Building Sustainability Podcast

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.

Recent Episodes

Natural Materials Carbon Emissions Tiny Homes Wood Builders

What are the environmental impacts of building with Straw? - John Butler - BS064

Dec. 7, 2021

John Butler is back for another episode, this time focussing on 'natural' materials and their whole life carbon. Topics include: What natural means, is it a useful descriptor? The results from a new UK Straw Bale Environment…

Guest: John Butler
Architecture Carbon Emissions Planning Natural Materials

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

Nov. 30, 2021

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 bubbl…

Guest: John Butler
Natural Materials Wood Architecture Carbon Emissions

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

Nov. 16, 2021

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 fo…

Architecture Natural Materials Carbon Emissions Permaculture Planning

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

Oct. 19, 2021

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…

Tiny Homes Wood Builders

Bluebell - A tiny cottage built onto a van Pt1 - Georjie Adams - BS059

Sept. 22, 2021

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 d…

Guest: Georjie Adams
Tiny Homes Builders Wood

Bluebell - A tiny cottage built onto a van Pt 2 - Georjie Adams - BS060

Sept. 22, 2021

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 d…

Guest: Georjie Adams
Heritage Craft Builders Natural Materials

Vernacular Crafts in Earth Pt2 - Alex Gibbons - BS58

Sept. 2, 2021

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.justgi…

Guest: Alex Gibbons
Natural Materials Builders Heritage Craft

Vernacular Crafts in Earth Pt1 - Alex Gibbons - BS57

Sept. 2, 2021

Part one of the conversation with earth builder Alex Gibbons in which we discuss his route into mud building, old buildings, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Clay Dabbins, and his clay barn Priors Lynn. A…

Guest: Alex Gibbons
Craft Heritage Natural Materials Builders

Historical Turf Construction - Daniel Postma - BS056

Aug. 18, 2021

Daniel Postma is natural builder who has come to it from an interesting background - Archeology. Daniel is a specialist in traditional turf construction and learnt by doing as an experimental archaeologist. Archaeo Build sp…

Planning Architecture Builders Carbon Emissions Wood

Innovating Affordable Housing - Craig White - BS055

Aug. 3, 2021

Craig White is back for another episode, we chatted away for a couple of hours so this is the second part of the conversation. It might make slightly more sense if you listen to the other episode first, but I think they larg…

Guest: Craig White

About the Host

Jeffrey Hart

Producer / Host

As well as producer and host of Building Sustainability Podcast - I am a builder, focussed on building highly efficient homes from natural materials. I blend the tried and tested methods of heritage vernacular building with modern building and material science to create buildings that are healthy to the builder, occupant and the environment.
He/Him/HIs