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Building Sustainability consists of conversations with 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.
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Part 2  of the 2 part episode in partnership with Earth Building United Kingdom and Ireland (EBUKI.co)We wanted to find out about the training available to those wanting to get into earth building in the UK and Ireland. All to often this information is provided from the trainers perspective and doesnt show the difficulties of getting into this industry. In this episode I talk to Miki Z and Jamie Ingle. This episode with conversations with  and ends with my thoughts on what we can do to better train the future earth builders. Episode 34 linksClayfestPrince's FoundationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Part 1 of a 2 part episode in partnership with Earth Building United Kingdom and Ireland (EBUKI.co)We wanted to find out about the training available to those wanting to get into earth building in the UK and Ireland. All to often this information is provided from the trainers perspective and doesnt show the difficulties of getting into this industry. In this episode I talk to Kit Jones and Anna Castilla Vila. Episode 34 will follow straight on from this episode with conversations with Miki Z and Jamie Ingle and ends with my thoughts on what we can do to better train the future earth builders. Episode 33 linkshttps://buildingbiology.com/https://www.cat.org.uk/https://www.ukhempcrete.com/https://princes-foundation.org/education/building-craft-programme-heritage-skills-nvq-level-3Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
I'm very pleased to welcome the podcast - builder, photographer, publisher, editor and blogger... Lloyd Kahn! Lloyd is the editor in chief at Shelter Publications, has now published eight books on building; this series is called The Shelter Library Of Building Books. Included are Home Work, the sequel to Shelter, Tiny Homes, and Lloyd’s favorite, Builders of the Pacific Coast.In the mid-‘60s, Lloyd Kahn quit his job in the insurance business and began working as a carpenter, first building post and beam houses, then geodesic domes. In 1968, he became the shelter editor of The Whole Earth Catalog, which led him to publish two books on dome building and then, in 1973, the book Shelter (which went on to sell 270,000 copies). Lloyd’s been writing ever since.Podcast linksShelter Publications Lloyds BlogBook: ShelterBook: Tiny HomesBook: Builders of the Pacific CoastBook: Home WorkBook: Small HomesFilm: My Octopus TeacherNext book - Rolling homesEssays - DomesMy roundhouse build, greatly inspired by Lloyd's books (shameless self promotion)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
This episode we are talking with British folk singer, Jay McAllister AKA Beans on Toast. We began talking about "how the arts, music and storytelling could save the world from climate catastrophe." But, I think what came out of the conversation was that of hope, believing in people and celebrating the good in humanity. The conversation covers the role of the artist, how to have hope, great storytellers, inspirational books, socially distanced gigs.... to name but a few topics...  and it ends with Beans on Toast playing a track from his new album.Beans on Toast Bio:"He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues. Political protest songs for the modern day, honest and open Love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think with no holds barred honesty and quick wit. He tours constantly and has gigged and played festivals all over the world. The Beans on Toast live show is an odd and unpredictable experience. A singer, songwriter and storyteller his self-deprecating quality is not something you often see, but it breaks down the barrier between musician and audience, creating a sense of equality."BS31 Links - Beans on ToastBeans on toast websiteSong - Beans on Toast - Stinging NettlesSong - Beans on Toast - Take your shit home with youSong - Beans on Toast - Strange DaysAlbum - Beans on Toast - The inevitable train wreckAlbum - Beans on Toast - A bird in the handFrank TurnerPlaylist - Beans on Toast - The long drive homeSong - Holly Williams - Waiting on JuneTodd SniderJohn PrineSong - Guy Clark - The Randall KnifeAlbum - Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the danceGabe LeeBrent CobbPodcast - Nick Hayes - Bridges to the futureBook - Nick Hayes - Trespass Book - Rutger Bregman - HumankindTom RobbinsBook - Tom Robbins - Jitterbug PerfumeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
This episode we are speaking with Sarah Partridge of Orchard Barn - http://orchardbarn.org.uk/ Orchard barn is an off grid restoration project that is rebuilding a barn and long house using the traditional tools and techniques that were used to build it the first time round. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
