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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!

#26-2002 Larry Acker ACT D’mand Hot Water Systems Systems

November 20, 2022

The wait for hot water at the tap can last several minutes leading to wasted water, time, money, and energy.  I spoke with Larry Acker, the Chief Technology Officer and inventor at ACT D’mand Kontrol Systems, about how their control system works to eliminate the wait time for water from the hot water heater to…

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#25-2022 Scott Sedam True North Development and Lean Building

November 7, 2022

Scott Sedam is the Owner and President of True North Development. True North is a training and consulting firm for homebuilders, trade contractors, and suppliers, specializing in applying Lean Methods to the homebuilding industry. Scott likes to say that True North focuses on delighting the customer and removing “waste” . It’s about the value proposition…

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#24 -2022 Energy Modeling Consistency with Neal Kruis Energy Modeling Director for RESNET

October 23, 2022

Neal Kruis has a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has been developing building energy modeling software since 2007. He is the Vice President of Big Ladder Software and has been contracted as RESNET’s Energy Modeling Director. In addition, Neal has been Chair of RESNET’s Software Consistency Committee since…

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#5-2021 – #2 Kirsch-Stroupe Passive House: EMU Systems – The passive house consultant, educator, and more.

February 25, 2021

EMU Systems is empowering the construction industry to build for the future through simplified, standardized, Passive House systems. They are the primary passive house consultant for the Kirsch-Stroupe passive house, and the reason the house is moving forward to certification.  Join our conversation. Enrico Bonilauri and Marinara Pickering of EMU Systems offers professional training, consulting…

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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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#26-2002 Larry Acker ACT D’mand Hot Water Systems Systems

November 20, 2022

The wait for hot water at the tap can last several minutes leading to wasted water, time, money, and energy.  I spoke with Larry Acker, the Chief Technology Officer and inventor at ACT D’mand Kontrol Systems, about how their control system works to eliminate the wait time for water from the hot water heater to…

Read More

#25-2022 Scott Sedam True North Development and Lean Building

November 7, 2022

Scott Sedam is the Owner and President of True North Development. True North is a training and consulting firm for homebuilders, trade contractors, and suppliers, specializing in applying Lean Methods to the homebuilding industry. Scott likes to say that True North focuses on delighting the customer and removing “waste” . It’s about the value proposition…

Read More

#24 -2022 Energy Modeling Consistency with Neal Kruis Energy Modeling Director for RESNET

October 23, 2022

Neal Kruis has a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has been developing building energy modeling software since 2007. He is the Vice President of Big Ladder Software and has been contracted as RESNET’s Energy Modeling Director. In addition, Neal has been Chair of RESNET’s Software Consistency Committee since…

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