Episode 144: What's The Payback on Going Solar or Passive - PLUS, Why is PACE Changing The Answer!
Corey Diamond, Executive Director of Efficiency Canada, joins Casey for a conversation about his background, his work and opportunities for us to influence policy and make a difference!
Corey has more than two decades of experience leading social change organizations focused on engaging people to take action on critical environmental and social issues. He was previously the COO and Partner of global consulting firm, Realized Worth, a company focused on the design and implementation of corporate volunteering and giving programs. Corey also spent 10 years helping to lead Summerhill, a national firm focused on engaging the public on energy efficiency behaviours. Corey volunteers his time on a number of boards and committees. An avid reader, record collector and musician, his greatest passion is hugging trees and travelling the world with his family.
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Casey answers a question from a listener, Larry9441. He asks "Have you used an earth tube in conjunction with your air exchangers to moderate the incoming temperature?"
If you have a question, let us know and we will feature it on an upcoming episode.
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Martin Thornell is a woodworker and one of the co-owners at the Ottawa City Woodshop, a community woodshop located in downtown Ottawa.
Martin shares ways that you can get into woodworking with minimal costs, talks about the programs for all levels at the Ottawa City Woodshop, and shares how he ended up with OCW coming from a different industry.
We hope this episode inspires you to try woodworking, to check out their programs, or if you’re in a different city to check out woodshops in your area!
Ottawa City Woodshop Website
OCW on Instagram
OCW on Twitter
Peter Darlington and Tyler Hermanson join Casey Grey to chat about Peter's home, which is the first home certified under CHBA's Net Zero Renovation Program.
Solar Homes Inc.
Arda Erturk is the co-founder and Chief Communications Officer of Roll Scooters. They operate e-scooters in Calgary and have recently launched in Ottawa. We discuss the importance of micro-mobility, especially post-Covid era as an alternative mode of transportation, the importance of scooters for economic recovery, and the sustainability aspect of scooters.
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.
Endeavour Centre on LinkedIn
Builders For Climate Action
Zero House Photos
Cheryl Atkinson - Architectural Science
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.
Ryerson Building Science Program
Ryerson Women's Shelter Project
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.
Designer - Designfaze
Lead Carpenter - The Conscious Builder
Energy Advisor - Homesol Building Solutions
Owner - Exconstruction - Solar Installer
Director - Net Zero Housing
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 he automobile industry.
Episode 78: The Sustainable Movement - EV Bus Tour, Sustainable Building Panel & Passive House Tour with Nick Hebb