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The Building Performance Podcast is an interview series drawing on the experience and ideas of a wide array of professionals in the high performance building industry. The intersection of advances in building technologies, the energy crisis, green building trends, and the environmental crisis has made it hard to pursue business-as-usual. The general climate is forcing those of us in the building industry to take a more integrated, systematic approach to building.We talk with engineers, policy makers, program managers, contractors, diagnosticians, ESCOs, architects, utilities, and building managers, among others. Hosted by Corbett Lunsford of the Building Performance Workshop, author of Home Performance Diagnostics and creator of an arsenal of resources for understanding and using home performance testing.

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The Building Performance Podcast is an interview series drawing on the experience and ideas of a wide array of professionals in the high performance building industry. The intersection of advances in building technologies, the energy crisis, green building trends, and the environmental crisis has made it hard to pursue business-as-usual. The general climate is forcing those of us in the building industry to take a more integrated, systematic approach to building.We talk with engineers, policy makers, program managers, contractors, diagnosticians, ESCOs, architects, utilities, and building managers, among others. Hosted by Corbett Lunsford of the Building Performance Workshop, author of Home Performance Diagnostics and creator of an arsenal of resources for understanding and using home performance testing.

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Bryan made me come here

By overly disgusted. - May 21 2019
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Joking aside this is a great podcast with great information. thank you.

Nice Job all around

By Green Curmudgeon - Jun 20 2014
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Great podcasts, entertaining and informative. Keep up the good work.

iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
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52
8
2
1
0

Bryan made me come here

By overly disgusted. - May 21 2019
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Joking aside this is a great podcast with great information. thank you.

Nice Job all around

By Green Curmudgeon - Jun 20 2014
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Great podcasts, entertaining and informative. Keep up the good work.
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the Building Performance Podcast

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The Building Performance Podcast is an interview series drawing on the experience and ideas of a wide array of professionals in the high performance building industry. The intersection of advances in building technologies, the energy crisis, green building trends, and the environmental crisis has made it hard to pursue business-as-usual. The general climate is forcing those of us in the building industry to take a more integrated, systematic approach to building.We talk with engineers, policy makers, program managers, contractors, diagnosticians, ESCOs, architects, utilities, and building managers, among others. Hosted by Corbett Lunsford of the Building Performance Workshop, author of Home Performance Diagnostics and creator of an arsenal of resources for understanding and using home performance testing.

Rank #1: #57 PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS: Entertain What's Wrong in Green Building with the Green Curmudgeon

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Today Corbett talks with Carl Seville, aka The Green Curmudgeon, about the unsolved problems of green product lobbies, utility energy efficiency programs, value engineering, and people's screwed up notions about what's important in buildings. Hosted by Corbett Lunsford of Green Dream Group, and sponsored by the bible for testing homes.

Jun 20 2014

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Rank #2: Green Financing: an Interview with Joel Freehling, finance expert and green mortgage innovator

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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.

Sep 17 2009

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Rank #3: #60 THE BOTTOM LINE: Russell King on HVAC Design & Energy Codes in Real Life

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Today Corbett talks with Russell King of Sierra Building Science about the labratory of California, where they've been trying to whip and incentivize efficiency like nobody's business. Are Manual J, Manual D, Manual S, window placements and sizes, and a menu of prescriptive energy code requirements actually leading us toward perfection?

Oct 28 2014

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Rank #4: Home Inspection: an Interview with Jeff Beck, inspector, software designer, estimator, and marketer.

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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.

Oct 21 2009

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Rank #5: #53 A/C CAN BE SEXY: Kristof Irwin on the Magic of Variable Refrigerant Capacity

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Today we talk with Kristof "Handsome" Irwin, founder of Positive Energy in Austin Texas, about why your air conditioner is probably an idiot (bless its heart) and HVAC heaven that you might not have heard about.

Apr 23 2014

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Rank #6: HVAC: an Interview with Bronson Shavitz, HVAC diagnostician, designer and contractor

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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.

Oct 11 2009

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Rank #7: How To Ventilate! Interview with Don Stevens of ASHRAE, HVI, and Panasonic fame

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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.

