Architect Jane Wilson and our client Kim join Casey in a conversation and presentation on our current Net Zero Build. To take a look at the progression of the floor plans and site plan and an update on its current status, you can find the full video on our Youtube channel at The Conscious Builder Inc.
The Conscious Builder recently celebrated 10 years as a business! Here are the top 3 things I have learned in the first ten years of our construction business.
Casey is joined by Christine Williamson, creator of the popular Instagram page @BuildingScienceFightClub, an educational project that teaches architects about building science and construction. They discuss why building assemblies is important, finding the sweet spot for owners, the true meaning of "green", and how Christine's popular Instagram page came to be.
Christine Williamson has spent her career in building science forensics, discovering why buildings fail, and working with owners, architects, and builders to remedy the problems. Her new construction consulting helps architects use building science not only to mitigate risk of failure, but also to help them make their projects as energy efficient as they are beautiful. She graduated from Princeton University and studied at Boston Architectural College before completing her Master's of Architecture at NewSchool of Architecture + Design. She is the chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.12, Moisture Management in Buildings.
Casey Grey interviews Vish Chatterji, The Business Casual Yogi, where they discuss the intersection of yoga and the construction business. Learn more about Vish's book and how mindfulness, meditation, and yoga have impacted both their personal and professional lives. Throughout his 20-years in Corporate America, Vish studied and practiced yoga, meditation and Ayurveda as a way to stay balanced as a leader. He now coaches business leaders in this East-meets-West approach to help more of their greatness show up at work.
Jennifer Lynn Walker has been a green enthusiast for 28 years. Founder of Jolly Green Homes, she is deeply committed to healthy living, alternative green ways of renovating, and recommending eco-friendly resources and products.
She’s been a real estate broker for over 15 years and also founded Montreal Real Estate Investors Group in 2010. With over 1400 members, she holds monthly meetings and workshops, helping newbie investor’s learn more about real estate investing. She is also a regular contributor to the local paper, and has written over 300 articles on real estate.
On todays podcast we’re talking about how her local market has been affected by the pandemic, green real estate, why now is the time to renovate not sell and Jennifer's proposal to renovate her bathroom into an apartment.
Jason Burggraaf joins Casey Grey for a conversation about intensification, 613 Flats, Pre-Fab and Energy Evolution.
Jason graduated from Political Science here in Ottawa at Carleton University. He worked for the Canadian Home Builders Association for 15 years before joining the Greater Ottawa Home Builders association as the Executive Director, in 2018, where he spends the majority of his time reviewing city policy/bylaws, meeting with members and crafting submissions to City Committees and staff.
In this interview, Brandon Fong joins Casey Grey to explore the impact of our decisions and choices, specifically what we are bringing into our awareness. As we are living through a unique period of our lives we must dig deep to keep going and focus on growth rather than retracting.
At 26 years old, Brandon Fong was diagnosed with brain cancer and his life was completely changed. Brandon quickly realized how important and fragile life is, and this diagnosis ended up serving as a catalyst to completely change his life for the better. Learn more about his story and how he found strength from within to find internal peace.
In 2017, the Endeavour Centre set out to make a prototype home that would meet several key criteria. First the building needed to be completely modular, able to be constructed on site in less than a week and also be able to taken apart and reassembled multiple time. Secondly, the building needed to have a zero carbon footprint, contain zero toxins and produce zero waste. Casey Grey is joined by Chris Magwood from the Endeavour Centre and Cheryl Atkinson, Architect and Associate Professor of Architectural Science at Ryerson University in Toronto. Together, along with the help of some students, they made this project a reality.
Greg Labbé joins Casey from the comfort of his 110 year old home in Toronto where he is in self quarantine with his family. They discuss planning for efficiency, adapting to new processes, Greg's work, and more.
Since 2017, Greg has worked as the Lab Manager for the Graduate Program in Building Science at Ryerson University. He mainly works with students who already have degrees and work experience on their path to either a Master's of PhD degree. Greg's work consists mostly in mentoring students with practical questions about field testing buildings, some tutorials on how to use testing equipment and conduct specific ASTM standard test methods. For students doing physical research, he helps them procure, design, assemble and maintain their testing apparatus.
Heather Jeffery from Re4m joins Casey Grey for a conversation about issues businesses are facing during a global pandemic, ideas for DIY projects at home, sustainable initiatives. Re4m offers a sustainable alternative to designing your space while diverting from Ottawa’s landfills. They use reclaimed materials from the community to design and build beautiful storefronts, interior furnishings, and products.