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

House Planning Help Podcast Ben Adam-Smith

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 123 Ratings

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

    Timber build approaches – with Meredith Bowles

    Timber build approaches – with Meredith Bowles

    Meredith Bowles from Mole Architects shares his experience working with timber as a construction material and explains the benefits and drawbacks of the different build approaches.
    Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 50 min
    Why do homes get mould? – with Alexx Stuart

    Why do homes get mould? – with Alexx Stuart

    Alexx Stuart from Low Tox Life shares her experiences of toxic mould exposure and offers some advice on how best to keep your home healthy and mould free.
    Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 42 min
    Common pitfalls to avoid when building a house – with Amelia Lee

    Common pitfalls to avoid when building a house – with Amelia Lee

    Amelia Lee from Undercover Architect shares some common themes that tend to crop up on owner-builder projects (particularly with people who are doing this for the first time) and explains how they can be avoided by creating a clear foundation of your values and project intentions.
    Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 57 min
    Passivhaus homes where cooling is a key consideration – with Andy Marlow

    Passivhaus homes where cooling is a key consideration – with Andy Marlow

    Andy Marlow from Envirotecture explains why Passivhaus homes are a good fit for most climates in Australia, how they approach these projects and what is needed beyond shading to keep the homes comfortable when the outdoor temperatures soar.
    Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 41 min
    Why is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) such a useful tool? – with Sarah Lewis

    Why is the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) such a useful tool? – with Sarah Lewis

    Sarah Lewis, the Research and Policy Director at the UK Passivhaus Trust and author of PHPP Illustrated, explains what the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is and how it is used during the design process.
    Check out the show notes for more information.

    • 43 min
    Hazel Tree Passivhaus – with Janice Gardiner

    Hazel Tree Passivhaus – with Janice Gardiner

    Janice Gardiner, an ecologist and the client of last week’s interviewee Josh Wood at Green Trace Architect, is here to tell us what it is like to be the client on a Passivhaus project and share what she has learnt from the experience.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

Ruth architect ,

Amazing library for self-builders (and others)

Ben has created an amazing library of self-build information. Essential listening for those considering a project, either now or in the future.

Ian of Epping ,

House Planning Help

I broke ground on my retrofit and extension build of family’s home 12 months ago. I wished I had found this podcast series before I planned my project as it has been immensely helpful. HPH has proven the more you know about building good homes and related fields the more you realise you don’t.

For both building professionals, and laymen like myself, the show is very accessible and informative. It’s not too dry either and the guests who are either experts in their building fields or people who have gone through a new build or retrofit project provide a wealth of experience and insight.

Stuart Dodd ,

A fantastic resource…

I have now listened to every single episode and finally joined the hub. What a fantastic resource for anyone building or retrofitting a home whether that be a self builder or ‘professional’ contractor. Learn learn learn and we might just build better homes. I’ve built my own passivhaus and now starting a deep retrofit barn conversion for my mother-in-law. Never stop learning. Great work Ben keep it going. Stuart in South Yorkshire.

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