Home Style Green



Building a healthy, happy lifestyle without it costing the Earth. Tips, tricks and trends in green home building and remodeling.


  • The two key principles of home performance

    The two key principles of home performance

    10/04/2021 Duración: 33min

    Stuart Lee loves what he does, which is mostly building Passive House homes in Victoria, Australia. He was an early adopter of sustainable building and it was during a Master Builder Green Living event that he heard Clare Parry speak about Passive House. It all made a lot of sense and Stuart enrolled himself on a Passive House Tradesperson course. In this interview, he describes what makes a home really perform, and why he loves what he does.

  • 249: How to build a healthy home for an ideal lifestyle

    249: How to build a healthy home for an ideal lifestyle

    02/04/2021 Duración: 31min

    Mike Pickering is building an affordable but high quality, healthy and very energy efficient home for himself and his family on a lifestyle block in Napier. He's taken some learning from his experience building tiny homes and is sharing his project online. Check it out at https://ourlifeblock.co.nz

  • 248: What does a Passive House have in common with an F-111?

    248: What does a Passive House have in common with an F-111?

    27/03/2021 Duración: 46min

    Scott Stewart used to fly in high performance aircraft with the Royal Australian Air Force. Now he helps architects, designers and builders with the high performance details of Passive House homes.

  • 247 Sanctum Homes

    247 Sanctum Homes

    19/03/2021 Duración: 30min

    Hamish White is Director of Sanctum Homes, based in Victoria Australia. He's a registered Domestic Builder with a marketing degree! Since discovering Passive House, Hamish has been inspired to become a Passive House business. Architects, designers and other builders can be encouraged that there's a market out there and willing clients who want healthy, comfortable and energy efficient homes. I discuss with Hamish, how he got into the building industry and any advice he has for others interested in building better.

  • 246: Hawea Flat Passivhaus

    246: Hawea Flat Passivhaus

    06/03/2021 Duración: 45min

    The Hawea Flat Passive House in the middle of the South Island is a very special home. It boasts a number of 'firsts' for New Zealand and the journey of its creation has arguably changed more than just the way Jonathan Holmes lives.

  • 245 Your Surroundings are Everything

    245 Your Surroundings are Everything

    27/02/2021 Duración: 29min

    Michelle Rohrer-Lauer is an interior designer and business owner with nearly four decades of experience. She works with discerning clients out of her studio in Chicago, but her approach to sustainable design is applicable everywhere.

  • 244: Best Techs Contracting

    244: Best Techs Contracting

    12/02/2021 Duración: 50min

    Jason Scheurer has always been a business owner and he's always been motived to learn. Today, he and his wife Penny own and operate Best Techs Contracting where they design, build and remodel homes. But not just any homes. I connected with Jason during an online Passive House event recently. In this interview, we discuss how he's gone from an inquisitive general contractor to a newly elected board member of Passive House California.

  • 243 Get rid of Gas

    243 Get rid of Gas

    05/02/2021 Duración: 37min

    Richard Keech lives in a zero-carbon home in Melbourne. After some time in the Royal Australian Air Force and then as a software engineering and consultant in the private sector, Richard now helps people to understand energy. Specifically, renewable energy and energy efficiency. We discuss why it's a good idea to get rid of gas and electrify your home.

  • 242: Sustainable Furnishings Council

    242: Sustainable Furnishings Council

    16/01/2021 Duración: 41min

    Susan Inglis has always been a conscious consumer. In 2007 she helped set up the Sustainable Furnishings Council to promote awareness of all the 'stuff' we bring into our buildings. From curtains to carpets, and fittings and furniture, the products we bring into our homes have a huge impact on the environment. The Sustainable Furnishings Council works with industry to help inspire designers and consumers to make better choices about all the products inside our buildings.

  • Whats so Good about Wood?

    What's so Good about Wood?

    18/12/2020 Duración: 35min

    John Stulen is Co-Founder and Communications Director for Innovatek. He's passionate about wood and through the WoodWorks brand, John helps the construction industry by promoting the many benefits of engineered wood.

