Chris Vernon – One Planet Development

One Planet Development with Chris Vernon – BS002

One Planet Development is a welsh planning policy. It enables those wishing to live off the land to buy agricultural land and build a house. Chris Vernon is part of the One Planet Council, giving advice and assistance to those wanting to build this way. He has also built his own straw bale house! Continue reading

Judith Thornton – Growing the perfect insulation

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

Adrian Leaman – Roundwood Timber Framing

Adrian Leaman Building Sustainability

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

Adrian Leaman from 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

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

Building Sustainability podcast

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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