Jan 19 2011

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Rank #8: #77 ROCKING THE INSTALLATION: Matt Risinger on Building New High Performance Homes

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Today Corbett talks with Matt Ringer of Risinger Homes (and YouTube fame) about insulation/outsulation, building science facts/fiction, and the classic dilemma of building anything well: it's complicated. Sponsored by Fall Fast Track, the only 6-week distance mastermind course in home performance.

Jul 26 2016

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Rank #9: #49 THIS HOUSE SUCKS, BUT NOT VERY HARD: Brett Singer, scientist, shows us where depressurization testing has led us astray

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Today we talk with Brett Singer, air quality scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, about the red herring of worst-case depressurization on combustion testing, and the actual hidden enemy in every home.

Dec 18 2013

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Rank #10: #76 LEAN CONSTRUCTION: Jeff Liker on The Toyota Way for Buildings

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Today we talk with Jeff Liker, author of The Toyota Way, about what Lean is, and what it could mean for building performance. Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop's Fall Fast Track.

May 04 2016

37mins

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Rank #11: #71 SPRAY FOAM FAIL: Richard Beyer, Consumer Affected by Spray Foam Insulation

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Today Corbett talks with Richard Beyer, a consumer who lived through a bad spray foam installation and now advocates for spray foam training and licensing. Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop online training portal- get free access now at BuildingPerformanceWorkshop.com

Jun 16 2015

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Rank #12: #64 THE CONTRACTOR AT THE TOP: Rick Chitwood on Being Unbeatable

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Today Corbett talks with Rick Chitwood of Chitwood Energy Management, author of the book Measured Home Performance, and the wizard behind the curtain for all home improvement contractors whether they know it or not. Rick discusses how he launched into performance-based home improvements from a conventional HVAC background, and why he had zero warranty claims despite promising concrete and aggressive results. This special episode is from the 2014 Fall Fast Track- learn more at HomePerformance.training

Mar 17 2015

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Rank #13: HVAC with SCIENCE! interview with Dennis Stoer, HVAC right sizer and calculations guru

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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.

May 15 2010

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Rank #14: The Business as a System: the Science behind Running Your Home Performance Company from Mike Gorman

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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.

Oct 25 2011

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Rank #15: The Tools We Crave: interview with Bill Spohn, career tool designer and co-owner of TruTech Tools

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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.

May 10 2011

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Rank #16: Commercial/Industrial Energy Consulting: Interview with Kelly Shelton, energy management consultant and energy auditor.

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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.

Nov 13 2009

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Rank #17: #67 ARCHITECT AS BUILDER: Chris Laumer-Giddens on Abandoning the Way Your Grandpappy Did It

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Today Corbett talks with architect Chris Laumer-Giddens, half of LG Squared, about why he decided to tackle the whole pizza, what's wrong with the current models of architect, builder, and contractor, and what certifications like ENERGY STAR or LEED can and can not do for the industry. Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop Online Training Portal.

Apr 29 2015

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Rank #18: #47 BIG SEXY MORTGAGES: Kerry Langley on How to Borrow More, Lend More, and Keep More with Energy Efficient Mortgages

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Today we talk with Kerry Langley of Synovus Mortgage about how his company collaborated with Southeastern builders, HERS raters, and homebuyers to make an absolute killing for everyone involved. Corbett: "Why hassn't everyone been lending money this way?" Kerry: "I have absolutely no idea." YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS.

Nov 07 2013

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Rank #19: The Contractor is King: interview with Rick Helwig of DNR Construction

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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. 

Jan 27 2012

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Rank #20: #48 PRODUCTS WILL SAVE US: Keith Aldridge on Future Solutions in Stuff

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Today we talk with Keith Aldridge, VP of Business Development for Advanced Energy, on what the programs get wrong, why human QA will disappear, and what your clients really want. Recorded at the ACI Regional Home Performance Conference in San Diego, CA.