This episode we talk with Scott McAulay, from the Anthropocene Architecture School. Scott is a part 2 architectural technician who has been making lots of noise to shake up the architectural education model. We discuss Scott's journey to this point and how the anthropocene architecture school has developed and grown into a rebellious voice of common sense - pushing for a change in the education of architects to bring the climate emergency to the forefront of design requirements.Support this PodcastEpisode LinksAnthropocene Architecture School (Twitter)Anthropocene Architecture School (Facebook)Scottish Environmental Design Association (SEDA)Girl who silenced the world for 5 minutesHawkland Ecological ConstructionUK HempcreteLight Revolution (Book)Climate alliance Architecture Education DeclaresArchitects Climate Action NetworkSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Full show notes coming soon!Emily's Blog - https://plasterwithwa.wordpress.com/Japanese Earthen Plaster Exchange - https://thejepe.org/Japanese Plaster Craft - https://www.facebook.com/groups/japaneseplastercraft'Mizugone' Plastering Video discussed - https://youtu.be/Mti9FiZha6QSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Today I talk with Emily Reynolds, author of 'Japan's Clay Walls: A Glimpse into their Plaster Craft' - This is part 1 of 2!Today we discuss trowels, bamboo backing, LinksJapanese Earthen Plaster Exchangewww.righttoroam.org.ukSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Something a bit different today. I talk with Wibbs Coulson about how we can look after our bodies to keep us able to build, craft or just stay in good shape! Videos from the podcastYoga inspired movements for wrists/arms/shoulder health - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDbyFi67fkAAnatomy in motion inspired movement for back pain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_mE9qmTPssBox breathing technique - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG48FfT3QnoMovnat inspired Combo work out - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bwo1Udu2BYDaily Check in - https://findingcentre.co.uk/wake-your-body-up/LinksWibbs Patreon Page - https://www.patreon.com/mandukyayogaNick Hayes Book Preorder - https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Nick-Hayes/The-Book-of-Trespass--Crossing-the-Lines-that-Divide-Us/24600439Wake up your feet - https://findingcentre.co.uk/wakeyourfeetup/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Show notes available at: http://jeffreythenaturalbuilder.com/natural-builder-question-time-pt2-will-stanwix-bs25In this episode I talk with Will Stanwix - Co-author of 'The Hempcrete book - Designing and building with hemp lime'. Will is not only a hemp-lime builder, but also a trained building surveyor and now an accomplished earth builder too.This is the second part of a 2 hour conversation between Will and myself. For this, we took turns to ask each other questions and go off on geeky/silly tangents. I've always enjoyed talking to Will as he isn't afraid to talk about failures. His honesty about not knowing all the answers is refreshing and really helps you to learnIn this episode we discuss -What would you tell the younger version of yourself about natural buildingWet trades Vs Dry tradesOur favourite booksWhat do you call your job title?Favourite natural building productIs Natural Building cheap?If you'd like to hear the original recording, where Will talks about the writing of the Hempcrete book, and how he built and financed building his own home - you can find this on the building sustainability Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainabilityBS25 - Natural Builder Question Time Pt2 - Will Stanwix LinksFoamglas - Glapor - https://www.lime.org.uk/products/glapor-foamed-glass-gravel/glapor-recycled-foamed-glass-rfg.htmlLeca clay balls - https://www.leca.co.uk/Lime green warmshell wood fibre board - https://www.lime-green.co.uk/warmshellEmily Reynolds - Japan's Clay Walls - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9064462-japan-s-clay-wallsJames Henderson - Clay walls - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3592234-earth-render---the-art-of-clay-plaster-render-and-paintsLloyd Kahn Books - https://www.shelterpub.com/Chris Magwood - https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Chris-Magwood/Making-Better-Buildings--A-Comparative-Guide-to-Sustainab/16005285Franz Volhard - https://www.waterstones.com/book/light-earth-building/franz-volhard/9783035606348Historic England practical conservation - https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/technical-advice/buildings/practical-building-conservation/Tom Woolley - Health and Indoor Air Quality - https://www.celticsustainables.co.uk/building-materials-health-and-indoor-air-quality-tom-woolley/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Show notes available at: http://jeffreythenaturalbuilder.com/natural-builder-question-time-pt1-will-stanwix-bs24In this episode I talk with Will Stanwix - Co-author of 'The Hempcrete book - Designing and building with hemp lime'. Will is not only a hemp-lime builder, but also a trained building surveyor and now an accomplished earth builder too.This is the first part of a 2 hour conversation between Will and myself. We recorded a conversation right at the beginning of