  • 240: Unearthing Passive House

    240: Unearthing Passive House

    13/12/2020 Duración: 28min

    Dean Hoggart found geology fascinating. He followed this passion hoping for a career in geothermal energy. After becoming a successful geotechnical engineer and drilling holes looking for oil and minerals, Dean realised he wasn't really doing what he'd like to be doing. So he took a leap and changed career. Today, he's a Certified Passive House Designer and is very happy to be applying science to the design of energy efficient homes.

  • 239: How to Build the Right Home

    239: How to Build the Right Home

    05/12/2020 Duración: 39min

    Jennifer Crawford first appeared on Home Style Green when Our New Home Coach was just getting started. Six years on, she's back to discuss her journey and why she still believes strongly in helping people build the right home.

  • 238: Building Passive Houses

    238: Building Passive Houses

    28/11/2020 Duración: 28min

    WD Homes (Wayne Dyet Homes Ltd) is a family run residential construction company, established in January 2005, based in Dunedin. 'Certified Passive House' or 'Passivhaus' Construction has quickly become a speciality for WD Homes. In this episode, we discuss how Wayne got started as a builder and what he enjoys about building Passive Houses.

  • Smart Exteriors

    Smart Exteriors

    22/11/2020 Duración: 30min

    Steven Glaze is an expert in the exterior home remodelling industry and specialises in siding and gutter protection systems. He started in the business working as an assistant at his father’s roofing company at the age of 16 and was estimating projects and managing crews by the time he was 18 years old. Today, Steve serves as Vice President of Sales for Smart Exteriors LLC, an award-winning home improvement company serving the greater Kansas City metro area. Steven works tirelessly to find the best exterior products and to educate homeowners on the best options for their goals and budgets. In fact, he recently wrote a homeowner’s guide for siding that is now available on Amazon.

  • 236: Sustainability Leadership

    236: Sustainability Leadership

    14/11/2020 Duración: 29min

    Sheryl Owen's purpose is to create a sustainable environment where everyone can thrive. The environment, says Sheryl, should not be a commodity available for a select few. In order for us to elevate, we must be aware of our impact on the environment and marginalised communities. In her day job and her numerous volunteer roles, Sheryl Owen helps companies find opportunities to link their environmental goals with how they can support their communities.

  • 235: From Gaudi to Passive House

    235: From Gaudi to Passive House

    06/11/2020 Duración: 20min

    While on tour as a young US Marine, Josh Oqueli was stationed in Spain for 6 months. In Barcelona, he walked into the Basílica de la Sagrada Família. At the time, he didn't know about the architect and master builder, Antoni Gaudi, but the experience of entering this enchanted space inspired Josh to find out. Gaudi's skill as both a designer and a builder resonated with Josh and led him on the path to creating the Bonsai Design + Build.

  • The Business of Sustainable Building

    The Business of Sustainable Building

    01/11/2020 Duración: 39min

    Robert Sroufe, PhD. is a Professor of Sustainability, Operations and Supply Chain Management at Duquesne University. His practical experience comes from sustainable supply chain management. He was ‘co-opted’ into the green building movement by experts that he invited him to present to their students about the business opportunities associated with building green.

  • 233: Using the gifts of the site to create a healthy, resilient home

    233: Using the gifts of the site to create a healthy, resilient home

    24/10/2020 Duración: 39min

    Living Shelter Architects is a design firm led by Terry Phelan in the Northwest of Washington State. The focus of their work is to provide healthy, resilient homes by combining natural materials with the "gifts of the site".

  • Sustainable Opportunties

    Sustainable Opportunties

    16/10/2020 Duración: 33min

    VCA Green provides green building consulting and commissioning. Their mission is to help clients achieve sustainability goals and long-term cost savings. I spoke with Principal Moe Fakih about where buildings sometimes go wrong and how companies like VCA Green can help with energy modelling, building rating, and commissioning. 

  • 231 Designing Light and Treading Lightly

    231 Designing Light and Treading Lightly

    09/10/2020 Duración: 39min

    How is overlighting of our internal environments, and overshading our cities, affecting our wellbeing? Antony DiMase is a thoughtful Architect based in Melbourne, Australia. We discuss the role that architecture can play in making better places for people and the planet.

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