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Zero Ambitions Podcast

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Zero Ambitions Podcast

Jeff, Dan, Sara, Alex & Duncan

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A podcast about sustainability, the built environment, and carbon-zero goals. Focused on what can be done to meet the collective challenges that lie ahead, this is a podcast to share good practice, advice and stories about the importance of sustainable building and our obsession with retrofit. The podcast will bring you interviews with organisations and institutions that play key roles in the move to net-zero homes and the stories of people who are living in them.
 
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Beyond Ambitions

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Beyond Ambitions

Beyond Ambitions Podcast

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Beyond Ambitions is the podcast for people just like us: young adults trying to find their proper footing as they enter the rest of their lives, A.K.A. adulthood. Join us as we talk about our passions, quirks, and more that help us live life to the fullest.
 
Des ambitions trop grandes est une série documentaire sonore de Rémi Saïki, Théo Peruchon et Damien Martinière. X, ancien prisonnier, raconte son parcours et son expérience en prison. -Sélection officielle au Paris Podcast Festival 2020 dans les catégories : *Prix SACEM de la meilleure musique (Rémi Saïki) *Prix Ausha du public -Lauréat du Podcast Creator Sessions, organisé par KissKissBankBank et la plateforme de podcast Majelan. -Mention spéciale au Tremplin By Sybel dans la catégorie "Doc ...
 
Join Britt, a minimalist, ginger cat enthusiast and person who doesn't understand why people do the things that they do most of the time, as she hosts Tiny Ambitions. What is Tiny Ambitions all about? Tiny Ambitions is about recognizing that the life you're living is enough. It's not about letting people or corporation make you feel like you need more to make your life worthwhile. Above all else, Tiny Ambitions is about the search for the tiny life. I don't know if I'll ever find it, but I h ...
 
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Sacred Ambitions

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Sacred Ambitions

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A Sacred space & Spiritual Place for the insightful, old souled, heart centered, spiritual, self-starter. Dedicated to the enterprising, empathic, creative-Intuitive. Quality of life topics centered on spiritual awakening, emotional healing, seeking meaning & life's calling. Answering life's call can be the most profound decision to make, especially after a lifetime of strife! Life lessons, stories & musings are shared. Intuitions & Personal insights are explored. Raw & Authentic Cover art p ...
 
People Behind the Business is about the challenges and rewards of running a small business right now. The point is to bring together small business owners worldwide to tell their stories about how/why they started their business, along with personal issues that impact how they do business. E.G: living with a mental or physical illness, hearing the word "no" a lot, and finding practical solutions to the challenges of establishing a loyal community of colleagues, customers + friends. My goal i ...
 
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We got a chance to have a chat with a bonafide celebrity, Ed Begley Jr. As well as being a TV and Hollywood actor, Ed is a long-time environmental activist, and in those terms, Ed is a man who walks the walk, not just red carpets. Jeff got in touch with him to speak about the Platinum LEED house he was able to build following the success of his rea…
 
The immensely knowledgable and experienced Marina Topouzi and Nigel Griffiths joined us for a chat about retrofit, this time adding heritage into the mix and acknowledging the past, not just thinking about the future. Marina Topouzi is a research associate at the Environmental Change Institute's energy research programme in the Lower Carbon Futures…
 
Alex and Dan took some time to speak with Allan Smith, Low Carbon Manager at Morrison Construction, to find out about how a tier one contractor is approaching the low-carbon game. The conversation took in the viability of the Passivhaus standard at scale, the responsibility for leading your supply chain in learning how to deliver for you, a little …
 
A great discussion with Gavin, the Chief Executive of the CIH, and Callum, who is the National Director in Scotland. We had a fascinating conversation that covered a wide range of housing policies, including new builds, retrofits, the private rented sector and loads. This is the second part of the podcast we recorded.…
 
Last year before CoP26, we spoke to Scott Foster, the Director of Sustainable Energy and Jenna Crammer at the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh.This year between the 21st and 23rd of September, the U.S. will host the first ever Global Clean Energy Action Forum in Pittsburgh. The three-day event will feature a high-level plenary, topical roundta…
 
A great discussion with Gavin, the Chief Executive of the CIH, and Callum, who is the National Director in Scotland. We had a fascinating conversation that covered a wide range of housing policies, including new builds, retrofits, the private rented sector and loads. This is the first of a two-parter, with the second out Thursday the 22nd of Septeb…
 
Bruno Herrmann, Executive Advisor on Globalization and Localization delves into global content effectiveness and gives practical tips on KPIs and processes.Bruno Herrmann, Executive Advisor on Globalization and Localization
 
This Zero Ambitions bonus episode is the second part of our CIH collaboration, produced a Scotland's Housing Festival 2022. Again, we're joined by Callum Chomczuk (National director, CIH Scotland) following the 'Four nations - one PRS system' session. That session introduced PRS reps from across the UK presenting their take on the priorities and ch…
 
