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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.

    Green Building Calculator & Cobbauge (Futurebuild 2022) - Brian Murphy & Rowland Keable - BS078

    Green Building Calculator & Cobbauge (Futurebuild 2022) - Brian Murphy & Rowland Keable - BS078

    Conversations recorded at Futurebuild 2022 with Brian Murphy of the Green Building Calculator and Rowland Keable of EBUKI talking about the Cobbauge project.

    Episode links


    Green Building Calculator - https://greenbuildingencyclopaedia.uk/https://www.futurebuild.co.uk/EBUKI - http://www.ebuki.co/Cobbauge - http://www.cobbauge.eu/en/Sheltercraft - https://sheltercraft.co.uk



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    • 40 min
    Demand Controlled Ventilation & Homegrown mass timber build systems (Futurebuild 2022) - Vince House & Matt Stevenson - BS077

    Demand Controlled Ventilation & Homegrown mass timber build systems (Futurebuild 2022) - Vince House & Matt Stevenson - BS077

    Two conversations recorded at Futurebuild 2022. Vince House talks about demand controlled ventilation and Matt Stevenson about homegrown timber solutions. 

    Podcast Links
    Updated! Comparison of MVHR Vs Demand controlled ventilation https://www.aivc.org/sites/default/files/D2_S6B-02.pdfhttps://www.aereco.co.uk/https://ukcmb.org/2019/10/27/bsi-white-paper-moisture-in-buildings/https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-stevenson-62006841/https://www.futurebuild.co.uk/Support the show

    • 45 min
    The Last Straw Journal - Alex Henderson, Gavin Fraser, Kenny Fallon & Zoe Gardner - BS076

    The Last Straw Journal - Alex Henderson, Gavin Fraser, Kenny Fallon & Zoe Gardner - BS076

    This episode we are talking to the brand new editorial team for the Last Straw Journal - Alex Henderson, Gavin Fraser, Kenny Fallon & Zoe Gardner!

    The Last Straw Journal
    THE ALTERNATIVE JOURNAL OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION - for dirtbags and dreamers - since 1992
    The Last Straw is a platform to share and explore ideas of a better world through the lens of building methods and materials. In the face of climate crisis and increasing alienation from each other and the Earth, we believe another world is possible.
    Our goals are to bring a critical perspective to conventional practice, imagine alternatives, and connect designers, builders, and dreamers. We offer both an uncomplicated introduction to alternative building, and a rigorous review of the latest developments. We learn from the past and present to help each other build a more autonomous future.
    For over 25 years, The Last Straw was the only international journal dedicated to natural building and ecological design. It was startedas a collective effort by straw bale builders Matts Myhrman and Judy Knox in Tucson, Arizona in 1992. Since then twenty four editors, three publishers, and countless contributors have continued the long conversation about alternative ways of building and living.
    The magazine began during the natural building revival of the 90’s, but a publication like this is needed now more than ever. In the fall of 2020 a group of friends got together to bring new life to The Last Straw. Catch up on where The Last Straw has been and join us in imagining the world we want to live in!

    Episode Links
    The Last Straw Website - https://www.thelaststraw.org/Community Rebuilds - https://www.communityrebuilds.org/Moab, Utah - https://www.discovermoab.com/Rocky Mountain Natural Building Conference 2021 - https://natural-building-alliance.org/events/2020_rmnbc/Rural Studio Programme - https://ruralstudio.org/Support the podcast - https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability
    Suggested Episodes to listen to Next:
    What are the environmental impacts of building with Straw? - John Butler - https://www.buildingsustainabilitypodcast.com/what-is-the-environmental-impact-of-building-with-straw-bales/A Straw Bale Catch Up -  Phil Christopher - https://www.buildingsustainabilitypodcast.com/a-straw-bale-catch-up-phil-christopher-bs053/
    Connect with me:
    IG - @jeffreythenaturalbuilder
    Twitter - @JNaturalBuilder
    Facebook - Jeffreythenaturalbuilder
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    EnerPHit - Passive House Retrofit, Air tightness and Ventilation - Es Tresidder - BS075

    EnerPHit - Passive House Retrofit, Air tightness and Ventilation - Es Tresidder - BS075

    Building Physicist and certified PassivHaus designer Es Tresidder is back to discuss his  EnerPHit retrofit project on his family home. We discuss what he's doing and what he has learned from pulling apart his home to do the work.

    Episode Links
    Es' website: http://www.highlandpassive.com/Design of Es’ retrofit and Es’ employer - http://www.johngilbert.co.uk/Building Sustainability Community Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/340122253926357Building Sustainability Patreon (support the podcast) - https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainabilityEnerPHit - https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/advice/enerphitPassive House Institute - https://passivehouse.com/Gutex wood fibre board T&G - https://gutex.co.uk/product-range/products/product/gutex-multitherm/Hemp Jute Insulation - https://www.ecologicalbuildingsystems.com/product/thermo-hemp-combi-juteIntello Vapor barrier - https://proclima.com/products/internal-sealing/intello-plusGreen Building Store Windows - https://www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk/triple-glazed-timber-windows-doors/Siga directional membrane - https://www.sigatapes.co.uk/Majrex_15m_Interior/p4850575_17594418.aspxSuggested Episodes to listen to:
    Es- Thermal Mass in buildings - https://www.buildingsustainabilitypodcast.com/does-adding-mass-to-your-building-make-it-more-energy-efficient-es-tresidder-bs074/ Janna Laan Lomas - https://www.buildingsustainabilitypodcast.com/sustainable-architecture-design-materials-and-cost-janna-laan-lomas/


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    • 54 min
    Does adding mass to your building make it more energy efficient? - Es Tresidder - BS074

    Does adding mass to your building make it more energy efficient? - Es Tresidder - BS074

    It's a commonly held belief that adding mass into your building will make it more energy efficient. In this episode I talk with Es Tresidder about whether this is true and when extra mass in your building can be beneficial.