Nov 23 2013

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#85: Q&A on Mildew Causes, Additions, Formaldehyde Poisoning

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Today Corbett and Grace address several more questions about building science and home performance from homeowners and pros across the U.S. See the show at: https://HomeDiagnosis.tv

Become a supporting member of their work at: http://Patreon.com/HomeDiagnosis.tv

Aug 19 2019

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#84 FIRST Q&A: Home Diagnosis

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ALL NEW FORMAT! Corbett Lunsford is joined by his bride Grace- together they host Home Diagnosis, the first-ever TV series about building science and home performance testing. They answer questions of all kinds about the invisible dynamics of physics and chemistry in homes worldwide, and hope to hear from you for the next episode! To write in with a question or comment, visit:

https://HomeDiagnosis.tv/questions

To join Grace and Corbett in continuing the Home Diagnosis TV series, visit:

http://Patreon.com/HomeDiagnosisTV

May 21 2019

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#83 AFFORDABLE OUTPERFORMS MARKET RATE: Bill Lazar on How to Win

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Today Corbett talks with Bill Lazar of St. Johns Housing Partnership about how his organization built hundreds of affordable homes in St. Augustine, Florida, that are scientifically superior to the million dollar mansions going up across town. Recorded from the #TinyLab on the Proof Is Possible Tour.

Dec 26 2017

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#82 THE TRUSTWORTHY CONTRACTOR PROFILE: The future of electricians, plumbers, and HVAC techs with Pete Sanders

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Today Corbett talks with Pete Sanders of Sanders Home Services about contractor competition, how to show homeowners the right way vs. the cheap way, and his personal history with carbon monoxide. Check out our video tour of Pete's amazing NJ showroom at https://youtu.be/tiCtNjKPX_k

Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop's Proof Is Possible Tour.

Nov 01 2017

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#81 KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS: Hap Haven on How to Know Home Performance

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Today Corbett talks with Hap Haven of US Green Home about where home performance contractors come from and where we're going (and how not to crash and burn on the way there). Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop's 6-Week Mastermind Distance Course and Home Performance for Tiny Spaces course.

Jul 13 2017

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#80 FUTURE BUILDING: Thomas Marston on Building Performance Policy

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Today Corbett talks with Thomas Marston of Energy Services Group about how the building industry has evolved and will evolve with the release of future International Energy Conservation Codes.

May 08 2017

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#79 INFRARED PHOTOS OF YOUR FACE: Dr. Gregory Melvin on Medical Uses of Infrared Thermography

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Today Corbett talks with Dr. Gregory Melvin of Total Thermal Imaging about how to use an infrared camera to 'do no harm' to patients. The non-destructive nature of infrared thermography in buildings is just as elegant when used to detect problems in the body's circulatory, nervous, and lymphatic system, and to put it bluntly, this guy is totally awesome. Sponsored by the #TinyLab and the videos of its design, construction, testing, and US tour!

Nov 30 2016

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#78 HOW TO REALLY OWN A HOME: John Krigger on Home Performance Helpfulness

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Today Corbett talks with home performance legend John Krigger, author of several books including Residential Energy, about how home performance professionals are winning and failing at helping clients with their homes.  Sponsored by Fall Fast Track, the 6-week mastermind course for home performance professionals.

Aug 09 2016

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#77 ROCKING THE INSTALLATION: Matt Risinger on Building New High Performance Homes

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Today Corbett talks with Matt Ringer of Risinger Homes (and YouTube fame) about insulation/outsulation, building science facts/fiction, and the classic dilemma of building anything well: it's complicated. Sponsored by Fall Fast Track, the only 6-week distance mastermind course in home performance.

Jul 26 2016

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#76 LEAN CONSTRUCTION: Jeff Liker on The Toyota Way for Buildings

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Today we talk with Jeff Liker, author of The Toyota Way, about what Lean is, and what it could mean for building performance. Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop's Fall Fast Track.

May 04 2016

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#75 REALTORS OF THE FUTURE: Chad Curry on How Technology is Remaking Real Estate

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Today Corbett talks with Chad Curry, managing director of the Center for REALTOR Technology, about how performance metrics are changing the real estate industry. From the Internet of Things to measuring air quality in neighborhoods, Chad's group is on the cutting edge of helping the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) incorporate home performance into the selling and buying of homes everywhere! Sponsored by Fall Fast Track- my 6-week mastermind course in home performance ninja techniques.

