Building Sustainability – A Hartwyn Podcast

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We are very pleased to announce that we have started the ‘Building Sustainability’ podcast for your listening pleasure. It consists of interviews 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.

Once a month we will be releasing a new episode

The Building Sustainability Launch pack!

Hartwyn Natural Builders – BS001

Jeffrey is joined by his colleague Joe Duirwyn to discuss how their company, Hartwyn. Hartwyn uses a unique student model to train future natural builders on their live builds. They discuss how Hartwyn’s free training program benefits the students, and the industry.
They also discuss the aims of the podcast and run through some of the upcoming episodes. That are sure to delight your ears in the upcoming months!

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!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The One Planet Development policy, what it entails and how it’s unique. 
  • Chris’ particular piece of land and how they are meeting the requirements for the policy.
  • The straw bale house that Chris and his family have built for themselves
  • The One Planet Council and the excellent work they do

How to create an anti capitalist building site with Emma Appleton – BS003

Emma Appleton has drawn up a list of 100 ways to make an anti capitalist building site. We discuss some of the issues that exist on current building sites and the larger effects. Then we delve more deeply into Emma’s list to better understand how we can create a more harmonious building culture.

Links to Emma work
Emma’s Website –
Emma Appleton TEDx Talk – Building sites without patriarchal capitalism

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  • Veronica Balfour Paul

    Hi, I enjoyed your interview/chat with Emma
    . I am a cob builder and I really appreciated the discussion.
    I have been on more conventional building sites as the only female so I understood exactly what she was getting at
    .I have found that when doing cob workshops there is a point where everyone goes quiet as they delve into their own experience of building/plastering, with mud. This is when I know it’s going well.
    I hate the pollution created by non-natural building. When you build using non polluting materials there is so little clear-up necessary.
    Stretching and drinking water! Yes.
    Anyway, thanks for the interesting talk.

  • Chris Field

    Hi, Just wanted to say how much I’ve been enjoying your podcast – listened to the first three episodes in one day. Just what I’ve been looking for as I begin my journey into learning natural building. Thanks for the inspiration and the chuckles! Now to listen to the spoons episode.

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