lockdown , then decided to shelve that on and do something better! For this, we took turns to ask each other questions and go off on geeky/silly tangents. I've always enjoyed talking to Will as he isn't afraid to talk about failures. His honesty about not knowing all the answers is refreshing and really helps you to learn. Episode sponsored by https://www.cyclaireshop.co.uk/In this episode we discuss -Our favourite bindersRebecca Reid (Our favourite plasterer)Our favourite toolsClay floor mixesOur natural building herosIf you'd like to hear the original recording, where Will talks about the writing of the Hempcrete book, and how he built and financed building his own home - you can find this on the building sustainability Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability BS24 - Natural Builder Question Time Pt1 - Will Stanwix LinksThe hempcrete book - https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/William-Stanwix/The-Hempcrete-Book--Designing-and-building-with-hemp-lime/16155784Emily Reynolds - Japan's Clay Walls - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9064462-japan-s-clay-wallsJames Henderson - Clay walls - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3592234-earth-render---the-art-of-clay-plaster-render-and-paintsGraham Durrant - http://hemplimespray.co.uk/HG Matthews - https://www.hgmatthews.com/Barbara Jones - https://strawworks.co.uk/Sun Ray Kelly - https://www.sunraykelley.com/Lloyd Kahn Books - https://www.shelterpub.com/Sukita - https://www.claylin.com/Bill & Athena Steen - http://www.caneloproject.com/Chris Magwood - http://endeavourcentre.org/Japanese plastering tools - https://japaneseplastering.com/My mixer - https://multiquip.co.uk/product/multiquip-concrete-mixer/Refina trowels https://www.refina.co.uk/polishing-trowels/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Full show notes available at: http://jeffreythenaturalbuilder.com/bs23-earth-floors-are-the-most-sustainable-floors-sukita-reay-crimmelThis week I am talking with earth floor expert Sukita Reay Crimmel. Sukita has laid thousands of square feet of earthen floor, written the book on earth floors... and was an extremely influential teacher to me back at the beginning of my natural building journey! This episode is essentially two earth floor lovers, geeking out pretty hard. We talk through the basic earth floor knowledge, then jump into some more geeky in depth topics. We also learn about Sukita's company 'Claylin'.We talked for a long time, and I've had to edit some bits out to make it listenable in one go! - You can hear some of the bits that didn't make the cut on our Patreon page - http://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability  Episode linksClaylinSukita's earth floor book - https://newsociety.com/books/e/earthen-floorsEarthfloors.co.ukLiving building challengeHerefordshire Grand DesignsCut the Craft podcastHave you heard George's podcast?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
The second of our 'Barn the Spoon' double bill. In this episode Barn talks about 'New Wood Culture' - A holistic approach to working with wood that connects the growing of trees and managing of woodlands. It encompasess selecting, appreciating and felling of trees, and all the items that can be crafted from them.Barn is a greenwood worker, spoon carver and authorPodcast LinksBarn the SpoonSpoonfestTower Hamlets Cemetery ParkBarn's Book - SponBodgers BallFritiof RunhallDaniel Lundberghttps://www.greenwoodcraftsman.com/About-Us.htmlLeave a review - Apple PodcastsCyclaire Shop We have the best outdoor knives and tools available from around the world for all recreations.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Support this podcast - PatreonThe first of a Barnaby Carder (Barn the Spoon) double bill. Barn is a spoon carver, co-organises spoonfest and is the author of several books including the excellent Spon.In this episode Barn tells us about how he got into wood-working at a young age and later discovered the joys of working green wood. His journey has been unusual and is told with Barn's classic humour. This episode is sponsored by https://www.cyclaireshop.co.uk/Episode linksSpoonclubThe Green Wood Guild (London)Robin WoodMike AbbottRay Mears essential bushcraftPfiel ToolsPeddlers License Ben and Lois OrfordTormek sharpeningWoodturning monthlyCyclaire Shop We have the best outdoor knives and tools available from around the world for all recreations.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
