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Our expectations of the performance of houses has changed faster than how we build to achieve that performance. So, at the beginning of a conversation in the construction industry, when I hear, “I have been building for 30 years” I think to myself, there are only two outcomes from this conversation. First, the person is putting up a guard and will not be receptive to an applied building science approach.  You know, houses have to breath or you’re telling me to tighten up the house and then punch a hole in it for ventilation. On the other hand, the person may have amazing insights and experiences to share.

When I step back, I realize that I’ve almost been working in this industry for 30 years. With an emphasis on sustainable high-performance building, I still struggle to integrate what I do into mainstream building, yet I tend to learn something new every day that takes me one step closer. Having these difficult yet enlightening conversation is often where I learn the most.

At BuildTank, my mission is to use what I learn by applying building science in the field to affect meaningful change in the construction industry. This buildCAST is the next step. By having broad conversations with different players in the industry I learn something new from their story that will move us forward toward taking sustainable buildings to mainstream building.

I hope you will learn something as well. Enjoy!

#5- 2024 Enrico Bonilauri – A report on the performance of 12 Building Standards

February 25, 2024

There is no doubt that Enrico Bonilauri is a passionate advocate for performance based Passive House construction. He has recently researched and publishing a white paper report comparing twelve building standards used in the United States which concludes that current building codes and building programs fail to deliver resilient and healthy buildings for their occupants.…

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#4 – 2024 Kohta Ueno from Mentee to Mentor

February 13, 2024

I first met Kohta early in my carrier after I got laid off from a builder, started my own company, and then that same builder became my client.  When I worked for them, we built their first environmental research house, and then the Building America program began consulting on their second. BSC was the consultant assigned…

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#2-2024 Martin Holladay – a self-made building scientist

January 15, 2024

Martin Holladay is a self-made building scientist who followed a passion that led to a carrier in investigating how to build comfortable, efficient, and resilient buildings and then writing about it. First in JLC, then in Energy Design Update, and finally for Green Building Advisor. All publications Martin’s either started or helped to bring to…

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#12 -2024 Asa Foss EnergyStar and NextGen electrification for new homes

June 2, 2024

Asa Foss is the program manager for the ENERGY STAR Nextgen Certified Homes program, which is the first federal new construction certification program focused on operational decarbonization. The program requires that the base home be labeled under EnergyStar for new homes, and then install a climate specific heat pump for heating and cooling, a hot…

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#11-2024 Allison Bailes HVAC Design and All Things Heat Pumps

May 20, 2024

Alison Bailes has a PhD in Physics and tried academic life but found his true passion in building science while building his own house.  He has moved on and is now fully renovating his current house kind of in the same way that he moved on from home energy ratings, where I first met him,…

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#10-2024 Emily Mottram Architect and the Pretty Good House

May 5, 2024

Emily Mottram often describes herself as a “little Nerdy” and as an architect that expresses itself in a focus on people and planet, through high performance design of residential buildings. Emily helped to define high performance construction, as one of the authors of the “Pretty Good House” book which states that the goal is a…

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#12 -2024 Asa Foss EnergyStar and NextGen electrification for new homes

June 2, 2024

Asa Foss is the program manager for the ENERGY STAR Nextgen Certified Homes program, which is the first federal new construction certification program focused on operational decarbonization. The program requires that the base home be labeled under EnergyStar for new homes, and then install a climate specific heat pump for heating and cooling, a hot…

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#11-2024 Allison Bailes HVAC Design and All Things Heat Pumps

May 20, 2024

Alison Bailes has a PhD in Physics and tried academic life but found his true passion in building science while building his own house.  He has moved on and is now fully renovating his current house kind of in the same way that he moved on from home energy ratings, where I first met him,…

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#10-2024 Emily Mottram Architect and the Pretty Good House

May 5, 2024

Emily Mottram often describes herself as a “little Nerdy” and as an architect that expresses itself in a focus on people and planet, through high performance design of residential buildings. Emily helped to define high performance construction, as one of the authors of the “Pretty Good House” book which states that the goal is a…

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