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BREATHING FREELY: interview with Paul Raymer, author of the Residential Ventilation Handbook and Master Moustache-Wearer

2013-06-21
Length: 34s

Today we talk with Paul Raymer, chief investigator for Heyoka Solutions and Ventilation Guru, about his book, his facial hair, and the reasons for all the fuss over fresh air in homes.

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PERFORMANCE EMPIRE: interview with C.R. Herro, Meritage Homes's Secret Weapon for High Performance Domination

2013-05-24
Length: 18s

Today Corbett bounces off the walls with C.R. Herro of Meritage Homes as they discuss homebuyers, how to woo them, and why Meritage rocking the boat in homebuilding markets across the U.S.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY: interview with Teresa Lopez, CEO of Green Energy Money and green valuation expert

2013-04-25
Length: 26s

Today we talk with Teresa Lopez of Green Energy Money about the future revolution of high performance home mortgages and the current problems that plague the financial system.

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HANK ON HVAC! Interview with Hank Rutkowski, author of ACCA Manuals J, D, S, T, etc, etc, and very colorful guy.

2013-04-08
Length: 39s

Today we talk with the larger-than-life Hank Rutkowski of technical HVAC fame, about the right and wrong way to condition our homes and the who, how, and why of the ACCA Manuals.

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CHALLENGE HOME: Sam Rashkin invites you to Build Better with the Dept. of Energy's Challenge Home Certification.

2013-03-15
Length: 25s

Today we talk with Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect for the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office, about the government's top certification for high performance new homes.

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Ventilation 2013: interview with Don Stevens of Panasonic and ASHRAE about 62.2 ventilation spec upcoming in summer of 2013.

2013-03-01
Length: 15s

Today we talk again with Don Stevens, National Research & Development Manager at Panasonic Eco-Solutions, about the history of ASHRAE 62.2 residential ventilation standard, and the upcoming changes in 62.2-2013.

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Mini-Split Heat Pump MAGIC! Interview with Mark Kuntz of Mitsubishi Heating & Cooling

2012-11-05
Length: 31s

Today we talk with Mark Kuntz of Mitsubishi Heating & Cooling about the latest and greatest in heat pump technology (that you can use in Montana) and the many applications of ductless mini-split HVAC systems.

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HOW TO STAY DRY: interview with Lew Harriman, moisture control maven

2012-10-03
Length: 37s

Today we talk with Lew Harriman, director of research at Mason-Grant (www.masongrant.com) and author of such books as The Dehumidification Handbook, Measured Home Performance, and ASHRAE Humidity Control Design Guide, about the impending doom of buildings around the world, and how to stop it.

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Appraising the Value of Home Performance: interview with Michael Hobbs, Appraiser and Early Adopter

2012-07-30
Length: 25s

Today we talk with Michael Hobbs (SRA/LEED GA), president of Pahroo Appraisals and Consultancy and member of the Appraisal Institute, about the root of the problem of appraising home performance, energy efficiency, and 'green' features in a home.

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HERS Rater Overlord 2: interview with Brett Dillon, godfather and gadfly of the system

2012-07-13
Length: 26s

Today we talk with Brett Dillon of IBS Advisors and the RESNET Chair of both Standards Development and Technical Committees, about new developments for HERS Raters.  Brett has a problem with authority, which makes him very likable, and he actually is the authority, which makes him intimidating (and us confused).

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Performance Genius 2: interview with Gord Cooke, superstar of selling high performance homes

2012-06-29
Length: 16s

Today we talk with guru Gord Cooke of Building Knowledge and EEBA about how to get super-duper rich doing a fantastic job at building, retrofitting, and selling home performance.  "When I grow up, I want to be Gord Cooke." -Corbett Lunsford, Host

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Science is Magic: interview with David B. Goldstein, brilliant building technology researcher and author of 'Invisible Energy'

2012-05-22
Length: 27s

Today we talk with David B. Goldstein, author of the book  Invisible Energy, energy program co-director at the National Resource Defense Council, award-winning physicist, and all around nice guy.  His insight into the mortgage crisis, homeowner propaganda, and analyzing the housing market as a system are fascinating.

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Built Like a Tank: interview with Texas Homebuilding Superstars Travis Pate and John Harmon

2012-04-24
Length: 35s

Today we talk with Travis Pate of Texas Classic Homes and John Harmon, a HERS Rater with Thermo Dynamic Insulation about how to build an awesome home, and why they're more successful at it than run-of-the-mill builders.

