Dec. 22, 2020

Sustainable architecture - Design, Materials and Cost - Janna Laan Lomas - BS037

Sustainable architecture - Design, Materials and Cost - Janna Laan Lomas - BS037
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It's a Solstice/Christmas/New Year double episode with Grain Architecture's founding director and designer Janna Laan Lomas. 

In this episode we discuss the nuts and bolts of sustainable design from an architect's perspective.  

I also speak with Janna in episode 38, where we discuss her background and training, and the response from the architecture world in response to the climate emergency. 

This episode contains discussions on:

  • Her approach to construction
  • Insulation and Mass geek out
  • Designing each room construction for the way it's used
  • Glass in buildings
  • Designing out membranes
  • FoamGlas insulation
  • Threshers Hall - A project I led for Hartwyn that was designed by Janna
  • Structural Engineers
  • How much does an eco house cost?
  • Wobbly walls Vs Straight 

Episode 37 Links

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Janna Laan Lomas


Janna founded Grain Architecture in 2015, after completing her Part II Prof Dip in Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). She started Grain to meet a demand for building with a strong focus on designing for long-term environmental responsibility by using natural materials, and avoiding plastic and cement wherever possible. She also co-founded NBUK (Natural Building UK), which is a non-profit organisation educating public & industry about the use of natural materials in construction.

Janna is driven by the creativity of designing spaces and has been drawing houses since the age of about 6 (she loves a floor plan and problem-solving layouts!). She's passionate about beautiful buildings and gardens, and excited by opportunities for making a positive impact on lives and landscape through architecture and rural community development.