297 episodes

If you want to build a house, where would you start?

House Planning Help Podcast Ben Adam-Smith

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    • 4.9 • 92 Ratings

If you want to build a house, where would you start?

    Using a package supplier to deliver an ecological home – with Adrian Reith

    Using a package supplier to deliver an ecological home – with Adrian Reith

    Adrian Reith explains why the joined up design, engineering and quality of a Baufritz home appealed to him.

    • 41 min
    What is Passive House Accelerator? – with Zack Semke

    What is Passive House Accelerator? – with Zack Semke

    Zack Semke explains why he's passionate about facilitating the communication and flow of information around Passive House.

    • 25 min
    What home automation do you really need? – with Mark McCall and Scott McMurray

    What home automation do you really need? – with Mark McCall and Scott McMurray

    Mark McCall and Scott McMurray explain what fully integrated home automation is all about.

    • 34 min
    Having the freedom to build what you want – with Werner Brouwer

    Having the freedom to build what you want – with Werner Brouwer

    Werner Brouwer explains why being able to build a house without restrictions in Oosterwold is also about working together to build a community.

    • 29 min
    Being resourceful to bring down the cost of a build – with Colin Rice

    Being resourceful to bring down the cost of a build – with Colin Rice

    Self-building an annexe in an area of coastal erosion meant a low-cost but high-performance build was a priority for architect Colin Rice.

    • 44 min
    Retrofitting period properties – with Roger Hunt

    Retrofitting period properties – with Roger Hunt

    Author Roger Hunt explains why period properties need treating differently when it comes to achieving successful retrofit projects.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Scotty1974 ,

Great podcast !

I’ve listened to every one of these and they are just great. Fantastic insights into modern self build techniques with a focus on sustainability. Ben is great at interviewing an amazing variety of people and I never miss an episode. I’ve learned loads about passiv haus and air tightness and why it all matters. We didn’t end up doing a self build in the end .... but we will one day and I will be much wiser and more prepared having listened to these podcasts. So glad that Ben eventually found a plot and finished his own passiv haus. Keep up the good work ! Scott.

Bostock87 ,

Knowledge that would take too long to look for all in one place

Having wanted to self build myself for a number of years each one of these podcasts details an aspects I have always wanted to know the answered too related to a project I would like to undertake. From construction techniques to budgeting to planning and technology it’s all in here.

Marcusarrelius ,

Great content

Stumbled across this via twitter and very impressed with the breadth and depth of topics discussed! I sincerely hope that program’s like this start to increase general awareness of what is required to build a good quality dwelling and break the monopoly that big developers have in only delivering poorly designed and constructed homes in this country!

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