Karen and Cameron met playing at the Shaw Festival, which is a major non for profit theatre in Niagara on the Lake. Karen and Cameron share how they gradually planned and built a tiny home off grid in Prince Edward Island, which included living in a Yurt. They discuss how their careers in the arts has evolved with the change in lifestyle. This isn’t a story about why you should be a minimalist or live in a tiny home, this is really about a couple that finally took action to pursue their dreams. Episode includes a song from Karen's recent album "The Bayfield Sessions" featuring guest singer Alicia Toner.
EPISODE 82: Building Multi Unit Buildings for the Long Term with the Non Profit Organization Centretown for Citizens (CCOC) and CSV Architects
Casey participates in Smart613's Green Building Tour, taking place at Beaver Barrack's hosted by Graeme Hussey Director of Housing Development at CCOC. Graeme gets into the details of the site, including the installation of the first ever multi unit Geo-Thermal System in Canada at the time. In part two of the tour, Anthony Leaning Principal Architect at CSV Architects introduces us to their first passive house for CCOC.
The Conscious Builder recently completed a Net Zero Fossil Fuel Free custom home in Ottawa, Ontario. Casey discusses the project and interviews some of the professionals involved including designer Lynne Lafontaine who addressed some design flaws on the original plans, lead carpenter Darcy Lott talks about his biggest regret, energy advisor Stephen Magneron takes us through the blower door test, solar installer Mike Gauthier, talks about the costs and the homes current performance and director of Net Zero Housing for the Canadian Home Builders Association, Sonja Winkelmann gets us excited about some future financing options. This is a must listen for anyone considering building a high performance home or a custom home in general, or wants to stay up to date in the industry.
Casey meets up with friend and entrepreneur Matthew Pedersen. They first worked together when Casey built his passive house and they reconnect to discuss the future of home comfort, advancements in research and technology and insights from the automobile industry.
EPISODE 79: The Sustainable Movement: EV Bus Tour, Sustainable Building Panel & Passive House Tour with Nick Hebb
Andy is a Red Seal General Carpenter, with training and experience in restoration, traditional timber framing, drafting and design, stairs, custom housing and high-performance residential construction. He was also lucky enough to teach at the Algonquin College Perth Campus for about 15 years in the Construction Carpentry Advanced Housing Program, both part-time and full time. In 2017, he trained and earned his certification as a Passive House Consultant with the Canadian Passive House Institute.
After years of membership with his local Home Builders’ in Perth, Ontario, Andy worked with
the Canadian Home Builders Association national office as Director of Professional
Development and Manager of Association Services. Always looking for a new challenge, Andy
is now working with Guides.co, an online knowledge sharing platform, as well as helping a
STEM mentorship program from Nova Scotia called Techsploration with a pilot program
expansion into Ontario.
Andy lives in Perth, Ontario with his wife of 24 years and their 2 teenage kids.
"A classroom with a teacher talking in front of students is really cost effective, a classroom where each student has a circular saw and a whole bunch of pieces of wood in front of them, is not"
“I’ve seen the lightbulbs go on with students, especially the students that were struggling and it was such a rewarding experience. I would never look back on my time and consider it a waste, it was one of the best times in my life.”
Heather graduated from the Industrial Design program at Carleton University in 2014. Failing to land a design job she decided to pursue one of her creative passions which was bringing new life to discarded materials. With her University degree and hands on experience growing up with a father in construction in her hometown of Coldwater, she took a part time job in Ottawa and in her off time focused on building her business.
She started by working in a small cellar in her apartment she often refers to as the “dungeon” and has since upgraded to a much larger shop where she does everything from sandwich boards, a giant connect 4, 7’ Tall Easter Eggs to complete redesigns for retail clients. Heather's passion for her work and the environment is on full display, in her interview with Casey. To learn more make sure to check out the links below and listen to the podcast in full.
Podcast Challenge:Businesses if you find that you are consistently tossing a specific material try and see if there is a way to reduce that, maybe it's wooden pallets, PVC pipe, for example the Bridgehead on Preston gives away their Hemp Coffee Bags to customers, we know it's time consuming but reach out to Re4m and maybe we can help."
Quote: "Make every day earth day"
In this podcast Casey interviews architect and green building consultant Mark Rosen, owner of Building Energy Inc., and co-owner of a new startup company. Born and raised in Canmore, Alberta, Mark moved to Ottawa to pursue his studies in architecture before working for his father in law as an energy advisor. He met his wife Megan while studying and not long after attaining jobs in their fields, they decided to stop what they were doing, quit and travel the world. Mark shares how their travels inspired the design of their current passive house and provides fresh insights on how homes should work, where the industry is headed and lots more. Check out the podcast links and timeline to learn more.
"More people will probably read their cars user manual than their homes user manual if one even exists"
"People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty most of the time "
-- Tim Ferriss
In this episode Casey interviews Lynne Lafontaine of DesignFASE.
Lynne was a banker and sales marketing professional, until the age of 40, when a separation inspired her to change careers, buy a house and renovate it. It took 2 years to finish her first renovation and through the process she realized she didn’t enjoy laying floors and painting but she enjoyed designing the space.
In this podcast Lynne talks about her first renovation, going back to school at 40 and how she got into the business by saying yes. She shares lots of advice on setting expectations for your next project and as a trained cook she shares some kitchen design advice. She also introduces a new exciting project in the works called, NextFase Design.
"When i got separated I had to redirect my career into another direction at 40 odd years old, I decided to buy a house in Manor Park and renovate it."
-- Lynne LaFontaine
In this Podcast Casey interviews Michael Peixoto, husband, father, professor, soccer coach and award wining principal architect at ARCA-VERDE architecture inc, he talks about his own 2,600 square foot Passive House, he and his wife Robin Peixoto (principal interior designer with the firm Parallel 45) designed and moved into with their two daughters in 2017.
In this podcast Michael talks about the business and how he got into architecture, what success means to him, changes in the industry, juggling his family commitments and so much more. Check out the podcast timeline and links below:
-- Michael Peixoto