvhr-heat-recovery-ventilation-range/decentralised-single-room-heat-recovery-ventilation-units




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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Changing Construction Materials and Cultures in the Waste Age - George Massoud & Summer Islam - BS062

    Changing Construction Materials and Cultures in the Waste Age - George Massoud & Summer Islam - BS062

    The construction industry needs a shake up. Not just in the materials that are used but in the cultures within the industry. We talk about George and Summer's take on how we should be constructing and discuss their design for the Waste Age exhibition in London.

    My Movember Space - https://uk.movember.com/mospace/14634309

    Mental health support links: 
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/getting-helphttps://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/help-and-supportFind local support charities - https://hubofhope.co.uk/
    Episode Links
    https://materialcultures.org/Waste Age Exhibition - https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/waste-age-what-can-design-doBiohm mycelium insulation & lampshades - https://www.biohm.co.uk/Cork House - https://www.matthewbarnetthowland.com/cork-houseAgroforestry - https://www.agroforestry.co.uk/

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Circular Economy in the Built Environment - Duncan Baker-Brown - BS061

    Circular Economy in the Built Environment - Duncan Baker-Brown - BS061

    Welcome back to Building Sustainability, this episode I'm joined by Architect, Academic , Author & Environmental Activist - Duncan Baker Brown. We are talking circular economy in the built environment, issues of sustainable development, deconstruction and closed-looped systems.

    - We've had a short break here while doing a plastering job for the Design Museum in London. The exhibition opens on the 23rd of October 2021 and full info can be found here: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/waste-age-what-can-design-do

    Review this podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/id1459369615?mt=2&ls=1

    Episode 61 Duncan Baker-Brown links
    The Reuse Atlas (Duncan's book) - https://www.ribabooks.com/The-Re-Use-Atlas-A-Designers-Guide-Towards-a-Circular-Economy_9781859466445Designers can save the earth! (Presentation) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27bzTobpQMkIntereg FCRBE (Facilitating the circulation of reclaimed building elements)- https://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/fcrbe-facilitating-the-circulation-of-reclaimed-building-elements-in-northwestern-europe/Architects Journal Retro First - https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/introducing-retrofirst-a-new-aj-campaign-championing-reuse-in-the-built-environmentInsulate Britain - https://www.insulatebritain.com/LETI climate emergency design guide - https://www.leti.london/cedgRetrofit Academy - https://www.retrofitacademy.org/Superuse Harvest Map - https://www.superuse-studios.com/harvest-collect-reuse/Romney Marsh (Project) - https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/romney-marsh-visitor-centre-and-nature-reserveThe waste house - https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/feature/brighton-waste-house.aspxFreegle - https://www.ilovefreegle.org/School of Reconstruction - https://aia-brighton.org/2020/the-school-of-re-construction-website-is-now-live/RotorDC - https://rotordc.com/Paris tower block rennovation (Project) - https://www.architectural-review.com/today/lacaton-vassals-revitalisation-of-a-parisian-tower-block1 Trinton Square refurbishment (project)- https://www.arup.com/projects/1-triton-squareWood recycling Network - https://communitywoodrecycling.org.uk/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    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/

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    • 1 hr 4 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/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Vernacular Crafts in Earth Pt2 - Alex Gibbons - BS058

    Vernacular Crafts in Earth Pt2 - Alex Gibbons - BS058

    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/

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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

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62 Ratings

Luke in the wood ,

Fighting a clean fight against building homes that costs the earth!

What a wonderful platform to give a voice to those at the sharp end of building new homes by redefining ancient methods that help mankind rather than continue to add to the problem. Keep up the good work of adding your voice to a growing choir of those that see the soil under their feet than the money in their wallet.

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.

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