Eco Christmas Gift Ideas

Back in 2012 Sam Judd gave his ‘top ten eco-friendly gifts‘ for Christmas. Here’s my updated list of eco Christmas gift ideas to make your home (or someone else’s) a better place to live. Eco Christmas Tips Christmas time is a great time to be around family and to do some projects around the house. My Read More …

141: Are Passive House and Green Building Relevant in a Temperate Climate?

I love Rich Williams’ enthusiasm for what he does. Even if you don’t live in the temperate climate of San Diego, you can learn a lot about the relevance of concepts like Passive House for a better performing home. Alliance Green Builders are dedicated to ‘building tomorrow’s homes for today’. As well as being Passive Read More …

140 What happens when eco becomes mainstream?

Marketing can be used in an ‘evil’ way, but Kristy Hoare always wanted to use her marketing skills for good. She’s done this by helping to promote products that she believes can me the world better. As solar power and eco homes become more mainstream, it’s increasingly important to have somewhere to find unbiased information, and that’s Read More …

139: The Future of Green Design

The terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘eco’ are not obvious on Adam Taylor’s website. They are there (see if you can find them). But perhaps the future of green design is embedded in good design. Not something separate. Homestar Practitioner Among other things, Adam is a Homestar Practitioner. There’s nothing particularly special about this nowadays, except when you Read More …

135 How to Create A Life More Sustainable

Sydney based firm, PIDCOCK – Architecture and Sustainability is focused on desirable, sustainable architecture. I love the tagline displayed proudly on their site – ‘a life more sustainable’. Caroline Pidcock Director, Caroline Pidcock was heading for a career as an engineer but says she fell in love with architecture, almost by accident and has loved the Read More …

134: The 10 Principles of One Planet Living

From selling cloth nappies and raising money for Greenpeace in her local community, Sue Riddlestone is now literally taking on the world. Through her organisation, Bioregional, Sue has consulted to the UK Prime Minister and the UN on sustainability and climate change policies. Sue’s work on the sustainability policy for the 2012 Olympic Game, work Read More …

133: Greenbuilders

Polly Bart loves to get muddy. Despite having an undergraduate degree in architecture and a doctorate in city planning, Polly is not an architect. She’s a builder and founder of Greenbuilders, Inc. She loves creating, lifting rock and building things. In fact, she loves it so much, she can’t understand why everyone doesn’t want to build things! Read More …

131: How to live rich

Davie Philip feels and lives like a rich man. He’s an educator and facilitator at Cloughjordan (pronounced ‘clock-jordan’), rated one of the top 10 places to live in Ireland. Cloughjordan Ecovillage contains 129 energy efficient houses. It features a biomass-fuelled district heating system and the whole village is designed for biodiversity. Podcast Summary How the green Read More …

129: Vastu Architecture

This week I discuss Maharishi Vastu Architecture with Jon Lipman. Where ancient philosophy comes together with modern science to make spectacular and enriching buildings. Links http://www.maharishivastu.org/principles-of-maharishi-vastu-architecture http://www.maharishivastu.org/text-book https://www.facebook.com/MaharishiVastu http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/users/jonlipman http://jlipman.com/