143: Why is foam such a good building material?

Many people have concerns about using foam (polystyrene) because of the chemicals used to make the stuff. In fact some of those chemicals areĀ on the Living Building Challenge Red List. So why is foam such a good building material? Foam is a Great Insulator It’s all about R-value. Foam is an incredible thermal insulator. For Read More …

How big should eaves be?

Eaves are the classic case of form following function. In this podcast I lay out my three key reasons for having them, but a key question is, ‘how big should eaves be?’ Why have eaves? Radiation – They help shade you and your home from the summer sun, while still allowing light and warmth in Read More …