Episodes

EP28 The Happy Scientist at Refrigeration Technologies

Sept. 7, 2018

After 31 years in business, 3 major career changes and 10 products (and counting) later, John Pastorello shares with us how, and more importantly why he built his business, Refrigeration Technologies.   John shares with us h…

EP27 Paradise found? Home performance contracting in Hawaii with Blake Reid

Sept. 1, 2018

Blake Reid shares with us the challenges and rewards of doing home performance work in Hawaii which has the most expensive energy, 12 climate zones, no energy code, an active volcano, and an aggressive state climate goal.   …

EP26 Where does LEED lead you? A Chat with Charlie Cichetti of GBES.com

Aug. 17, 2018

What is LEED? Who is involved in LEED? Why should I care about LEED?   In today’s episode, Bill Spohn welcomes one of the leaders in the green building industry, Charlie Cichetti, Owner of Green Building Education Services (…

EP 25 The Future of Housing: Reflections on the 2018 HabitatX Conference

July 5, 2018

What will housing look like in the future? Who are some of the leaders? What are some the topics driving this industry?   Bill Spohn welcomes back Chris Dorsi, contractor, educator, author and founder of HabitatX.com to give…

Ep 24 Building a thoughtful home, career and life with Chris Dorsi of HabitatX

May 19, 2018

Bill Spohn welcomes Chris Dorsi, contractor, educator, author and founder of HabitatX.com. Chris describes the current arc of his career which he describes as serial interventions starting with cutting timber for housing. Ch…

EP 23 AirQuest- Bill Spohn's take on airflow measurements, Part 4

April 18, 2018

Show notes AirQuest 4 In this episode, Bill Spohn continues where he left off in Episode 3 of his AirQuest series, discussing airflow measuring methods and techniques. Bill covers vane anemometers as well as the garbage bag …

EP 22 AirQuest- Bill Spohn's take on airflow measurements, Part 3

April 9, 2018

Show notes AirQuest 3 In this episode, Bill Spohn continues where he left off in Episode 2 of his AirQuest series, discussing airflow measuring methods and techniques. Bill Covers the TrueFlow measuring grid, air flow captur…

EP21 Super tight houses using standard construction- Ed Kisiel of EKAbuild

March 13, 2018

Today Ed Kisiel of EKABuild Corp. joins us to discuss the way he goes about constructing super tight homes using standard construction techniques. Ed describes his process and his respect for the House as a System concept: t…

EP20 Super Tight Walls & Ducts with Bryan Barnes of Aeroseal

March 9, 2018

Bryan Barnes of Aeroseal, LLC joins us today to discuss two revolutionary technologies that greatly impact Building Performance: AeroSeal for sealing ducts from the inside out and AeroBarrier for sealing a building enclosure…

EP19 Making Home Performance the Norm with Ted Kidd & Nate Adams

March 1, 2018

In this episode Bill chats with Ted Kidd and Nate Adams, two people who share an extreme passion for making better home performance the norm and not the exception. Our conversation gets tough on state energy programs, utilit…

EP18 Energy Star Home Troubles with Terje Gronas

Feb. 19, 2018

In today’s episode, Terje Gronas tells us about his 2-year struggle to get the healthy, comfortable and energy efficient home he wanted for his family. He discusses the heavy study and personal interventions he had to make t…

EP17 Data, Data Everywhere- Capturing information with Hobo Data loggers with guest Matt Rivers

Feb. 13, 2018

On today’s show, Bill welcomes Matt Rivers from Onset Computer, manufacturer of the world famous line of Hobo Data Loggers. Matt describes their three main markets: Indoor, Outdoor (Weather) and Water Quality. We hear of the…

EP16- Powerpoint is Dead-Engaging Adults in Technical Education with Amanda Hatherly

Feb. 6, 2018

Today we learn about how Amanda Hatherly has morphed the traditional approaches of technical training into something much more interactive and interesting. Over the last 8 years she helped to develop the Energy Smart Academy…

EP15 Bryan and Bill’s big adventure: AHR Expo round up thru the eyes of a couple of nerds

Jan. 31, 2018

Bryan Orr and Bill Spohn spent 3 busy days learning, listening and absorbing the vibe at the world’s largest HVACR trade show, the AHR Expo which took place in Chicago at the end of January 2018. Come walk the auditory aisle…

EP14 - CarFax for homes - Pearl Certification is looking for good contractors

Jan. 17, 2018

On this episode, Bill Spohn welcomes Bethany Profaizer and Amy Beley from Pearl Certification (www.PearlCertification.com). Pearl has created a unique and very cost effective, third party certification for the major “invisib…

EP13 - Contractors Benefit from Utility-based Energy Savings Programs with Joe Kuonen from CleaRESULT

Jan. 11, 2018

Joe has worked for for CLEAResult (www.CLEAResult.com ) for over 10 years. His company is a fast growing, highly focused implementer of utility-based energy savings programs. Joe discusses the ins and outs of building an ene…

EP12 -The complex business of making better measurements easy for you - Interview with Marko Bruinsma from Testo

Jan. 2, 2018

Today we talk with Marko Bruinsma, President of Testo, inc. Marko gives us an overview of how his background from destructive testing in labs, to work with rockets and propellants to repping instrumentation shaped his career…

EP11 The Wild, Wild JWest- from Heavy Metal to House Wrap

Dec. 26, 2017

Today Bill speaks with JWest, a building performance practitioner and educator. J can be reached at JWest@hph2tc.com (his consulting business) or at JWest@CEDAnet.org (the community action agency in Chicago that he works for…

EP10 -The most helpful guy in HVAC- Interview with Gary Reecher

Dec. 18, 2017

Today Bill speaks with Gary Reecher, a dedicated HVAC/R technician from day one. Gary discusses how his background in the US Air Force as an Environmental Systems Technician helped shaped his interest and approach to HVAC/R.…

EP9 - Building science and practice above the Arctic Circle-Interview with Griffin Hagle

Dec. 13, 2017

Today Bill speaks with Griffin Hagle, Weatherization Manager of the North Slope Borough in Barrow (Utqiagvik), Alaska. Griffin discusses what lead him to live and work above the arctic circle, as well as some of the challeng…

EP8 - BPI- Building Performance through the eyes of Larry Zarker, CEO of BPI

Dec. 6, 2017

Today’s guest is Larry Zarker, CEO of BPI, the Building Performance Institute. BPI is the nation’s premier organization for certification and standards-setting for home performance professionals. You will find them on the we…

EP7 - Energy Rated Homes with Steve Baden Founder of RESNET

Nov. 29, 2017

Today we interviewed Steve Baden the founder and present day executive director of RESNET: The Residential Energy Services Network. There are now 2 million US homes that are energy rated from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Listen to…

EP6 - AirQuest- Bill Spohn's take on airflow measurements, Part 2

Nov. 15, 2017

In AirQuest part 2 Bill shares his depth of knowledge on airflow and measuring airflow including mass flow rate, CFM and much more..

EP5 - AirQuest- Bill Spohn's take on airflow measurements, Part 1

Nov. 9, 2017

In AirQuest part 1 Bill shares his depth of knowledge on airflow and measuring airflow including mass flow rate, CFM and much more..