Dave knew at 12 years old that he wanted to own investment real estate. That early passion helped him to create a foundation that would allow him to expand into other business ventures. From technology platforms for real estate boards to medical devices or start-ups Dave has invested in or led many exciting team initiatives. In 2013 a call out of the blue inspired Dave to tackle the custom building industry with upstart Alair Homes. Today Dave oversees multiple Alair Regions in Canada and the US and is co-host of the popular business podcast Builder Nuggets.
3:00 Getting into real estate
15:00 Business Background - Corporate Life
22:00 Becoming a builder
26:20 Project Management
29:00 Alair Homes Franchise
34:12 Business System - Cost Plus
Tommy Linstroth is the founder and CEO of Green Badger, a construction sustainability platform that saves clients time managing LEED and ESG reports. On this episode, Tommy shares the importance of third party verification and why companies are making the shift to building more sustainability with Embodied Carbon tracking.
4:50 What is sustainability
8:00 What is green badger?
11:40 LEED certification
19:40 Embodied Carbon
Over the course of his career, Charlie Cichetti has personally taught and trained over 10,000 professionals in-person about LEED, the green building movement, and how to pass LEED exams. His green building education company GBES has over 130,000 professionals around the world who use their study tools and CE materials to help maintain their credentials. Charlie also advocates for the green building movement to thousands of people monthly through his weekly podcast, Green Building Matters. On this episode we chat about different types of certifications like the WELL Certification, we get into regenerative design and how Local Law 97 in New York City is having a significant impact on the retrofits of buildings.
MORE FROM CHARLIE:
7:30 What is FITWEL and WELL certification
11:00 Indoor Air Quality
15:30 Zero Carbon
17:00 New York City mandates to reduce carbon
Emily is the founder and principal of Mottram Architecture, a boutique practice in Maine specializing in new homes and renovations that are beautiful, functional, comfortable, healthy, and durable.
We talk about the rabbit hole of building science and what certifications may make sense for you, challenges facing the industry today and some great information from Emily’s new book: Pretty Good House.
4:15 What certifications make sense
13:45 The Book - Building a Pretty Good House
17:50 Why do you build this way?
20:00 Industry Challenges
21:55 Materials to work with - Have you heard of Glavel?
30:30 Indoor Air quality
37:45 Most exciting project
Marianne Touchie (too-she) is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Departments of Civil & Mineral Engineering, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and Director of the Building Energy and Indoor Environment Lab.
Her research focuses on the performance of multi-family buildings, particularly social housing.
In this episode we get into ways to deal with stack effect in high-rise buildings, how to deal with the psychology of occupants (of a building) and Marianne also shares some great advice for any young people looking to get into this type of work.
Links from this Podcast:
The Lab: https://beie.mie.utoronto.ca/
The Atmospheric Fund: https://taf.ca/
6:50 Air tightness in apartments
12:30 Research Process: working with owners
23:00 The Atmospheric Fund
26:30 Current studies in progress
Ben Polley is an award winning business manager and founder of Evolve Builders. With 16+ years estimating experience including 12 in green construction, he is also the cost-benefit guru.
He participates in the design and estimating phase of new projects in order to locate savings opportunities and deliver the best quality for money on every project. A popular speaker at colleges, universities and industry events, and regular feature in green building media.
In this episode we talk about Ben's first demonstration home, how his business is structured and where he see's the future of construction going.
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Mariana Pickering Co-Founder of Emu, is a recovering architect and an expert in communicating the construction industry’s movement towards a better understanding of building science and sustainability.
With over a decade of work on high-performance projects and products across three continents, she is passionate about translating data, results, and needs into stories that help shift the cultures and mentalities of building professionals towards change.
In this episode we talk about the lack of building science knowledge on today's job sites and how we're changing that, EnerPHit and Passive House certification, how to sell Passive House to clients and some thermal mass misconceptions.
For More from Marianna:
9:15 Building Science
21:30 Passive House Certification
27:30 Cost per square foot
29:00 What is not Passive House
34:30 Thermal Mass Misconceptions
Laura A. Blau, AIA, CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant 2009), CPHB (Certified Passive House Builder 2012), is a principal of BluPath Design, (a woman-owned award-winning architecture and Passive House Consulting firm) and expert witness.
Laura’s leadership includes being a founding member of the Green Building program at Jefferson University. In addition, she presents at international and regional conferences on sustainable design and construction. Her awards include the Groundbreaker Award 2019, PHIUS Merit Award 2019 both for the Italian Market Passive House, 2016 Sprout Competition for a 16-unit net-zero energy apt building design, 2010 Green Builder award for Best Life Cycle Addition, the 2007 IIDA Honorable Mention for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, 2006 Commonwealth Design Award for Sustainable Design. She formerly worked at MGA Partner on the award-winning Byrne Federal Courthouse lobby.
Laura was an award-winning fine artist before receiving her MArch from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She co-authored Frazier Forman Peters: Westport’s Legacy in Stone, 2012, and the Passive House Rowhouse Manual, 2021 for Green Building United.
In this episode we talk about why we need to act now when it comes to building better homes, how to prevent scope creep, and what we can do to change the industry.
For more from Laura:
2:00 Introduction into sustainability
6:30 Laura Background
9:50 Passive House
13:00 What’s happening and how can we do better
22:30 Brussels example - originally poor energy policies
25:50 Cost Phobia
33:00 Goals and Values
40:30 All We Can Save
David Dodge is an environmental journalist and a photojournalist who has worked for newspapers, published magazines, produced radio, and was the production manager for a Canadian nature publisher. He produced more than 350 award-winning EcoFile radio programs on sustainability for the CKUA Radio network.
David has worked for not-for-profit organizations such as the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Pembina Institute. He served as a founding co-chair of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee and is also involved with Evansdale Community League in his neighbourhood where he’s led solar and energy efficiency projects. His community league gets all of its electricity from solar energy on a net annual basis.
Green Energy Futures https://greenenergyfutures.ca/ is a multi-media storytelling project that is documenting the clean energy revolution that’s already underway. It tells the stories of inspiring green energy pioneers who are moving forward in their homes, businesses, and communities
For more on high performance building:
For high performance house plans:
2:21 David Dodge
8:20 Lithium Batteries
10:50 Recycling Solar Panels
14:53 Solar Farmland put to good use
22:46 Energiesprong - Dutch Inspired
28:00 Transitioning from fossil fuels
39:46 What can we do to help transition
Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with 45 years experience focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and he has received many Design Awards.
He is Director of Sustainability and Past President of the NSW Chapter of the Building Designers Association of Australia. He is also a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA), and is on the Board of Renew (Alternative Technology Association).
Dick sat on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body representing industries committed to a sustainable built environment.
In this episode we talk sustainability, Passive House Australia, closed loop economies and global green tag, a valuable resource for learning about the products we’re using on site. Dick challenges us to change our mindset on conventional demolition to have a significant positive impact on sustainability.
2:45 intro Dick Clarke
7:58 what is sustainable
10:26 generational sustainability
13:35 the solar panels/battery/wind question casey
15:25 fossil fools
15:42 global green tag - database with tracing, silver, golden status, very good resource
17:36 culturally appropriate buildings 1) natural and 2) cultural
23:00 passive house criteria in Australia, interest growing in Australia
27:00 Australia winter: glorified tents
28:00 casey quote - canadians are the weird ones metric/imperial
34:50 closed loop economy - plastic kids toys are the worst, products that don’t end up in a landfill
36:00 aluminum - ex. When demolishing - deconstruction, concrete aggregate
38:00 landfills australia
39:00 perception sustainability moving forward, reality shows, industry education, consumer education