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Alternative Materials and Affordable Homes. Touching Net Zero | Paul Richards – Founder, GURBuild


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Can homes be both energy-efficient and affordable? One visionary is changing the way we know homes.

In this episode, we sit down with industry trailblazer Paul Richards – the visionary founder of GURBuild Net Zero Energy Housing. Paul shares his remarkable journey and insights into revolutionising the housing sector.

Join us for a fascinating account of a man’s struggles against stubborn traditions of the construction industry. Paul has been a pioneer in introducing modern construction methods and promoting net-zero energy homes. Listen to Paul as he shares his inspiring story of challenges and triumphs against an environmentally unstable industry.

Learn about GURBuild hybrid construction system – a groundbreaking approach to building affordable and energy-efficient homes.

Tune in and learn:

  • How Paul found GURBuild Net Zero Energy Housing and brought Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to home building
  • The importance of attracting younger generations to construction through improved site conditions and innovative practices
  • About homes that minimise energy consumption and the concept of operational zero carbon homes
  • How GURBuild’s hybrid construction system is combining techniques from engineering, automotive, and aerospace industries
  • Paul’s insights on the future of MMC and increased use of hybrid solutions, composites, panel systems, and custom designs

And a lot more


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(00:00:00-00:02:30) Intro

(00:02:30-00:12:25) Paul’s Journey

(00:12:25-00:18:20) Solutions to Labour Shortage In Construction

(00:18:20-00:29:30) Passive House Standard and n-ZEP

(00:29:30-00:33:30) Engineer’s Thoughts on Construction

(00:33:30-00:39:00) View on MMC within Construction

(00:39:00-00:41:25) How Paul stays creatuve in his work

(00:41:25-00:42:16) Outro


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