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The Conscious Builder Show with Casey Grey

The Conscious Builder Inc.

We are all building something whether it’s a business, a skill, a house, a relationship, a family or a life. Casey Grey is a husband, father, entrepreneur and leader in the construction industry. Learn how to become a conscious builder through these informative interviews and personal sharings.

#182 - Rob Bartko - Hiring for the Trades#181 -  Bill Spohn - Indoor Air Quality and Net Zero Custom Build
Bill Spohn is President and owner of TruTechTools.com, an award-winning reseller of tools and test instruments. He holds a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania. Over the last 30 years, Bill has built his career on creating, designing, and marketing a wide array of test and measurement products that work for technicians in the field including 10 years each at Bacharach and Testo. Bill is all about Science – Comfort, health and energy efficiency. He has worked on BPI, RESNET, GAMA, AHRI, OMA, RSES, NATE, and ACCA Technical Committees, and holds four US patents in instrumentation design. He regularly consults, teaches and writes on product applications in HVACR, building science, healthy homes, Indoor Air Quality, and weatherization. Bill sits on the boards of the Building Performance Association (BPA), the Green Home Institute (GHI) and Solar United Neighbors of Pennsylvania (SUN-PA) He and his wife have built and live in a modular, high-performance, “Net-Zero” home near Pittsburgh, PA. Keep tabs on the details at www.SpohnHome.com   For more from Bill:   Tour Bill Spohn's New Modular Net Zero Home - YouTube   www.TruTechTools.com   To check out MazumaGo and get your free credit: MazumaGo.com/TCB   2:00 introduction Bill   3:10 Trutech tools start up - hvac, building performance tools 4:30 types of tools for HVAC   - if you’re not testing you’re just guessing  6:35 duct leak testing - standard test, bluetooth testing, higher end diagnostic tools 9:00 Indoor air quality -  what you can and should measure, what can you do, ventilation, filtration and humidity control solutions  16:10 Net Zero Home 18:30 cost to go passive, phpp model completed  19:15  US tax credit, co op program deal on solar 20:20 modular design  - eco craft homes 22:55 custom design, factory and site  constraints  23:45 blower door test,  thermal imaging,
05-05-2022
36 mins
#180 - Embodied Carbon and BEAM Software Launch with Industry Leader Chris Magwood
Chris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient and carbon-storing, beautiful and inspiring buildings without wrecking the whole darn planet in the attempt. Since 2011, Chris has been a director and teacher at The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario where he enjoys sharing what he’s learned over his 25-year building career and inspiring others to take this stuff seriously and do it well. In 1996, he built his family a house. It was the first permitted straw bale house in Ontario, Canada.  ​In 2019, he helped to establish Builders for Climate Action, and has been leading development of the BEAM carbon estimator tool for low- rise construction. He is working closely with many levels of government to develop embodied carbon benchmarks and regulatory programs, and helping developers and builders figure out how to reverse climate change with their buildings. Chris has authored seven books on sustainable building and is co- editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series from New Society Publishers. His new book, Building Beyond Zero: New Ideas for Carbon-Smart Architecture, is co-authored with Bruce King and will be available in June, 2022 from Island Press. Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally. For more from Chris:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-magwood-8a8a9738/ https://www.chrismagwood.ca/ https://endeavourcentre.org/ https://healthybuilding.net/ https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/eccc/documents/pdf/climate-change/erp/Canada-2030-Emissions-Reduction-Plan-eng.pdf https://www.buildersforclimateaction.org/uploads/1/5/9/3/15931000/bfca-enercan-report-web.pdf https://endeavourcentre.org/resources-for-building-green/free-encyclopedia-of-sustainable-building-materials/?v=e4b09f3f8402 1:25 Casey Introduction  2:33 Chris introduction   5:30 Straw bale construction 10:00 Pre- ab considerations  12:00 Hard property costs, development cost, services  14:40 Don’t use brick, don’t build a basement  18:30 Hempcrete not replacement for concrete  24:30 Nexcam  - wood fiber ICF product  - have a cork insulation option  26:30 BEAM  - build emissions accounting materials, release end of april, free, just materials  38:00 Products to avoid  -  formaldehyde (glued wood particles), plastic and foam, flame retardants, voc’s, no VOC paint, For more from The Conscious Builder and The Conscious Builder Academy: Conscious Builder Academy: www.consciousbuilderacademy.com   How to Market and Sell Passive Houses PRE-SALE: https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com/course/market-and-sell-passive-houses
22-04-2022
56 mins