We don't have a standard Zero Ambitions episode this week so we're putting out this bonus episode that we recorded back in May. We are joined by Callum Chomczuk (National director, CIH Scotland) following the festival's opening session "The right to a home". It is the first of a collaborative two-parter we produced a the Chartered Institute of Hous…
 
First, thanks for the heads-up, Joe! Part two of our chat with Robin McAlpine is an experienced political strategist and founder of the Scottish think tank, Common Weal. (Again. it's a little profane at points, so be warned if you have kids about.) Over the two episodes, we discuss the political landscape, the actual economics of change, how power …
 
Last week we met with 'friend of the show; Jennifer Phin, MD of A.C. Whyte & Co., a firm with decades of experience delivering energy efficiency through retrofit measures As part of our ongoing conversation about the challenges around retrofit, she has a lot to offer the discourse. Our discussion included the role of procurement in delivering succe…
 
This week Dan and Sara had the chance to speak with retrofit pioneer Russell Smith, of Parity Projects and Retrofit Works. As a long-marcher in the retrofit space, we talked about the challenges of being a first-mover in the retrofit industry, the perennial problems it faces, and the necessity for significant culture change at all levels. This also…
 
In this episode, Sara speaks to Charlotte Bailey from Civic Square.Sara spoke to Charlotte about how we value approaches to problem solving in the built environment, going beyond technical responses into considering the importance of building trust and community, as well as the slow work of organising. All key facets of her role as Dream Matter Sto…
 
This week we didn't have a guest, just Dan, Duncan, Jeff, and Sara. But we still managed to record two hours of chatter. We won't subject you to it all. This episode started out by discussing the right of reply that contractors are probably due on Zero Ambitions (they come in for a lot of stick), and we also talked about the difficulties in maintai…
 
With much of Europe in literal meltdown, we wanted to talk about another kind of overheating – natural, but very much carbon-assisted, overheating. We took some time to pick the brains of three bona fide experts, passive house consultants Nick Grant, Alan Clarke, and sustainable building journalist Kate de Selincourt. All three have been frequent c…
 
Part two of our chat with Robin McAlpine is an experienced political strategist and founder of the Scottish think tank, Common Weal. (Again. it's a little profane at points, so be warned if you have kids about.) Over the two episodes, we discuss the political landscape, the actual economics of change, how power is exercised in order to activate and…
 
This was a much more political conversation than usual, but don't be put off. Robin McAlpine is an experienced political strategist and founder of the Scottish think tank, Common Weal. We mainly wanted to speak with Robin about their Green New Deal, a fully-costed programme of action, explaining how life in Scotland will need to change in order to …
 
For this episode of Beyond Ambitions, Hans brings in a guest in Kaye, one of his good friends from back in university who is now a fresh graduate. For Hans, it's been more than a year since he left university, and in this episode he ponders with Kaye the outlooks of their presents and their futures, and how Kaye's prospects of the future compares t…
 
This week we spoke to Immy Kaur of Civic Square and Jack Minchella of Dark Matter labs about the upcoming Retrofit Reimagined festival, who is taking part, why it's happening, and how you can get involved and attend. For more details check the following links: bit.ly/RetrofitReimagined22 https://civicsquare.cc/ https://www.architectscan.org/ https:…
 
We had a chat with architect and building physicist, Gary Wilburn. He's the MD of EP Projects (the architectural wing of Energy Pro Group), and Chair of the Board of Trustees at the AECB. He's been a pioneer in sustainable construction, pushing innovation in sustainable architecture and design, incorporating building physics and whole-life value as…
 
Yoko Drain of Zendesk takes us through how her team uses Machine Translation, site traffic analytics, and post-editing to empower customers and reduce the number of support tickets submitted.Yoko Drain, Senior Director, Product Globalization at Zendesk
 
In this second of a two-part interview with Peter Rickaby, we discuss the challenges of how we upgrade the UK’s historic housing stock and the difficulties we face with our hard-to-treat properties. We talk about heat pumps and the additional energy we’ll need to electrify heating as well as low carbon heat networks and where it could and should be…
 
Last week Jeff, Dan, Sara and Duncan met up with Dr Peter Rickaby to talk about all things retrofit. The conversation centred on PAS 2035 and the work that is going on to review the process over the coming year. However, as usual, we got so involved in the various different themes around retrofit that we made enough for two podcasts so this is part…
 
Great discussion with Yogini of the Passivhaus Trust, Dr Ken Gibb at Glasgow University and Chris Morgan of John Gilbert Architects on the retrofit of the sandstone tenement block in the Southside of Glasgow at Niddrie Road to EnerPHit standards.Jeff, Dan, Sara, Alex & Duncan
 