Sep 11 2015

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#74 SAFE, HEALTHY, AND TESTED: BPI's Larry Zarker means home performance, not VD

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Today Corbett talks at the Habitat X thinktank with BPI CEO Larry Zarker about his passions: helping contractors, building homes that stop sending you to the emergency room, and how to infiltrate the health insurance industry to help make all that happen. Sponsored by the 6-week Fall Fast Track distance mastermind course for home performance black belts.

Aug 26 2015

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#73 DRYING STUFF VS. DRYING AIR: Lew Harriman on Mastering Dehumidification

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Today Corbett is psyched to again talk with Lew Harriman, the master of dehumidification and author of lots of books on moisture control, about guess what! Lew takes us on a tour of macro-drying philosophy, down to the nitty gritty of ERVs and hairdryers and wet spots on your carpet. Sponsored by Corbett's Fall Fast Track 6-week mastermind course in free market home performance.

Aug 11 2015

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#72 STUFF TO BUILD WITH: Ken Levenson on High Performance Building Supplies

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Today Corbett talks with Ken Levenson of 475 High Performance Buidling Supply about Passive House gaining a foothold around the world, what it takes to build for performance, and why the materials and components have to be shipped across the ocean to get to us. Sponsored by Fall Fast Track- the 6 week distance mastermind course for profiting from performance in the private market.

Jul 09 2015

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#71 SPRAY FOAM FAIL: Richard Beyer, Consumer Affected by Spray Foam Insulation

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Today Corbett talks with Richard Beyer, a consumer who lived through a bad spray foam installation and now advocates for spray foam training and licensing. Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop online training portal- get free access now at BuildingPerformanceWorkshop.com

Jun 16 2015

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#70 PERFORMANCE EVERYWHERE: Chris Dorsi on the Spread of Measured Improvement

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Today Corbett talks with Chris Dorsi, founder of the Habitat X Thinktank, about the state of performance-based building in Europe and what the construction industry needs next. *Listeners get a whopping $675 discount off Habitat X registration until June 15 by using code Corbett375.

Jun 02 2015

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#69 WEB PERFORMANCE PRO: Peter Troast on What the Internet Proves

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Today Corbett talks with Peter Troast of Energy Circle, who was just awarded the 2015 BPI Tony Woods Award at ACI National Conference. Peter runs the websites of over 300 home performance contractors, and so may have the best view of how performance-based business in the 21st century is actually working.

May 19 2015

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#68 TINY HOME BUILDER: Dan Louche on the Microcosm of Green Building

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Today Corbett talks with Dan Louche of Tiny Home Builders about the challenges, specialties, and impacts of having an army of homeowners-to-be designing and building their own tiny homes. Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop Training Portal.

May 03 2015

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#67 ARCHITECT AS BUILDER: Chris Laumer-Giddens on Abandoning the Way Your Grandpappy Did It

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Today Corbett talks with architect Chris Laumer-Giddens, half of LG Squared, about why he decided to tackle the whole pizza, what's wrong with the current models of architect, builder, and contractor, and what certifications like ENERGY STAR or LEED can and can not do for the industry. Sponsored by the Building Performance Workshop Online Training Portal.

Apr 29 2015

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#66 RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB: Spohn & Bergmann on the Evolution of Test Equipment

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Today Corbett talks with Bill Spohn of TruTech Tools and James Bergmann of Stride Tool about where testing tools have been, where they're going, and how contractors are using them to prove they kick the competition's butts. This special episode is from the 2014 Fall Fast Track- learn more at HomePerformance.training

Apr 16 2015

21mins

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Bryan made me come here

By overly disgusted. - May 21 2019
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Joking aside this is a great podcast with great information. thank you.

Nice Job all around

By Green Curmudgeon - Jun 20 2014
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Great podcasts, entertaining and informative. Keep up the good work.