This episode is a conversation with Bristol Permaculture legend Sarah Pugh. We discuss the nuances of permaculture in a city and how permaculture is all about building communities. Black Lives Matter LinksDonate toStop Hate UKBlack Lives Matter UK (UKBLM)Legal fund to combat racial injusticePetitions to signUpdate GCSE reading listTeach British Children About the Realities of British Imperialism and ColonialismAnti-Racism Education to be Compulsory in U​K SchoolsAnti Racism Resources bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES - a detailed list of books, podcasts, videos and articles to read. About Sarah"I have been facilitating permaculture courses since 1999 and teaching them since 2003. I was incredibly fortunate to do my apprenticeship with Mike Feingold and Patrick Whitefield, both experienced and innovative teachers. Alongside my teaching I have worked as a community gardener, event organiser and general rabble rouser within the thriving grassroots of Bristol.My focus has always been on inspiring people to use Permaculture design to improve their local area, through collaborative work and reconnection with nature, particularly in urban areas. I teach an annual PDC in Bristol and contribute to other courses around the country."Episode linksShift BristolTransition networkTransition film mentionedTony Wrenchhttp://www.streetgoat.co.uk/https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/https://www.facebook.com/foreverfungihttps://www.proper-job.org/https://www.permaculture.org.uk/Permaculture magazinehttp://ronfinley.com/http://100ways.site/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
I talk with Paul Allen from the Centre for Alternative Technology about how Britain can get to Net Zero carbon using only existing technologies.Incorporating work from the last 12 years of Zero Carbon Britain research and the latest scientific and technological developments, the report presents a technically feasible scenario showcasing a future Zero Carbon Britain using only proven technology.Link: Executive summary of Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the climate emergencyZero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency explores how we can do what we know is necessary, clearly demonstrating that we already have all the technologies we need to achieve net zero. By making changes to our buildings, transport systems, land use and behaviour, and by investing in a variety of renewable energy technologies, we can achieve a zero carbon transition while building in a wide range of additional benefits. The report provides a blueprint to open new conversations around the scale and speed of change we need to deliver if we are to rise to the climate emergency. It can be used as a template to help citizens and local and national policymakers develop and deliver zero carbon action plans. By using energy more efficiently we can power down demand by 60%.Support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainabilityPodcast Links:Centre for Alternative TechnologyZero Carbon Britain ReportZero Carbon Britain VideoLimits to growth movementGerard Morgan-Grenville (CAT Founder)Donut EconomicsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
This week we have a conversation with mud mason, Becky Little from Rebearth. "Rebearth is a Scottish company founded by mud mason Becky Little. We specialise in building, art and education using raw earth and natural materials.We have 25 years of experience in earth building techniques including mudwall (cob),  wattle and daub, light clay and hemp, turf building, soft capping, clay plasters, earth sculpture and decoration.By learning from the past and working with nature, we celebrate and develop the skills and traditions of earth building."Building with mud has got to be the most sustainable way to create a home. In terms of embodied carbon, it's got to be one of the lowest materials available. In terms of performance it's actually one of the best performing materials with regards to moisture buffering, heat buffering and removal of VOCs from the air. I think the biggest issue, is that mud has an image problem! People see it as medieval, and peasant technology that we (with all our technological advances) have moved on from and bettered. But the truth is we haven't... we have created materials that are faster or cheaper to build with, but not that are good for human health or that of the planet. Massive thanks to Becky for the conversation - Enjoy the episode!Support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainabilityBecky Little Podcast LinksRebearthSociety for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)Historic ScotlandKevin McCabe (Cob Builder)Kevin McCabe - Grand designs houseArticle on CO2 emissions of cement production Cobbauge (cob research project)Earth Building UK and IrelandIanto Evans Book - Hand Sculpted HouseCob Cottage CompanyThomas Hoblyn (Chelsea flower show garden designer)The Dubai Majlis Garden (Chelsea flower show garden)Guy Valentine (Clay plasterer)Natural Homes (Website and facebook group)Simple Shelters FifeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