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Upgrades Everywhere: interview with Sam Rashkin of the Dept. of Energy

2012-03-21
Length: 33s

Today we talk with Sam Rashkin again, this time as the Chief Architect for the DOE's Building Technologies Program and the author of the new book Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It's Broken, How To Fix It.

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HVAC with MORE Science! Interview with Dennis Stroer of Calcs-Plus

2012-03-02
Length: 31s

Today we talk with the uncomprable Dennis Stroer again about the finer points of HVAC design, dewpoint, warm climate subtleties, and the future of the industry.  Dennis is the founder and President of Calcs-Plus in Venice, FL (www.calcs-plus.com).

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The Contractor is King: interview with Rick Helwig of DNR Construction

2012-01-26
Length: 11s

Today we talk with Rick Helwig, founder of one of the biggest weatherization contracting firms in the Midwest.  His crew of 75 full time employees is an awesome mix of family business with large-scale organization, and of high performance science with Chicago-style practicality. 

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Evolution of HVAC Testing: interview with researcher and trainer Bob Davis of Ecotope

2011-11-10
Length: 25s

Today we talk with Bob Davis, one of the industry's most influential figures in the development of home performance HVAC testing (duct blaster, Delta Q, and more), about where the tests came from, and where they might be taking us.

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The Business as a System: the Science behind Running Your Home Performance Company from Mike Gorman

2011-10-25
Length: 19s

Today we talk with Mike Gorman, the mind behind the business training and consulting firm TechKnowledge, on the disconnect between building science and business practice in today's rapidly evolving high performance contracting industry.

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The Law of the Land: interview with Pam Cole of PNNL on Fast-Evolving Energy Codes

2011-10-11
Length: 21s

Today we talk with Pam Cole, Building Energy Scientist and technical support guru with the Department of Energy's Building Energy Codes Program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Energy Codes (the new International Energy Conservation Code 2012 being the most famous) are gaining ground across the country, and Pam's organization assists in their research, development, and implementation.

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Why People Will Pay You For It: interview with Gord Cooke of Building Knowledge, Mastermind of making our industry profitable

2011-06-13
Length: 16s

Today we talk with Gord Cooke of Building Knowledge and EEBA, an international HVAC and Builder Trainer.  Gord has some simple and brilliant approaches to selling high performance building to builders, contractors, and homebuyers.

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BPI and the Future of Home Performance Certification: interview with Vikki Murphy, Director of Affiliate Development

2011-05-22
Length: 12s

Today we talk with Vikki Murphy, my personal favorite at BPI (the Building Performance Institute) and a delightful person, in addition to being the Director of Affiliate (training) Development and a past director of the New York Weatherization Directors Association.

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The Tools We Crave: interview with Bill Spohn, career tool designer and co-owner of TruTech Tools

2011-05-09
Length: 12s

Today we talk with Bill Spohn, a mechanical engineer who has designed and marketed tools with Bacharach, Testo, Fisher Scientific, and more, about the state of tools in the world.  You know you love them.  Listen to the man.

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ENERGY STAR Homes: interview with Sam Rashkin on the Future of Home Building

2011-03-21
Length: 32s

Today we talk with Sam Rashkin, National Director of ENERGY STAR for Homes at the EPA, about details of ESv3, selling high performance homes, and how to be awesome in general.

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How To Ventilate! Interview with Don Stevens of ASHRAE, HVI, and Panasonic fame

2011-01-19
Length: 38s

Today we talk with Don Stevens, National Research and Development Manager for Panasonic and Technical leader for HVI and ASHRAE, about the difference between ventilation standards, how to ventilate properly, and why so many professionals get it wrong.

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High Performance Home Architecture: interview with Tom Bassett-Dilley, architect

2010-11-13
Length: 18s

Today we talk with Tom Bassett-Dilley, architect in Chicago, about choosing air sealing instead of geothermal systems, how to lead clients into the light, and how to build a high performance building team. Audio quality issues are still being ironed out, thanks for your patience!

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Carbon Monoxide Safety: interview with George Kerr, founding father of CO safety on several continents.

2010-09-22
Length: 46s

Today we talk with George Kerr, founding father of CO safety and president of CO Experts, about the science and history of carbon monoxide safety throughout industrialized countries.

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Retrofit Research: interview with Marge Anderson, Whose Finger is on the Pulse of Building Performance

2010-05-29
Length: 33s

Today we talk with Marge Anderson, Associate Director of Energy Center of Wisconsin, about research on green jobs, retrofits, utility programs, and certifications.

