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.
In this episode of The Conscious Builder Show, Casey sits down with the Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa, Robb Barnes.
Ecology Ottawa is a not-for-profit, grassroots and volunteer-driven organization that provides residents with the information and tools they need to understand local environmental issues and promote environmental leadership at city hall.
During this episode, Robb talks about Phase Two of Energy Evolution, what we as individuals can do and what other cities are doing to combat the climate crisis.
Please enjoy the show!
Ecology Ottawa Website
Great Glebe Garage Sale
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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.
Atlantic String Machine
Episode 81: 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.
Episode 78: The Sustainable Movement - EV Bus Tour, Sustainable Building Panel & Passive House Tour with Nick Hebb
Jeffrey Leiper is the current Ottawa city councillor for Kitchissippi Ward. He was first elected in the Ottawa municipal election, 2014.
Leiper was born and raised in Ottawa. He studied History and English at the University of Ottawa, and Print Journalism at Algonquin College. As a youth, Leiper was a member of the youth wing of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, though he is now a committed progressive. He has lived in Kitchissippi Ward since 1995 when he and his spouse Natalie moved into the Julian Apartments in the Wellington West area. Today, he lives in Hintonburg with Natalie and their son.
In this podcast Jeff talks shares his motivations for getting into politics, what are his principles are and what it means to be courageous. He touches on how quality of life should influence policy and planning and some of the Climate initiatives including the recently declared Climate Emergency and the ongoing energy evolution and on the personal side adapting to work and life after his recent heart attack.
Kristy has been involved in the Real Estate industry for over 15 years in various levels. She started with her first home purchase at 21 by selling everything she & her boyfriend Eric (now husband) owned just to get a down payment. By 25 she started her own company transforming homes even though another ”specialist” told her not to bother she would never be successful. Over the years alongside building her business she and Eric renovated 5 homes & 1 commercial property with great success. She jokingly calls it ”Flipping up” even though she had no intention of taking on properties to “Flip” alongside her personal home for various logistic reasons.
After many moves and renovating her homes over time, she also built her Home Staging Company to #1 with an amazing team working directly with many of the top 20% real estate agents in the city of Ottawa. After a decade of building success, she made the bold decision to sell her business and focus on building relationships, understanding her clients needs and custom tailoring solutions for those needs. This is why she chose to be apart of Ottawa’s top real estate team the Ottawa Capital Group.
In this podcast Kristy talks about her decision to join the Ottawa Capital Group as a licensed realtor, she talks about her plastic restaurant fiasco which inspired a major change in her life and her new Guinea Fowls she takes care of with her husband Eric at their home in Kemptville and so much more! Check out the podcast details below:
Bea and her family generate a quart size jar of waste per year. With her passion and positive outlook, Bea launched a global movement and has become the spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle. She inspires a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste with the application of the 5R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. She shatters misconceptions, proving that waste-free living can not only be "stylish", but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings. She regularly speaks at universities and corporate events and opens her home to educational tours and the media. She is a French native who currently lives in California.
This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear an inspiring story of a modern, urban family who switched from “having all the things” to “having all the experiences.” It’s also great for anyone looking to learn about the big and small steps they can take to reduce their waste – in all its forms! In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste.
Breanne Gibson is a global change leader for regeneration, speaker. She's an educator, holistic nutrition expert, and permaculture practitioner. She is the founder of Breanne Gibson LLC, a coaching and consulting company focused on helping leaders, entrepreneurs, and organizations align with the intelligence of nature for ultimate energy, health and resiliency.
Her mission is to reconnect humanity with nature and remove the gap between soil and health for both human and planet.
In this podcast Breanne touches on her journey beginning in British Columbia growing up on 10 acres "in nature", to her experience in the army before branching out and creating her own coaching and consulting business. Breanne shares some insights into her own diet, how to make soil for growing your own food and so much more. Her passion and wealth of knowledge is contagious and might inspire you, if you haven't already to do some research into what your eating. After listening to this podcast make sure to visit Breanne's links for more information.
Circular Nutrition Regenerative Roadmap
Climate Change & Consciousness - Scotland Conference