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
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Britt is an experienced entrepreneur. Matthew’s goal was always to be job free before his 30th birthday and that was successfully achieved at 29 years old when he resigned from being a personal trainer with GoodLife Fitness. After bringing a solar referral company called Powur to Canada in early 2017, Matt found that there was a need for home and business owners to take control of their energy from how it’s made to where it comes from. Matt oversees all company operations alongside COO Forrest Vetter-Wilson and utilizes his connections to continually establish partnerships.
In this conversation with Casey, Matt talks about his dad and his first taste of entrepreneurial life entering the network marketing world. He talks about a conversation with his chiropractor that inspired the "Let's hug it out" brand and his daring jump into the solar industry at at time when many in the industry were leaving and lots more great information in this podcast including Matt's audacious billion dollar plans.
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
This was recorded from a live presentation at the Ottawa local Chapter of Professional Engineers on November 21st.
In Casey's presentation he talks about what is a passive house, what he learned from his experience and how that differed from common wisdom.
After the 18 minute mark Casey starts taking questions, we do have a video version of the presentation you can switch to, but we've included the questions below with the time code for the audio version.
see youtube video here:
18:41 What's so important with the overhangs?
23:20 Did you have thermal panels to produce hot water?
23:30 Why didn't you take advantage of solar heating?
24:35 Did you consider building LEED Certified?
25:10 Clarification if Casey was using Air Source Heat Pumps
25:30 What was the COP on the Air Source Heat Pump
25:40 What kind of refridgerant?
27:06 Did you put blinds on the windows to control the temperature?
28:06 Can you comment on the use of spray foam?
29:17 What was the total cost of the project?
Podcast Table of Contents
Bill Eggertson Introduction/background (1:50) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=1m49s
Why some Geothermal systems do not perform as intended? https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=7m53s
How does Geothermal system work? (9:27) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=9m27s
Find out where Canada's second largest Geothermal Install is located? (11:25) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=11m25s
What you should know before considering installing a ground source heat pump? (13:34) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=13m34s
Bill talks about his Net Zero house and Upgrades (15:32) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=15m32s
Sizing your geothermal system: (19:32) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=19m32s
1st Micro-fit installation in eastern Canada (22) https://youtu.be/OO8XF49OjQI?t=22m
To contact Bill Eggertson visit this link: http://bill.eggertson.com/ and for more information on Geothermal visit this link: http://www.earthenergy.ca/faq.html
EPISODE 43 Building with Natural Products: Sustainable building with Chris Magwood from the Endeavour Center