Our expectations of the performance of houses has changes 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 year” 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 your 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 everyday that takes me one step closer. Having these difficult yet enlightening conversation is often were I learn the most.

At BuildTank, our mission is to use what we 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 the players in the industry we will learn something new from their story that will move us forward toward taking sustainable buildings to mainstream building.

#26 – 2021 Bonus Episode EEBA Session – Creating an Airtight Shaft Liner Area Separation Wall

December 13, 2021

Creating an Airtight Shaft Liner Area Separation Wall The IECC requires that town homes and duplexes achieve 3 or 5 ACH50 depending on the climate zone the dwelling is built in. My experience is that attached housing is 2-3 time leakier than detached even though detached is generally twice as large. In the past creating…

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#25-2021 Bill Rectanus, COO at Thrive Home Builders, discusses the business of Building from planning to going vertical.

December 5, 2021

Bill Rectanus is chief operating officer, or COO, at Thrive Home builders, and today he will walk us through his journey to becoming a COO at this regional production builder, how the company began building only DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes, and the planning and economics that need to happen years in advance before a…

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#24-2021 Nigel Watts – bringing RHEIA HVAC airtight compact air distribution system to market.

November 22, 2021

Nigel Watts is successfully bringing the new RHEIA HVAC airtight compact air distribution system to market. Rheia’s compact air distribution system is significantly faster to install, located entirely within the home’s conditioned space, without using unsightly, expensive bulkheads and chases. Rheia improves comfort and helps maximize efficiency, at a competitive price. Listen Now on Anchor…

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