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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!

#13 -2024 Sara Gutterman CEO Green Builder Media

June 16, 2024

Sara Guterman is the CEO Green Builder Media, an avid outdoors person, and a leader of change and innovation in our construction industry.  Many have moved on from the term, “green building”. Sara has embraced it, is conscious of the potential for green washing, and has built a network of builders, consumers, suppliers and trades…

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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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#13 -2024 Sara Gutterman CEO Green Builder Media

June 16, 2024

Sara Guterman is the CEO Green Builder Media, an avid outdoors person, and a leader of change and innovation in our construction industry.  Many have moved on from the term, “green building”. Sara has embraced it, is conscious of the potential for green washing, and has built a network of builders, consumers, suppliers and trades…

Read More

#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…

Read More

#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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#9-2024 Dr. Ian Giammanco and IBHS’s Thunderstorm Ready Home

April 22, 2024

Dr. Ian Giammanco is the Managing Director for Standards & Data Analytics and a Lead Research Meteorologist at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Center. He has been instrumental in the creation of IBHS’s Thunderstorm Ready Home program which was created in the wake of severe weather events. In 2023 alone 20 states…

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#7-2024 Devon Tilly – The Art of Construction a platform that is bring people together in the construction industry

March 24, 2024

Devon Tilly is a visionary who sought me out to partner on a deep dive series on his Art of Construction podcast. He speaks often about platforms and master facilitators, and it took me quite some time to better understand that he is a big thinker whose objective is to bring the construction community together.…

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