Emily is the founder and principal of Mottram Architecture, a boutique practice in Maine specializing in new homes and renovations that are beautiful, functional, comfortable, healthy, and durable.
We talk about the rabbit hole of building science and what certifications may make sense for you, challenges facing the industry today and some great information from Emily’s new book: Pretty Good House.
4:15 What certifications make sense
13:45 The Book - Building a Pretty Good House
17:50 Why do you build this way?
20:00 Industry Challenges
21:55 Materials to work with - Have you heard of Glavel?
30:30 Indoor Air quality
37:45 Most exciting project
Marianne Touchie (too-she) is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Departments of Civil & Mineral Engineering, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and Director of the Building Energy and Indoor Environment Lab.
Her research focuses on the performance of multi-family buildings, particularly social housing.
In this episode we get into ways to deal with stack effect in high-rise buildings, how to deal with the psychology of occupants (of a building) and Marianne also shares some great advice for any young people looking to get into this type of work.
Links from this Podcast:
The Lab: https://beie.mie.utoronto.ca/
The Atmospheric Fund: https://taf.ca/
6:50 Air tightness in apartments
12:30 Research Process: working with owners
23:00 The Atmospheric Fund
26:30 Current studies in progress
Ben Polley is an award winning business manager and founder of Evolve Builders. With 16+ years estimating experience including 12 in green construction, he is also the cost-benefit guru.
He participates in the design and estimating phase of new projects in order to locate savings opportunities and deliver the best quality for money on every project. A popular speaker at colleges, universities and industry events, and regular feature in green building media.
In this episode we talk about Ben's first demonstration home, how his business is structured and where he see's the future of construction going.
For more from Ben:
Mariana Pickering Co-Founder of Emu, is a recovering architect and an expert in communicating the construction industry’s movement towards a better understanding of building science and sustainability.
With over a decade of work on high-performance projects and products across three continents, she is passionate about translating data, results, and needs into stories that help shift the cultures and mentalities of building professionals towards change.
In this episode we talk about the lack of building science knowledge on today's job sites and how we're changing that, EnerPHit and Passive House certification, how to sell Passive House to clients and some thermal mass misconceptions.
For More from Marianna:
9:15 Building Science
21:30 Passive House Certification
27:30 Cost per square foot
29:00 What is not Passive House
34:30 Thermal Mass Misconceptions