#179 - Chelsah Thomas - Becoming a B corp, Thomas House Net Zero Project and more#178 - Builder Feature: Natalie Leonard - Making Passive Houses More Accessible
Natalie Leonard is the first Certified Passive House Consultant and Certified Passive House Builder in Canada. Her mission is to make sustainable, high-performance homes affordable for everyone. She leads the Passive Design Solutions team with a depth of experience in creating cost-effective, beautiful, and ultra-efficient homes.   Natalie brings her engineering background, hands-on design, construction experience and a practical approach to building.   Passive Design Solutions has completed over 100 Passive House projects in cold climates. They specialize in designing Net-Zero ready passive homesand the services needed to see projects through to completion, such as custom design, construction support, and energy consulting.   2:36 How Natalie got into the business  7:45 Is it worth getting certified? 9:45 What is a passive house certification? 11:45 Mistakes on Previous Passive House Builds  15:30 Working with more builders 19:00 Difference between PHIUS and  PHI  23:45 Changing from ACH to leakage per sq. feet 25:00 Changes to Primary Energy Requirement to reward high density builds 31:30 Passive Solar House is not the same  35:00 Pre-Designed Passive Homes  40:50 Purchasing a Pre Designed Passive House Plan  48:00 Future of Construction     For more from Natalie and Passive Design Solutions:   A catalogue of pre-designed energy efficient home plans. Available Canada-wide, customized to order:  https://www.passivedesign.ca/pages/plans  https://www.instagram.com/passive_design/  https://www.facebook.com/passivedesignsolutions  https://www.linkedin.com/company/passive-design-solutions/     For More from The Conscious Builder   For Conflict Resolution Toolkit and Priming for Tough Conversations Handbook: https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com/bundle/priming-handbook-and-conflict-resolution-toolkit-bundle  MORE FROM THE CONSCIOUS BUILDER: Academy: https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com Website: https://www.theconsciousbuilder.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_conscious_builder/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconsciousbuilder LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-conscious-builder/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BuildConscious
22-03-2022
52 mins
#177 - Builder Feature: Raphael Spinner Canadian Passive House Builder HSS Design Build
Raphael, originally from Switzerland, is a Swiss and Canadian trained certified Passive House Designer with over 19 years of construction experience building with mass timber. He started his own Design Build firm called HSS Design Build in 2016.   HSS Design Build is located in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. They provide quality craftsmanship and sustainable building techniques for generations to enjoy. At HSS, they create structures that resemble and respond to their natural surroundings and create comfortable living spaces which meet future efficiency standards and are the highest quality.   Raphael is passionate about energy efficient and innovative design. His business mission: to accelerate the transition to sustainable and energy efficient design and construction practices.     For more from Raphael and HSS Design Build: website: https://www.hssdesignbuild.com/   instagram - hssdesignbuild youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWrI6MV1-QRB_RZkpNaZ_A LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/hss-design-build/     For more from The Conscious Builder: www.theconsciousbuilder.com   Conscious Builder Academy: www.consciousbuilderacademy.com   Priming for Tough Conversations Handbook https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com/course/priming-tough-conversations   Conflict Resolution Toolkit: https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com/course/conflict-resolution-toolkit   Conflict Resolution Toolkit and Priming For Tough Conversations Bundle: https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com/bundle/priming-handbook-and-conflict-resolution-toolkit-bundle
11-03-2022
33 mins
#176 - Builder Feature: Sustainable building, transparency and active listening with Josh Friesen of Dueck Builders
Josh Friesen is part owner of Duek Builders https://www.dueckbuilders.com/ Dueck Builders had its beginnings as Dueck Homes when Cal Dueck began building custom homes in 2006 in his neighbourhood of Fort Garry. Cal started with a hands-on approach, doing all the framing, concrete, and finishing in the green homes he built.  