BuildCast

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!

#3-2021 Jeffery Rhodin Principal of Lean Green Building, Inc.

February 14, 2021

A great conversation with Jeffrey Rhodin focusing on his deep knowledge of of lean thinking and six-sigma methodologies and the construction industry.  He is currently focusing on assisting builders and homeowners maximize their discretionary income and value of their homes by saving on heating, cooling, and electric expenses.  He Bring to bear the problems facing…

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#2-2021 A Conversation With Sam Rashkin

January 28, 2021

https://anchor.fm/robby-schwarz/episodes/2-2021-A-Conversation-With-Sam-Rashkin-epgh44 A compelling conversation with Sam Rashkin, currently Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy.  How did Sam get to were he is today and what is he doing in his spare time with “Housing 2.0” Energy Star website – https://www.energystar.gov/newhomes?s=mega…

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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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#18-2022 Heart of A Building with Paul Kriescher

August 14, 2022

  After growing a successfully energy rating company, Lightly Treading. Paul Kriescher managed a merger with PCD Engineering who later merged with Bowman consulting group. Paul now wears two hats. He is the Business development manager and thermal envelope specialist at Bowman Consulting in Colorado and is Executive producer and host of Heat of a…

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#17-2022 Travis Brungardt, Catalyst Construction, and the Midwest Building Science Symposium

August 1, 2022

Travis Brungardt of Catalyst Construction has spent more than two decades working professionally in the remodeling and homebuilding industry. He and his partner Joe Cook have brought building science and systems thinking into their company as a foundational principle for how they approach and execute their work building and remodeling homes. This episode explores Travis’s…

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#16 – 2022 Fred Malik and the Fortified Construction Program

July 17, 2022

The FORTIFIED construction method is a voluntary construction standard and program back by decades of research, that roofing contractors and builders can use to help protect their homes against sever weather events. FORTIFIED construction has been created from decades of research that the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety or (IBHS) has conducted. Fred…

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#18-2022 Heart of A Building with Paul Kriescher

August 14, 2022

  After growing a successfully energy rating company, Lightly Treading. Paul Kriescher managed a merger with PCD Engineering who later merged with Bowman consulting group. Paul now wears two hats. He is the Business development manager and thermal envelope specialist at Bowman Consulting in Colorado and is Executive producer and host of Heat of a…

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#17-2022 Travis Brungardt, Catalyst Construction, and the Midwest Building Science Symposium

August 1, 2022

Travis Brungardt of Catalyst Construction has spent more than two decades working professionally in the remodeling and homebuilding industry. He and his partner Joe Cook have brought building science and systems thinking into their company as a foundational principle for how they approach and execute their work building and remodeling homes. This episode explores Travis’s…

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#16 – 2022 Fred Malik and the Fortified Construction Program

July 17, 2022

The FORTIFIED construction method is a voluntary construction standard and program back by decades of research, that roofing contractors and builders can use to help protect their homes against sever weather events. FORTIFIED construction has been created from decades of research that the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety or (IBHS) has conducted. Fred…

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