We continue our meander into the benefits for human health of access to countryside. This week in a conversation with writer, Illustrator and land justice campaigner - Nick HayesNick is just putting the finishing touches to his new book, 'The Book of Trespass - Crossing the Lines that Divide Us' and talks us through the themes and issues presented in the book. The Book of Trespass, Crossing the Lines that Divide UsA meditation on the fraught and complex relationship between land, politics and power, this is England through the eyes of a trespasser.The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass, we are excluded from 92 per cent of the land and 97 per cent of its waterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned. But behind them lies a story of enclosure, exploitation and dispossession of public rights whose effects last to this day.The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access. By trespassing the land of the media magnates, Lords, politicians and private corporations that own England, Nick Hayes argues that the root of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land.Weaving together the stories of poachers, vagabonds, gypsies, witches, hippies, ravers, ramblers, migrants and protestors, and charting acts of civil disobedience that challenge orthodox power at its heart, The Book of Trespass will transform the way you see England.Nick Hayes Bio - Nick Hayes is an illustrator and writer living in london. He has written and drawn four graphic novels, The Rime of the modern Mariner, Woody Guthrie and the dust Bowl Ballads, Cormorance and The Drunken Sailor, all published by Jonathan Cape, and is about to release his first non fiction work, called the Book of Trespass, in which he puts forward an argument for greater access to the countryside of England and Wales.Support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainabilityLinks from BS17 - Nick Hayeshttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-book-of-trespass-9781526604712/Open the golf courses to walkers during lockdownGuy Shrubsole - who owns england? how we lost our land and how to take it back (book)Sheffield Tree CampaignThe Overstory (Book)Jerusalem (Play)The Detectorists (TV)The Queen and Slim (Movie)Land Justice NetworkRob Hopkins reads chapter about dawn chorus, to the background of the dawn chorusOctavia Hill - Founder of the National TrustSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
This episode takes us a little away from our chosen niche, and looks at how we can create sustainability by getting out into nature, learning the plants and developing a deeper connection to the natural world. I talk with Fern Freud about foraging.Fern is a passionate forager and loves everything it encompasses: food, history, folklore, anthropology, the natural environment. She grew up foraging with her family on the South Downs, mainly for mushrooms, and now runs workshops and classes in Sussex. Fern aims to share the joy that foraging brings her, and inspire and educate others to forage safely and sustainably!You can find her recipes, virtual wild walks and foraging tips on Facebook and Instagram @foragedbyfern and find course dates and details on www.foragedbyfern.com--This episode is released while the UK is still on lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I'm releasing extra episodes during lockdown to aid people's mental wellbeing and hopefully keep them slightly entertained. Support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainabilityPodcast links@foragedbyfern (Instagram)www.foragedbyfern.comCherry Blossom Jam (Foraged by Fern Instagram) - DELICIOUS! Artist's Bracket FungusJohn Wright - The Foragers Calendar John Wright - HedgerowJohn Wright - Boozehttps://www.eatweeds.co.uk/Birch Sap CollectionDandelion HoneyDandelion WineNettle Wine (I used this recipe + some freshly grated ginger)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
Claire O'Neill is a director at 'A Greener Festival' a not-for-profit company, committed to helping events, festivals and venues around the world to become more sustainable and to reduce environmental impacts. As pioneers in event sustainability since the first research in 2005, AGF provide certification, training, expertise, and facilitate the exchange of best practice.A Greener Festival Award was set up in 2007 and since assessed nearly 500 events across 5 continents, from 500 to 200,000 daily capacity. AGF provide the first and only sustainable event certification which includes on site assessment and independent verification. Through self assessment, site visit assessment and post event analysis across 11 categories, we provide thorough and useful analysis, insight and credentials for your events sustainability actions.We talk about:The work that A Greener Festival doThe great plastic cup debateUsing waste food to feed festival goersClaire's favourite subject... human waste! Festival innovations and how they help in disaster relief and town planningThe Best UK festival for sustainabilityThe future of touring bands, post Covid 19Support this podcast:https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainabilityEpisode 15 Linkshttps://www.agreenerfestival.com/https://www.agreenerfestival.com/a-greener-festival-environmental-assessor-training/AIF Tent equivalent in straws - Facebook videohttp://www.greengathering.org.uk/https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festivalBoom festival water treatmentDGTL Festival circular food courthttps://www.loowatt.com/ - waterless toiletsGenesis gig streamed to cinemasSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)
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Dominic Ives

another excellent episode!

Sep 9th
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