Dave Cockroft – The hidden benefits of craft

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In this episode of Building Sustainability I talk with Dave ‘The Bodger’ Cockroft about the hidden benefits of craft. We talk specifically about spoons and chairs of which Dave is an exceptionally talented maker.

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Judith Thornton – Growing the perfect insulation – #BS5

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This month sees us talking to Judith Thornton from Aberystwyth University.

Judith is looking at alternative natural insulators that can be grown. She has a particular interest in how we stop biodegradable materials biodegrading.

Judith was just involved in building the world’s first miscanthus insulated house. The Miscanthus was baled up like a regular straw bale and the house was build in the same way that a regular straw bale house would be. Continue reading

Noel Isherwood – Creating new sustainable towns – #BS6

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In this ‘Building Sustainability’ podcast episode we talk to architect, Noel Isherwood. The discussion is largely around Poundbury, which is the expansion of Dorchester. It was designed for humans and community, not cars. Continue reading

Bee Rowan – Prefabricated straw panels and lime stabilised earth

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In this episode of Building Sustainability we talk to Bee Rowan about prefabricated straw bale panels, Bee’s background and lime stabilised earth in disaster relief areas. Continue reading

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Kiko Denzer – Earth Ovens, Stories, Philosophies – #BS8

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In this month’s Building Sustainability podcast we talk with Kiko Denzer.

Kiko is perhaps best known as the author of ‘ Build Your Own Earth Oven‘ (A book that made it into our favourite books list). Continue reading

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Adrian Leaman – Roundwood Timber Framing – #BS9

In this episode of the ‘Building Sustainability’ podcast we chat with Adrian Leaman, a woodsman and roundwood timber framer.

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Adrian Leaman from wholewoods.co.uk talks to us about his journey into the world of roundwood timber framing, green woodworking and building in general. We go off some wonderful tangents and hear many of Adrian’s philosophies. We end up with Adrian discussing his building gripes! Continue reading

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Flo Hamer – Building a tiny house – #BS10

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In this episode of Building Sustainability we talk with Flo Hamer. Flo lives in a tiny home that she has built. We discuss how she became interested in tiny living, the build process and how it’s changed her way of life. Continue reading

Rob Hopkins – ‘What If’ we imagined a better future? – #BS11

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In this month’s ‘Building Sustainability’ podcast, we talk with Rob Hopkins. A massive thanks to Rob for being such a wonderful guest… even if Google Maps tried to sabotage our meeting by sending him on a spurious and time consuming route!

Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Power of Just Doing StuffThe Transition Handbook, and The Transition Companion. In 2012, he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on Nesta and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals.

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Community wood recycling – Ben Moss – #BS12

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This month we talk to Ben Moss from Bristol Wood Recycling Project (BWRP).

Ben set up the recycling project in 2004 with the aims of:

  • Recycling timber from the waste stream,
  • Promoting social inclusion,
  • Being self funding
  • Providing affordable timber to the community. This is an excellent project that benefits the community on many levels and gets the maximum use out of precious materials.

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Earth Floor on channel 4’s: Grand Designs

I’m very proud that an Earth Floor I created has just been shown on Channel 4’s: Grand Designs.

The episode can be seen here for a few more weeks

It was a joy and honour to be a small part of Ed and Rowena’s incredible journey in creating this very special home. The approach and outcome are equally wonderful. 

 The finish was linseed oil and a final coat of beeswax to finish. This floor is waterproof and hard wearing yet it has a slight softness to it which is very satisfying to walk on.

The clay for the floor was dug on site and the sand was from within a mile away. 

Many thanks to Joe from Hartwyn for his hard work helping to lay the floor before the TV deadline!

More info on earth floors can be found on www.earthfloors.co.uk