321 episodes

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

House Planning Help Podcast Ben Adam-Smith

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 107 Ratings

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

    Do I need a structural warranty for my self build home?

    Do I need a structural warranty for my self build home?

    Jake Fitness of Self Build Zone explains what a structural warranty is, and why you might need one on your self build or renovation project.

    • 28 min
    Getting ambitious with sustainability – with Kit Knowles from Ecospheric

    Getting ambitious with sustainability – with Kit Knowles from Ecospheric

    Kit Knowles from Ecospheric explains why he is driven to keep pushing further in pursuit of sustainability in building projects.
    Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 41 min
    Why we must embrace sufficiency – with Lloyd Alter

    Why we must embrace sufficiency – with Lloyd Alter

    Lloyd Alter explains how we can take personal actions to address our own carbon footprints, and why it's more important to do so than ever.
    Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 41 min
    Simplifying the delivery of high performance, sustainable homes – with Mike Jacob

    Simplifying the delivery of high performance, sustainable homes – with Mike Jacob

    Mike Jacob explains how Kiss House is using timber component based production to deliver homes to the Passivhaus standard. Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 28 min
    Getting a self build over the finish line, despite setbacks – with Mike Coe

    Getting a self build over the finish line, despite setbacks – with Mike Coe

    Mike Coe gives a final update on his now complete Portree Passivhaus, that has seen budgets stretched, contractors disappear for a year, and a Covid lockdown! Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 44 min
    What input might an engineer have for a Passivhaus self build? – with Gwilym Still

    What input might an engineer have for a Passivhaus self build? – with Gwilym Still

    Gwilym Still, of Max Fordham engineers, explains how good planning and simplicity can improve a home's performance. Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

LiamRB1 ,

Up to episode 100 and loving the content!!

I only found this pod cast a few months back. Finally up to episode 100, and all I can say is ‘what a find’!! Ben has produced a brilliant bit of work, that is both informative and educational. Always a great selection of speakers and the delivery and execution of the discussions are perfect. My profession revolves around the field of delivering Passivhaus

Eco smurf ,

Excellent podcast

Looking into a self/custom build and tried this. Very glad we did. Well presented with various formats. Huge range of information from people who have walked the walk including Ben himself. Great links to other information. All of the 20 or more I have listened have have been of relevance even if not initially obvious. Infectious too.

Nikki L H ,

The most informative podcast on house building

We are hopefully building our Passivhaus family home this year and Ben’s podcast has been invaluable over the last year. I started listening from the most recent but then realised I needed to go back to the beginning! I’m only on episodes in 2014 but I’ve already made a lot of notes and internet searches based on information I’ve heard. Thank you for all you time and hard work on this podcast!

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