The AECB is a network of individuals, companies & organisations promoting sustainable building since 1989. With over 1800 members, their aim is to bring together tradespeople, architects, engineers, and builders interested in low carbon retrofit to train and promote best practices, bring about lasting and sustainable change within the construction …
 
The AECB is a network of individuals, companies & organisations promoting sustainable building since 1989. With over 1800 members their aim is to bring together tradespeople, architects, engineers, builders anyone interested in low carbon retrofit to train and promote best practices. With the aim of bringing about lasting and sustainable change wit…
 
In this episode of Beyond Ambitions, Hans brings in a good friend of his in Em, a friend from all the way back in high school, to talk about his journey as he begins his career as a journalist. He narrates his beginnings in starting in his current job as a journalist in one of the country's leading fashion magazines, originating from an internship …
 
Decarbonising the built environment is the greatest engineering challenge the UK has ever faced. We are now in an unprecedented period of transformation that requires innovation at speed and scale. The recent rebranding of Construction Scotland Innovation Centre to Built Environment – Smarter Transformation or BE-ST marked a strategic change in how…
 
This week we’ve gone back to an episode of the podcast that we recorded in the Autumn of 2021 about the UK Energy Market with Professor Kevin Albertson. The episode was made just after the Ofgem price cap increase in October. We discussed the UK energy market and how it came about, and the opportunity for the Government to get involved, both in reg…
 
Conversation with Chris Clarke, who is the Performance and Improvement Director at Scape Group. Scape is one of the UK's leading public sector procurement authority within construction and services. Scape is a leading provider of services that accelerate project delivery, embed value for money and create a positive procurement experience.…
 
We met with Nathan Gambling of the Beta Teach platform and BetaTalk podcast. A champion for better heating systems, better training and education, renewables, and clean technology. We talked about the challenges and complexities associated with heating engineering, not just heat pumps, and the need to optimise our existing heating infrastructure in…
 
SHEESH! In this episode of Beyond Ambitions, Hans and Lorenzo explore the conyo culture, a sub-culture so popular and engrained in many. They explore the history, the memes, the comedic effects it has, and how its roots began and will possibly continue to carry on as we move forward. From history lessons to initial derogatory roots, to finally a cu…
 
After our scheduled guest postponed their appearance we took the opportunity to discuss an issue that's been a little bit fractious in the Zero Ambitions chat: should be building new homes at all? Heads up: it was an evening pod, some drink had been taken; apologies if the early reference to war in Ukraine sounds a bit glib, we aren't able to publi…
 
Felicitas Kermarrec, Head of Copywriting and Translation at Spread Group shares how her team works to balance copywriting content specifically for some markets and localizing for others.Felicitas Kermarrec, Head of Copywriting & Translation at Spread Group
 
Heating problems: systemic issues around design, accessibility, and economics We talked about how poor system design inhibits accessibility (and optimisation), how the heating industry falls short in terms of diversity, and how difficult it is to find the right solutions, for all sorts of reasons.Jeff, Dan, Sara, Alex & Duncan
 
GET THAT MD BRO AGAIN! In this episode of Beyond Ambitions, Hans and Lorenzo bring in another guest, a good friend of theirs, Joel, who chronicles his journeys and perspectives into achieving the medical ambition and completing the journey throughout. With Joel ending his pre-med journey and soon to formally begin med school, the trio discuss expec…
 
Laura de Barra is an award winning author, illustrator, and property portfolio developer and has previously consulted on government schemes such as the Green Homes Grant around which she has some key observations. What drew us to Laura was her efforts in trying to empower mainly renters to understand and maintain their homes by sharing tips, tricks…
 
Tara Gbolade is an architect, passivhouse designer and cofounder of Gbolade Design Studio, a design-led, community centred practice, focused on sustainable design. She is a member of the Architect’s Declare steering group, sits on a number of design panels and co-founded the Paradigm Network, an organisation that champions black and asian represent…
 
In this episode of Beyond Ambitions, Lorenzo and Hans discuss productivity, the styles that surround it, what entails it, and finding the right balance for it. They discuss their personal styles, how they apply it to their respective occupations, what makes them tick, and how they maximize productivity in their own ways. A quicker discussion than u…
 
Caitriona Jordan from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) spoke with us about the importance of training in supporting a just transition and shared some of CSIC's plans for accelerating the built environment’s transition to zero carbon. Caitriona is Head of retrofit programmes, one of four interlinked programmes across which CSIC deliver…
 
Episode #31 with Adrian Leaman & Bill Bordass . If you’ve started looking into building performance and post occupancy evaluation at all you’ll soon come across research and tools that Adrian Leaman and Bill Bordass have had a hand in. Together they were involved in the creation of the BUS methodology, the Soft Landings framework, Probe, which late…
 
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