    About Es - I am a certified Passivhaus and AECB Carbonlite Retrofit designer. I have over ten years of experience in low-energy buildings in both consultancy and academic roles.  I also teach on two Masters courses (Developing Low Carbon Communities and Sustainable Energy Solutions) for The University of Highlands and Islands.

    Episode 74 Links:


    Article by Es - http://www.highlandpassive.com/index.php/how-much-does-mass-matter/Es Twitter - https://twitter.com/EsTresidderHempcrete - Hygrothermal performance of an experimental hemp-lime
    building - https://purehost.bath.ac.uk/ws/files/217154/Lawrence_Key-Eng-Mat_2012_517.pdfDunning Kruger effect - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effectStraw PassivHaus - https://youtu.be/ty7X_YfzvVYPassipedia - https://passipedia.org/

    Workshop - Earth Building - Falkland Estate - Scotland
    https://falklandestate.co.uk/event/earth-and-fibre-in-huts-and-homes-build-school-course/https://falklandestate.co.uk/2022-build-school-and-hut-fest-dates-released/
    videos from last year:
    Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpMbdzBxuvE&list=PLhZmoxmlsuzkJcqe8dBn0T0IOtSBsxRbZ&index=3
    Turf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ieKXt6CFT0&list=PLhZmoxmlsuzkJcqe8dBn0T0IOtSBsxRbZ&index=1
    Timber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hROeCcQdYIA&list=PLhZmoxmlsuzkJcqe8dBn0T0IOtSBsxRbZ&index=4
    Location https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPUajtWggCY&list=PLhZmoxmlsuzkJcqe8dBn0T0IOtSBsxRbZ&index=2 Workshop - Spoon Carving - Bristol
    https://treetotreen.com/workshops/Podcasts that I'm on
    House Planning Help - https://www.houseplanninghelp.com/hph312-building-a-tiny-house-with-natural-materials-with-jeffrey-hart/ Tiny Sessions - https://open.spotify.com/episode/3hWwgVB4rGmBh5q2GQE9CM?si=VN308MqISCK6bVz6iRByOA

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Selling Sustainability, Not Your Soul - Virginia Cinquemani - BS073

    Selling Sustainability, Not Your Soul - Virginia Cinquemani - BS073

    Virginia is a qualified architect, project manager, BREEAM AP and ISO14001 Lead Auditor, with a lifelong passion for sustainability.
    She is the author of SustainABLE: How to Find Success as a Sustainability Professional in a Rapidly Changing World, a practical guide for those that have a passion for sustainability but cannot make an impact.
    Virginia is also an Assistant Lecturer in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Coventry University.

    During her previous long career at BRE, Virginia was the author of Integrating BREEAM throughout the Design Process (the best selling publication that for the first time helped assessors tackle BREEAM assessments strategically), and of BREEAM Healthcare (on behalf of the NHS) and BREEAM Higher Education (on behalf of AUDE and HEFCE); additionally, she managed the BRE Innovation Park and the BRE Academy membership scheme.

    Virginia is the founder and director of Green Gorilla Consultants Ltd (www.thegreengorilla.co.uk), a unique training and coaching company focusing exclusively on empowering sustainability professionals to become the most confident and assertive version of themselves, and to successfully accomplish their sustainability projects even when their stakeholders think sustainability is a waste of time and money!

    Episode Links 
    Green Gorilla (Virginia's Company) - https://thegreengorilla.co.uk/BRE - https://www.bregroup.com/BREAM - Sustainability assessment - https://www.breeam.com/ SustainABLE (Book) - https://thegreengorilla.co.uk/sustainable-the-bookDeep Work (Cal Newport) - https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Cal-Newport/Deep-Work--Rules-for-Focused-Success-in-a-Distracted-WorldDon't Look Up - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11286314/The Future We Choose (Christiana Figueres) - https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Christiana-Figueres/The-Future-We-ChooseFour Thousand Weeks - https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Oliver-Burkeman/Four-Thousand-Weeks--The-smash-hit-Sunday-Times-bestselle/25942066
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

tothemoonorbust ,

A good balance of chuckles and chin scratching

From stacking bales and smearing mud on walls, to self-reflection and healthy habits; Jeffery and his guests are a kaleidoscope of conversation topics that help mend the gap between craft and life. Everytime I see a new episode posted I grin a bit and smash the play button. Haven’t been let down yet!

TheGnomeSeeker ,

Educational, Fun, Inspiring

Much needed in todays disposable, industrialized society. Jeffrey paints a fun picture on how we could be doing things different. Avid listener and very much enjoy the show. I hope to take this kickstart and dive into my own realm of natural building.

joedinn150 ,

Excellent podcast

I think Jeffrey is the best in the business. If you are into building and care about how building and housing affects the world and its inhabitants, you will like this podcast. Fun to listen to, well done, great interviews and content. Thank you Jeffrey!

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