Energy efficient homes and sustainable building practices continue to be at the forefront of what Dueck Builders brings to the table. They created the first privately-built LEED certified house in Manitoba, and Cal contributed to various Green building boards. Dueck Builders continues to invest in pushing the envelope for responsible building. Whether it is ICF houses or double-wall builds, they aim to achieve Passive House air exchange requirements to ensure healthy indoor air quality. In 2016, Dueck Homes changed its name to Dueck Builders, remaining a family owned and operated business with nephew Josh Friesen joining the company. Dueck Builders is committed to making a fair wage and ensuring fair payment to sub-trades. They believe win-win situations are the only way to conduct business. In this episode, we touch on a wide range of topics including: -What sustainability means to Josh -The base level techniques and products that Dueck likes to use -Why being interested in people is so important -How honesty always wins  -How active listening may just be the solution to all your problems For more from The Conscious Builder:  Conscious Builder Academy: www.consciousbuilderacademy.com Conflict Resolution Toolkit: https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com/course/conflict-resolution-toolkit Priming for Tough Conversations Handbook https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com/course/priming-tough-conversations
22-02-2022
42 mins
#175 - You Matter as much as your Business with Casey Grey- Replay: Business Bros Podcast#174 - What's the difference between an HRV and an ERV - Casey Grey - Podcast - The Conscious Builder 01-21-2022
Energy Recovery Ventilator (Also known as Enthalpy Recovery Ventilator) VS. Heat Recovery Ventilator. Casey reviews how they work, covers their differences and suggests which one you might need - or may already have!   MORE FROM THE CONSCIOUS BUILDER: Website: https://www.theconsciousbuilder.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_conscious_builder/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theconsciousbuilder LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-conscious-builder/?viewAsMember=true Twitter: https://twitter.com/BuildConscious CONTACT: Email: info@theconsciousbuilder.com Office: 613.693.0914 DISCLAIMER: content produced by The Conscious Builder Inc. is provided for informational purposes only. The information contained in the videos is intended to give general guidance to simplify residential construction projects. Because tools, products, materials, equipment, techniques, building codes and local regulations are continually changing, The Conscious Builder Inc cannot and does not assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained therein. Further, The Conscious Builder will not accept any claim for liability related to, but not limited to, omissions, errors, injury, damage or the outcome of any project. It is the responsibility of the viewer to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, codes and regulations for a project. The consumer must always take proper safety precautions and exercise caution when taking on any project. If there are any questions or doubts in regards to the element of a plan, please consult with a licensed professional.
21-01-2022
7 mins
#173 - Paul Harvey - What is Success and How Do You Get It?
03-01-2022
35 mins
#172 - Deep Retrofits, Resiliency and Training with Shawna Henderson#171 - Ben Adam-Smith - UK Passive House owner and podcaster on his custom build
03-12-2021
39 mins
#170 - Tom Reber - Stop Stealing From Your Family
Tom Reber (thecontractorfight.com) is an entrepreneur, business coach, podcaster, founder of The Contractor Fight & Shin-Fu Sales Mastermind, and HGTV host. His content has helped hundreds of thousands of home improvement contractors improve their lives and businesses.  Tom coaches and advises business owners and CEO's on how to lead better, build stronger teams and scale their businesses profitably.  Tom is a United States Marine Corps veteran, lover of fine tequila and kettlebell fanatic. He is originally from Wheaton, IL and now resides in Colorado.    Tom has written a new book: Winning the Contractor Fight  "The Contractor Fight" is what Tom Reber calls the battle between your ears. We all have stories and experiences that have formed us into who we are. We are what we think, and the battleground is our mind.  The Fight is not with the people you think are "cheap customers." It's not with the unlicensed competitors or the "illegals," as many contractors think.  The Fight is with yourself.  Sadly, most of the struggles contractors have are self imposed. It's friendly fire. The negative ways we think about ourselves and our worth… friendly fire. The growing debt, working too much, small bank account… friendly fire.  Winning the Fight is a choice. find Tom on instagram at @realtomreber, and YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/TomReber 0:00 introduction    1:35 how did you get into the business 4:10 Contractors fight - why the name 5:45 why the mindset is so hard, negative self talk  8:25 how to be more disciplined, small daily goals  11:40 transition into HGTV  18:40 importance of processes  24:30 prioritizing yourself  time  31:25 “if there’s anything you need we’ll share with you how you can live without it” 36:25 - book contractors fightclub
19-11-2021
38 mins
