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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!

#24 -2023 Ross Trethewey Principal Te2 Engineering. Making HVAC design understandable.

November 20, 2023

Ross Trethewey thinks Zero to 360 and is the founder of TE2 Engineering. TE2 is a full-service engineering design and consultation firm that specializes in high performance HVAC design, renewable energy design and MEP design. Thanks to Travis Brungart and Joe Cook at Catalyst Construction, I met Ross at the BS and Beer Building Science…

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#23-2023 DOE’s Building America Solution Center and the Building Science Advisor

November 5, 2023

The Building America Solution Center grew out of the Department of Energy’s Building America Program. A Program that has been a source of innovations in residential building energy efficiency and performance for over 25 years. The Building America Program leverages cutting-edge building science research to develop the solutions and best practices needed to advance energy efficiency…

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#22-2023 Todd Usher Addison Homes – Builder, Professor, Energy Rater

October 22, 2023

Todd Usher is the Founder of Addison Homes a South Carolina home building company specializing in building healthy, high-performance homes that emphasize increased comfort and durability, better indoor air quality, greater energy efficiency, and the use of sustainable materials with lower embodied carbon.  How does he do this, he partners with the Department of Energy’s…

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#24 -2023 Ross Trethewey Principal Te2 Engineering. Making HVAC design understandable.

November 20, 2023

Ross Trethewey thinks Zero to 360 and is the founder of TE2 Engineering. TE2 is a full-service engineering design and consultation firm that specializes in high performance HVAC design, renewable energy design and MEP design. Thanks to Travis Brungart and Joe Cook at Catalyst Construction, I met Ross at the BS and Beer Building Science…

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#23-2023 DOE’s Building America Solution Center and the Building Science Advisor

November 5, 2023

The Building America Solution Center grew out of the Department of Energy’s Building America Program. A Program that has been a source of innovations in residential building energy efficiency and performance for over 25 years. The Building America Program leverages cutting-edge building science research to develop the solutions and best practices needed to advance energy efficiency…

Read More

#22-2023 Todd Usher Addison Homes – Builder, Professor, Energy Rater

October 22, 2023

Todd Usher is the Founder of Addison Homes a South Carolina home building company specializing in building healthy, high-performance homes that emphasize increased comfort and durability, better indoor air quality, greater energy efficiency, and the use of sustainable materials with lower embodied carbon.  How does he do this, he partners with the Department of Energy’s…

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Episode #1 and interview with Robby Schwarz

July 20, 2020

I am Robby Schwarz, your host, and I would like to spend this first episode telling you my story before I go out and seek others. So, let’s get started. https://anchor.fm/robby-schwarz/episodes/And-Interview-with-myself–Robby-Schwarz-The-Host-of-BUILDCast-edp0

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