Andreas M. Benzing is a practicing architect, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is a distinguished faculty member and Part-Time Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design, teaching Environmental Design and Design Studio to the next generation of architects. He is also a co-founder of New York Passive House where he serves as President and Executive Director.
Andreas developed his tireless work ethic at the famous Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, where he received his Master of Architecture degree in 1998. He was awarded the European Erasmus Scholarship and established his career at Oswald Mathias Ungers, and Hans Kollhoff in Berlin, Germany, learning the craft of the architectural profession. He then founded his company in 2006. Now he is licensed to practice Architecture in New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Germany, and became a Certified Passive House Designer in 2009.
In this episode we discuss why LEED certified buildings do not necessarily equal a better buildings, whether or not Passive House is picking up traction and recommendations for people interested in designing Passive Houses.
2:30 How did he get into Architecture
8:50 why build better
10:10 Current challenges
14:35 Passive house value in New York
23:56 products recommended
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Brad Leavitt is President and Founder of “A Finer Touch Construction” - a Scottsdale based luxury residential and commercial builder. AFT Construction, as known throughout the industry, is an award-winning construction firm and has been nationally published in magazines such as: Fine Home Building, Luxe Interiors and Design, and Professional Builder. Brad was awarded as an “Icon” in the AZ building industry by Sources for Design in October, 2019. He was also recognized as a 2022 Phoenix Titan 100. The Titan 100 program recognizes Phoenix’s Top 100 CEO’s & C-level executives.
His Podcast, “The AFT Construction Podcast”, is focused on bringing value to its listeners, no matter their industry. The topics are focused on marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, organization, building science and construction.
In this episode we discuss what Brad did to build his company from scratch to do doing large multi-million dollar projects, how to manage the fluctuating prices, and what and how you should be charging for your services.
3:36 Starting in the Business
6:10 What does it take to become a contractor
10:03 Breaking into the high end luxury market
13:59 Business challenges today
19:30 Net Zero High Performance
20:47 Cost Plus
31:36 Current developments and changes in the industry
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social media: @aft_construction
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Nick Schiffer founded NS Builders and has turned it into one of Boston's most sought-after builders; uncompromising on quality & craftsmanship to always provide a better product. His philosophy is to showcase his building and business practices across social media to share knowledge with the building industry, and provide transparency for potential and current clients.
We chat about how creativity is a must for a business to excel, how technology is shifting craftsmanship and how collaboration over competition will improve your business.
10:30 $70,000 mistake
27:27 Thought leadership
35:50 creativity in the workforce
47:50 Technology in the industry
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Jonathan Cinelli is a Project Management Professional and an Associate Certified Coach with decades of industry knowledge in the construction field. He utilizes s a very specialized, forward-thinking approach to business, designed for sustainability, with emphasis on continued growth and adaptability. Today, Jonathan helps construction professionals create sustainable business growth by building teams who buy in and execute at 100%. He coaches leaders to create cultures where people truly have each other’s backs.
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Linked in: www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-cinelli-pmp-acc-103b841ba/
6:18 People first
11:30 Tough conversations
19:30 Inspiring creativity in the workplace
23:50 Technology in construction