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.
Casey Grey interviews his good friend, Breanne Gibson. Breanne is his go-to person whenever he's wondering about how to work with nature. She is a speaker, regenerative coach, holistic nutrition expert, and permaculture consultant. Since it's spring and we're all at home looking for things to do, he figured it was the perfect time to get her on to chat about things like: building resiliency within and at home, growing real & regenerative food, soil & our connection to it, turning ‘waste’ into compost, thinking 'resource' with everything, growing and expanding - and more!
Adam Cohen is an active builder, architect and high-performance building expert. On this episode we talk about how he built his design/built company, his move to Canada (where he works for Passive Build Canada) and his self-funded and self-directed Edmund Hillary Fellowship in New Zealand. He focused on working with industry experts to bring significant changes to the construction industry and how we all live our daily lives.
I hope you’re staying safe and healthy during these times. Here is what I have been up to during my first week in quarantine. It has not been easy but it has been rewarding.
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Casey Grey talks about the affects of COVID-19 on his business and the residential construction industry.