S3 | Episode EightApril 30th 2024

Topic 5: The Stuff We Use

In Conversation With: David Nicholson

Director: Natural Building Systems

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It was a great pleasure to spend some time discussing a new paradigm for our built environment with David Nicholson; considering how the construction of our buildings can actually support the drawing down of carbon.

David is the director of Natural Building Systems

His work not only explores how we can transform the impact of our buildings upon the climate, but how the use of natural materials is key to both creating and maintaining a healthy living environment for ourselves too.

Natural Building Systems is working directly with farmers to develop a supply chain for the hemp fibre utilised within their unique prefabricated system. Combining the best of nature and technology to work towards an affordable, adaptable system of building for a more regenerative future.

For a further breakdown of this discussion see the timestamps below, and use the references section to find links to learn more.

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A breakdown of the discussion:
00:00:00 – Intro
00:06:10 – Embodied carbon in buildings – the size of today’s problem
00:13:30 – The transition needed
00:17:30 – Synthetic insulation – look at the bigger picture
00:22:00 – The properties of hemp & short life cycle crops
00:29:00 – Utilising short life cycle crops as a more sustainable resource than timber?
00:34:30 – Working & developing with farmers
00:43:30 – The biobased modular system of Natural Building Systems
00:54:10 – The experience for a builder / developer to work with NBS & adaptability
01:00:00 – The experience to live within a NBS construction
01:05:00 – Collaborating / getting in touch / learning more

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