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HVAC with SCIENCE! interview with Dennis Stoer, HVAC right sizer and calculations guru

2010-05-14
Length: 31s

Today we talk with Dennis Stroer, owner of Calcs Plus, once just a guy who installed air conditioners, and now a brilliant heating/cooling load calculations specialist, helping HVAC contractors across the Southeast get it dead right in residential and commercial buildings.

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Contractor Training: interview with Keith Williams, legend in Air Sealing and Retrofit Training

2010-04-30
Length: 17s

Today we talk with Keith Williams, owner of Building Services & Consultant LLC and trainer of thousands of air sealing, insulation, and diagnostics professionals across the Midwest.

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Combustion Safety: Interview with Scott Suddreth of Building Performance Engineering on Training and Quality Control

2010-04-18
Length: 25s

Today we talk with Scott Suddreth, technical director of Building Performance Engineering (www.buildingperformanceengineering.com) about the importance of combustion testing, BPI training, and quality control.

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Building Science Software: Interview with Rob Salcido, senior engineer behind REM/Rate Residential Energy Modeling Software

2010-04-08
Length: 21s

Today we talk with Rob Salcido, senior product engineer for REM/Rate, the energy modeling software used across the country by RESNET-certified HERS Raters, about the origins and future of this powerful program.

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Hardcore Performance: interview with Brett Dillon, technical and training superstar.

2010-03-29
Length: 35s

Today we talk with Brett Dillon, managing director of IBS Advisors, author of several widespread technical standards and manuals, Texas HERO developer, head of the RESNET Technical Committee, professional wrestler, and performer.

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The Business of Selling Building Performance: Interview with Javier Ruiz, President of Senercon and 5 time Energy Star MVP

2010-03-11
Length: 22s

Today we talk with Javier Ruiz, president of Senercon, 5 time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, and expert in selling energy efficiency to builders in El Paso, where there is no help from rebates, incentives, or energy utility involvement.

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Energy Efficiency at Ground Zero: Interview with Jim Conlon, building performance consultant in Washington, D.C.

2010-02-08

Today we talk with Jim Conlon, president of Elysian Energy, a D.C.-based energy efficiency consulting firm, about the ups and downs of business in the town that makes policies and programs we all inherit.

 

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Commercial/Industrial Energy Consulting: Interview with Kelly Shelton, energy management consultant and energy auditor.

2009-11-13
Length: 30s

Today we talk with Kelly Shelton (Certified Energy Manager, Chartered Industrial Gas Consultant), whose background in industrial engineering, engineering management, and problem solving drive Shelton Solutions, Inc.'s comprehensive services for commercial and industrial energy audits.

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Home Inspection: an Interview with Jeff Beck, inspector, software designer, estimator, and marketer.

2009-10-21
Length: 36s

Today we talk with Jeff Beck of Foresight Home Inspection LLC about crazy home remedies, the state of building inspection, and the pros and cons of software solutions.…

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HVAC: an Interview with Bronson Shavitz, HVAC diagnostician, designer and contractor

2009-10-11
Length: 14s

Today we talk about new and existing HVAC with Bronson Shavitz of Shavitz Heating and Cooling. Equipment sizing, efficiencies, diagnostics, and client relationships are discussed.  Sponsored by Green Dream Group in Chicago.

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Green Financing: an Interview with Joel Freehling, finance expert and green mortgage innovator

2009-09-17
Length: 30s

Today we interview Joel Freehling, a sustainable home finance expert and manager of Triple Bottom Line Innovations at ShoreBank.  We discuss the changing state of financing for energy efficient homes and renovations, alternatives to the traditional 'bank loan' vehicle, and wild African mammals.  Sponsored by Green Dream Group, LLC in Chicago.…

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Commercial Green Building Standards: an Interview with Jenny Carney, LEED O&M expert and reference guide author

2009-09-02
Length: 27s

Today we interview Jenny Carney, a director at YRG Sustainability in Chicago, an expert in building operations and retrofits, and a primary author of the LEED O&M Reference Guide.  We discuss the important role of the USGBC and LEED in accelerating building performance, the development of the LEED standard, ecology, and creative solutions.  Sponsored by Green Dream Group, LLC in Chicago.

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Weatherization: an Interview with Kevin Dick, Weatherization Program Director

2009-08-19
Length: 36s

Welcome to the first Building Performance Podcast! Today we interview Kevin Dick, a director of a local weatherization assistance program.  We discuss the roles and challenges of energy auditors, contractors, and low-income weatherization programs in general.  Sponsored by Green Dream Group, LLC in Chicago.

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