BDE Podcast – Passivhaus with Elrond Burrell and Chris Herring

BuildingDesignExpert Podcast – Passivhaus with Elrond Burrell and Chris Herring . Architype Architects are based in Hereford and have a passion for sustainable architecture. Hand in glover with sustainable building design is the need to reduce energy use. Architype have achieved this by adopting the Passivhaus design and building standard; with a growing reputation for use of the standard on a... Read more »

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An Industry of Variable Resistance

We often refer to people in the construction industry who seem to be impervious to change as dinosaurs. Whilst some dinosaurs died out tens of thousands of years ago, it is true that we still have some around today. The ones that have survived have evolved and grown to suit their environments. They have reacted... Read more »

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Oil Rig Design and Why It’s Important

Oil rigs are critically important to maintaining the global demand for fuel. However, people are often more concerned with the building process of these oil industry constructs, and for good reason – faulty construction can prove to be both costly and extremely dangerous. However, before a rig can be built, it must first be designed... Read more »

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BDE Podcast – Unstabilised Rammed Earth pt.2

BuildingDesignExpert Podcast – Unstabilised Rammed Earth pt.1 This is part 2 and the final part of my interview with Roland Keable and we are talking “Unstabilised Rammed Earth wall construction”. How do you ‘stabilise’ Rammed Earth Wall construction? What would you call a rammed earth wall matrix that contained cement? and what are the processes involved during... Read more »

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BDE Podcast – Unstabilised Rammed Earth pt.1

BuildingDesignExpert Podcast – Unstabilised Rammed Earth pt.1 In my introduction to this podcast I describe this type of walling as a “niche” construction. How many times have you seen “rammed Earth Walling” in your recent travels around any building site? – I thought so – not too many then!! Rowland Keable is one of the... Read more »

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Building a Transition

“How on earth did they do that?” – “Brute force and ignorance!!” was a favourite response of my father. Less PC perhaps today than was in his, but, if you want to take a really close look, it doesn’t amount to much more. After all, whether we want to install a 50 tonne monolith at... Read more »

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