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

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Old House Retrofit - Marianne Suhr - BS098

March 5, 2023

Marianne Suhr is a Chartered Building Surveyor specialising in the repair of older buildings. We talk about the role of a building surveyor, the SPAB and how to go about sympathetically retrofitting an old building. Episode …

Guest: Marianne Suhr
Natural Materials Builders Architecture Heritage

Designing and Building & Workwear for Women - Kirsty Cassels Pt2 - BS097

Feb. 3, 2023

This is the second part of my conversation with Kirsty Cassels. In this episode, we hear about Kirsty's experience as a joiner in the TV industry, her work promoting workwear for women, certifying natural products and the Pr…

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Designing and Building Pt1 - Kirsty Cassels - BS096

Jan. 27, 2023

The first of 2 episodes with designer and builder Kirsty Cassels. Pt2 will follow next week when I am back in the country. Follow Kirsty's work on instagram here: https://www.insta…

Natural Materials Wood Craft Heritage Permaculture

Make it at Market - Shannon Berry - BS095

Jan. 10, 2023

The second part of my conversation with Shannon Berry was about her experience on BBC's - 'Make it at Market' and her learning difficulties. Episode Links BBC Make it at Market - Sha…

Guest: Shannon Berry
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Trading architect culture for craft community - Shannon Berry - BS094

Jan. 10, 2023

Shannon Berry trained as an architect but I met her as a pole lathe bowl turner. You might know her from BBC's Make It at Market. Episode links …

Guest: Shannon Berry
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The Biophilic Tiny House - Part 3 of 3 - Jeffrey Hart - BS093

Dec. 23, 2022

The concluding part of the Biophilic Tiny House Christmas conversation. In this episode we discuss how long it took to build, costs, hardest bits, best bits, how to keep up motivation, future plans and advice for future tiny…

Guest: Jeffrey Hart
Tiny Homes Natural Materials Builders Wood Carbon Emissions

The Natural Biophillic Tiny House Part 2 of 3 - Jeffrey Hart - BS092

Dec. 23, 2022

This is part 2 of the natural biophilic tiny house Christmas special episode. Guest interviewer Mike Hill quizzes me on technical details such as air tightness, ventilation, solar power, heating, and water. Episode Links Kin…

Guest: Jeffrey Hart
Natural Materials Builders Wood Carbon Emissions Tiny Homes

The Biophilic Tiny House Part 1 of 3 - Jeffrey Hart - BS091

Dec. 23, 2022

Today we are talking to me, Jeffrey Hart, designer and builder of the biophilic tiny house. This is the Christmas special, and so is a light-hearted chat with some mince pies and mulled wine. We talked for 4 hours, and edite…

Guest: Jeffrey Hart
Natural Materials Wood Craft Tiny Homes Builders

Building a modular cabin & Meanderings around craft - Yoav Elkayam - BS090

Dec. 6, 2022

Yoav Elkayam is a craftsperson specialising in turning cups and bowls. He has also built his own cabin in the woods in a unique way that I was excited to delve into. This is a wandering conversation taking in elements of bui…

Guest: Yoav Elkayam
Natural Materials Wood Craft Self Sustainability

Developing your craft - John Mullaney - BS089

Nov. 21, 2022

In this episode, I'm joined by green woodworker John Mullaney. John has carved out the reputation as the shrink pot guy but has many strings to his bow. We discuss his origins & craft in this joyous conversation that will in…

Guest: John Mullaney

About the Host

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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.