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 Wood Carbon Emissions

Ventilation and Timber (Futurebuild 2022) - Vince House & Matt Stevenson - BS077

May 11, 2022

Two conversations recorded at Futurebuild 2022. Vince House talks about demand controlled ventilation and Matt Stevenson about homegrown timber solutions. Podcast Links Updated! Study comparing MVHR with Demand controlled ve…

Natural Materials Carbon Emissions

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

May 11, 2022

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://greenbuildingenc…

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

April 30, 2022

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 - f…

Natural Materials Builders Wood Architecture

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

April 12, 2022

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…

Guest: Es Tresidder
Architecture Natural Materials Carbon Emissions

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

March 30, 2022

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.

Guest: Es Tresidder
Architecture Carbon Emissions Self Sustainability Natural Materials

Selling Sustainability, Not Your Soul - Virginia Cinquemani - BS073

March 15, 2022

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…

Self Sustainability Architecture

Biophilic Design at Source - Sophie Lacey - BS072

Feb. 28, 2022

Today we talk about mindful spaces and biophilic meditation with Sophie Lacey. Sophie has been running her own freelance copywriting and content writing business for nearly 15 years, working with a variety of lifestyle brand…

Guest: Sophie Lacey
Natural Materials Builders Architecture

How to design the natural home of your dreams - Sigi Koko - BS070

Feb. 14, 2022

Sigi Koko is the principal designer of Down to Earth Design, which she founded in 1998 to help her clients manifest their dreams of living in a natural, healthy home. She works exclusively on projects that are natural, ene…

Guest: Sigi Koko
Natural Materials Builders Architecture

Natural Homes - Materials, Myths and Empowerment - Sigi Koko - BS071

Feb. 14, 2022

Sigi Koko is the principal designer of Down to Earth Design, which she founded in 1998 to help her clients manifest their dreams of living in a natural, healthy home. She works exclusively on projects that are natural, ene…

Guest: Sigi Koko
Builders Natural Materials

Affordable cob homes built by AI drones - Daniel Weddle & Zach Dwiel - BS069

Feb. 1, 2022

Well, there's a title I didn't expect to write when I started this podcast! Today I'm talking to Danny and Zach from Terran Robotics about their work training AI drones to build cob homes. Now this might sound a little crazy…

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.
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