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

Understanding Air Tightness Testing - Gervase Mangwana (3/3) - BS085

Aug. 8, 2022

The concluding part to my conversation with Gervase Mangwana - This episode we talk through air tightness testing and what the results mean. Should we be using permeability, or air changes per hour? Some of this conversatio…

How deep to Retrofit & Ventilating Right - Gervase Mangwana (2/3) - BS084

Aug. 4, 2022

Part two of my conversation with Gervase Mangwana - This episode follows on from BS083 and we talk carbon payback, and cost payback of an EnerPHit retrofit. Is going all the way to EnerPHit always the right thing to do? Then…

Carbon Emissions Natural Materials Planning Architecture

Retrofitting to EnerPHit standard - Gervase Mangwana - BS083

Aug. 1, 2022

This is the first of 3 episodes with Gervase Wangwana - a Retrofit specialist, Airtightness tester and reformed DJ. Part 2 will look more into ventilation and part 3 is all about air tightness. Become a Patreon supporter in…

Natural Materials Carbon Emissions Builders Wood

Material Carbon Emissions & The BEAM Calculator - Chris Magwood - BS082

July 21, 2022

Chris Magwood is once again our guest on the podcast. Today we are discussing calculating materials carbon emissions, which might also be called up front carbon or embodied carbon. Chris and his team at buildersforclimateact…

Guest: Chris Magwood
Self Sustainability Architecture

An architect's guide to achieving a work/life balance - Clare Nash - BS080

June 17, 2022

Today I'm joined by Clare Nash who describes herself as an "Architect creating dream eco-homes, barn conversions plus environmental and community focused housing schemes" Today we are talking about how to find a work/life ba…

Guest: Clare Nash
Heritage Natural Materials Wood Architecture Permaculture

Contemporary Vernacular Design - Clare Nash - BS081

June 16, 2022

The second Episode with Architect Clare Nash this time discussing the findings from her book Contemporary-Vernacular- Design-How-British-Housing- Can-Rediscover-its-Soul_ 9781859465844 The book pre…

Guest: Clare Nash
Carbon Emissions Natural Materials Planning

Life Cycle Analysis in Construction - Jane Anderson - BS079

May 30, 2022

This week on the podcast we have Jane Anderson, who is an expert in Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), EPD and Embodied Carbon for construction. We discuss what LCA's and EPD's are and how they are created, sequestering carbon in co…

Guest: Jane Anderson
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…

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.