# 169 - Conversation with Devon Tilly Art of Construction Podcast -  with Casey Grey the Conscious Builder 11-04-2021#168 - Climate Change Mitigation and Resiliency with Janice Ashworth
Janice Ashworth - Project Manager at City of Ottawa Climate Change Unit (99+) Janice Ashworth | LinkedIn Janice has been a tireless advocate of community-owned power for more than decade.  She played an important role in developing 17 solar power projects in Eastern Ontario with a total generating capacity of 1.7 MW. She has been with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op since 2011 and has 10 years of experience in renewable energy. At OREC, she is responsible for business development, project management, and financing. Janice Chairs the Ontario Federation of Community Power Co-operatives, is a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Net Metering Working Group of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. She coordinated the Nova Scotia Sustainable Electricity Alliance and worked in wind energy with the community-owned Colchester-Cumberland Windfield. Her non-profit experience includes community organizing for Ecology Ottawa and promoting solar energy with the Ecology Action Centre. In her time as General Manager of OREC, Janice has been named as a 40 Under 40 business leader by the Ottawa Business Journal, and was awarded the 2017 Solar Woman of Distinction by Women in Renewable Energy. 1:25 start  2:12 where did the interest come from 7:00 how are we doing energy use, the effect of covid  12:50 Community-owned power what is it? 14:10 Energy democracy  17:45 OREC - solar and wind projects in Ottawa,  18:57 Co-power  19:40 Green Energy Act  22:10 ONEC - community farm  24:45 Farm co-op  - organic vegetables   29:00 Growing our own garden 31:00 Climate refugees   32:30 Project manager -  Ottawa climate unit - what they do  Climate change resiliency  Climate change mitigation  Specific role -  financial modeling, private building retrofits  35:11 Private building retrofits  - better homes loan program - 0% financing to homeowners, Oct 25th loan program starts. 39:43 how does it work, energuide audit 44:00 energy evolution  - strategy to achieve master plan net zero 2040
22-10-2021
51 mins
#167 - SMARTNet Sustainabilty Showcase Panel
Casey Grey joins an expert panel discussion on Innovative Technologies in New Home Builds at the 2021 SMARTNet Alliance Sustainability Showcase. GOHBA Ottawa's Executive director Jason Buggraff hosts, and RND construction's Roy Narendram and Chris Wiessflog of EcoGen Energy & Build round out the panel. If you can handle some less than stellar audio, you won't be disappointed with this episodes' conversation! One audience member even gets a little spicy. 01:13 - Chris Weissflog Introduction - EcoGen Energy & Build  - passive house and retrofit  2:32  - Casey Introduction   3:17 -  Roy Nandram Introduction - RND Construction 4:10  - What makes a house efficient: Chis  5:57 - Roy  6:48 - What’s most important for the building envelope:  Casey - house as a system  8:14 -  What is short cycling: Casey 8:45 Recent projects that showcase energy efficiency: Casey - 161 Year old Stone Home Retrofit 10:59 - Chris - recent projects and his own passive house - ground source heat pump 13:02 - Roy  - Ottawa’s 9 First Net zero development  14:07 - House as a system  - airtight and breath: Casey 15:42  - Roy heat exchanger  16:30 -  Air Vapour Barrier Systems: Roy  17:51`- Casey assume water gets in water assembly  19:12 - Chris  22:58 - Embodied Carbon: Casey    23:48 - Different Energy Rating’s/Standards: Roy  26:35 - Passive House: Chris  29:37 - Automation in energy efficiency: Roy - thermostats,  fireplaces 31:12 - Chris  33:23  Casey - house as system: Don't mess with it.  34:21  Chris - education, like purchasing a vehicle  35:29 Question: old house with addition, cold floor on piers, getting passive solar and windows, what is the best way to insulate the floor? 36:51 Casey's Answer: Airtightness, "Fresh Air", ERVs, SHGC, triple pane glass  39:38 Roy add heating option  40:46 Chris prevent thermal breakage, energy advisor, grants   44:35 Question 2: heat loss on Chris’s house  45:01 carbon dioxide monitor why not use one: Chris 49:15 Roy  - ventilation  50:00 - Casey - Voc’s, 4 53:14 - Question: Sustainable countertop choice: Roy 56:55 - last comments: Chris direction of building codes  58:10- Casey: How do we speak to the general public, not preach to the choir? You need to experience these houses.    The Conscious Builder Website: www.theconsciousbuilder.com  The Conscious Builder on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeThir3L7kgmChWyHnKBWVw  The Conscious Builder on Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_conscious_builder/  Roy's Website: http://rndconstruction.ca/ Chris's Website: https://ecogenenergyandbuild.ca/ GOHBA's Website: https://www.ohba.ca/members/gohba-eo/ Special thanks to the other panelists and SMARTNet Alliance for having us SMARTNet Alliance Website: https://smartnetalliance.ca/
08-10-2021
1 hr 4 mins
#166 - Everything You Need to Know About Geo-Thermal with Wyatt Roberts from Dandelion Energy#165 - You’re Not a Victim of History, You’re a Master of Destiny with Dr. John Demartini#164 - What Does A General Contractor Do?#163 - How Navigate the Landlord & Tenant System for Success with Kayla Andrade