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!

#22-2022 Skilled Trade Training in High Schools with Matthew Blomquist and Michael Degitis

September 25, 2022

Matt Blomquist is the Building Trades Instructor at Taylorville high school in Illinois and Mike Degitis is the Construction and Applied Math Instructor at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in Denver Colorado. Although Matt and Mike are located in different states, they are making a difference in the construction industry teaching high school students the importance…

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#21 – 2022 Bonus Episode – Midwest Building Science Symposium recap from me and a few other attendees

September 18, 2022

Really Enjoyed the Midwest Building Science Symposium in KC on September 14 and 15th, 2022.  This episode is a quick recap of this event from me and a few of the attendees. Next up is the Southeast Building Science  Symposium OCT 12 & 13, 2022 Listen on ANCHOR now Midwest Building Science Symposium

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#20-2022 Dan Gorham and the new Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Wildfire Prepared Home Program

September 12, 2022

In episode #16 of 2022 I spoke with Fred Malik about the Fortified Construction Program. The FORTIFIED construction method is a voluntary construction standard and program designed to help protect homes against sever weather events. Primarily wind driven damage event. FORTIFIED construction was created from decades of research that the Insurance Institute for Business &…

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#4-2021 #1 Kirsch-Stroupe Passive House – Matt & Kerri the buyers/owner – How they got to Passive House

February 25, 2021

Listen now Kerri Stroupe and Matt Kirsch How they got to Passive House. Kerri and Matt have built an environmental ethic over the years starting at an early age yet it was a journey to find passive house when they decided to build their future retirement home in Tabernash Colorado Climate Zone 6.  This conversation…

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#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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#22-2022 Skilled Trade Training in High Schools with Matthew Blomquist and Michael Degitis

September 25, 2022

Matt Blomquist is the Building Trades Instructor at Taylorville high school in Illinois and Mike Degitis is the Construction and Applied Math Instructor at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in Denver Colorado. Although Matt and Mike are located in different states, they are making a difference in the construction industry teaching high school students the importance…

Read More

#21 – 2022 Bonus Episode – Midwest Building Science Symposium recap from me and a few other attendees

September 18, 2022

Really Enjoyed the Midwest Building Science Symposium in KC on September 14 and 15th, 2022.  This episode is a quick recap of this event from me and a few of the attendees. Next up is the Southeast Building Science  Symposium OCT 12 & 13, 2022 Listen on ANCHOR now Midwest Building Science Symposium

Read More

#20-2022 Dan Gorham and the new Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Wildfire Prepared Home Program

September 12, 2022

In episode #16 of 2022 I spoke with Fred Malik about the Fortified Construction Program. The FORTIFIED construction method is a voluntary construction standard and program designed to help protect homes against sever weather events. Primarily wind driven damage event. FORTIFIED construction was created from decades of research that the Insurance Institute for Business &…

Read More