Episodes

EP46 A new refrigerant born from science and sweat with Peter Capuciati Founder of Bluon

May 1, 2020

“I grew up thinking that a research scientist was a natural thing to be.” Stephen Hawking There’s physical science. And there’s a kind of science as to how the mind works and how people achieve their dreams. Blend one-part p…

EP45 Making Homes Perform better – HVAC tips with John Semmelhack

March 6, 2020

“The only think I have learnt over the years is that if you enjoy your work and put in best efforts it will show. If you follow this process, things work out. But if you go chasing a formula, success will elude you.” Mahesh …

EP44 What's new in Home Performance 2.0 with Nate Adams

Aug. 30, 2019

“True genius lies not in doing the extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” General Louis H. Wilson, Jr. Building science principles are few and fairly straightforward; ordinary, perhaps.  …

EP43 Radon 101 with Dick Kornbluth

Aug. 23, 2019

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin Yep, Radon is force of evil.   Pure evil. Colorless. Odorless. Deadly.   But sneaky. It’s deadly over decades.   My good friend Dick Kornbluth …

EP42 Smart buildings and HVAC Controls- News you can use with Eric Stromquist of ControlTalkNow Podcast

Aug. 16, 2019

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean While we picked a specific topic, this is a wide-ranging episode with my friend in the industry, Eric Stromquis…

EP 41 Great Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Health with Ty Newell of Build Equinox

Aug. 9, 2019

To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha HVAC and building performance contractors are seeing more homes built or retrofit to tighter levels. Blower…

EP40 Why You need to Pay Attention to National Standards Affecting HVAC Installations with Jeremy Begley

Aug. 1, 2019

In this age of high technology and Jedi Knights, we often overlook the need of personal involvement, but we do so at our own risk. William H. McRaven (American Solider) Attention all HVAC Techs: Soon someone will be looking…

EP39 Learn about HVACR Chemicals & Sealants with Mike Walton of CoolAir Products

Feb. 11, 2019

Looking to be a better HVACR Tech?   One key aspect is keeping up to date with changing equipment, products and techniques. And that is no mean feat.   In order to do so, you need to help yourself to training and education w…

EP38 Personalized Home Performance - Bill Spohn's new home construction Part 1

Feb. 4, 2019

Today we turn the tables and your host becomes the guest! As you may or may not know Marilyn and I are building a new high-performance home this year (2019).   Even though I have been involved in home performance for 30 ye…

EP37 From Building Plaques to Building Performance A discussion with Ryan Miller of NCBPA

Jan. 28, 2019

I’ve never thought about entrepreneurship when it comes to trade associations. I just thought they always existed.   Well, in the nascent world of building performance, I should have known better.   Listen in as we chat with…

EP36 What is Home Performance 2.0?

Jan. 21, 2019

Some of our listeners have likely heard of the term Home Performance.   But have you heard of Home Performance 2.0?   Michael Housh and Neil Comparetto join us to describe how they are helping to develop this new approach to…

EP35 Let's get TECnical @ AirFlow hoods with Steve Rogers of the Energy Conservatory

Jan. 5, 2019

You may know the answer to this question: “Why would I want to use an air flow hood?”   You might not know the answer to this one: “How do I find a good air flow hood?”   Steve Rogers, President and Owner of the Energy Conse…

EP 34 CompanyCam - a tool for stress relief

Jan. 4, 2019

Smartphones are great communications tools for contractors and techs.   But how do you organize and effectively share the right photos at the right time?   Listen in as Luke Hansen, former roofing contractor and inventor of …

EP33 When will homes be on auto-pilot for healthy IAQ?

Dec. 21, 2018

How can an IOT (internet of things) based device help home dwellers and home performance contractors?   Listen as our guest Jacques Touillon, inventor of the foobot describes what got him started on the journey from a concep…

EP32 Tersh, Bryan and Bill chat about entrepreneurism

Dec. 14, 2018

Curious about what it takes to be an entrepreneur?   Well, so are these three guys.   Listen in as business owners Tersh Blissett (), Bryan Orr () and Bill Spohn () discuss what it means to them to run their own businesses. …

EP31 Called to the Long Game-Bryan Orr’s Educational work in Haiti

Dec. 9, 2018

We veer a little off the technical path in this episode as we discuss with Bryan Orr his educational missionary work in Haiti.   For the past 2 years, Bryan has led a small team of volunteers to first scope out and recently …

EP30 Making Beautiful Music in the Home with Grace & Corbett

Dec. 1, 2018

You’ll note no last names in this episode title, as I know Grace & Corbett so well.   And I think you need to know them better, too.   Grace McPhillips Lunsford and Corbett Lunsford have embarked on a road to change the cult…

EP29 Stop Waiting on the World to Change, a conversation with James Childre

Nov. 18, 2018

In this episode, Bill chats with James Childre, founder of RedPointMontana.com, a home performance specialist.   James shares with us his enthusiasm for the field and describes his persuasive persistence in preaching home pe…

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 …