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Co-hosts Ian and Ginger spread the word that utilizing sustainable, green-building principles in construction, design, and urban development is not just morally and environmentally good, but also good business!

New methods, materials and technologies to bring down costs and increase productivity are already here, creating a huge opportunity for anyone savvy enough to invest in venturing beyond the current status quo.

We at Sustainable Homes of the Future are excited to dive into the details of the green-building "boom" and share our sustainability conversations and interviews with listeners here in Los Angeles and across the globe.

Building the Future: Green Building in the New Millennium Sustainable Homes of the Future

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Co-hosts Ian and Ginger spread the word that utilizing sustainable, green-building principles in construction, design, and urban development is not just morally and environmentally good, but also good business!

New methods, materials and technologies to bring down costs and increase productivity are already here, creating a huge opportunity for anyone savvy enough to invest in venturing beyond the current status quo.

We at Sustainable Homes of the Future are excited to dive into the details of the green-building "boom" and share our sustainability conversations and interviews with listeners here in Los Angeles and across the globe.

    Building Electrification: Existing Building Retrofits

    Building Electrification: Existing Building Retrofits

    Picking up where we left off last episode...today's electrification deep dive takes us inside the mind of a designer or contractor looking to swap out gas furnaces and water heaters for all-electric systems and appliances. But wait - there are a few things to consider before signing on the dotted line: insulation, ducts, and breaker boxes, just to name a few!
     
    Did you know that until just a few years ago it was actually illegal to build a home in CA without hooking up to natural gas?! What environmental, social, and public health benefits could we achieve with nationwide adoption of all-electric buildings? Listen to find out!
     
     
    Show Sponsor - www.sustainablehomesofthefuture.com
    Contact Host - info@shfbuild.com
     


     


    Show Notes:
     
    Electrify Everything - https://www.vox.com/2016/9/19/12938086/electrify-everything
    Redwood Energy - https://redwoodenergy.net/research/
    California Energy Commission (Title 24) - https://www.energy.ca.gov/media/3950
    DSIRE (State Incentives) - https://www.dsireusa.org/
    Clean Energy Connection - https://www.cleanenergyconnection.org/find-contractor
    Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) - https://www.ethree.com/e3-quantifies-the-consumer-and-emissions-impacts-of-electrifying-california-homes/
    Electrify Everything FB Group - https://www.facebook.com/Electrify-Everything-482071985522368

    • 23 min
    Building Electrification: A Climate-Forward Solution

    Building Electrification: A Climate-Forward Solution

    The first installment in a 3-part "Series" on All-Electric Buildings, we explain why the push for electrification of the built environment has only just begun. We also explore some of the local regulation in California and shine some light on how energy mandates and "reach codes" are being used to inspire proliferation of the #electrifyeverything movement here in the US.


     


    Did you know that until just a few years ago it was actually illegal to build a home in CA without hooking up to natural gas?! What environmental, social, and public health benefits could we achieve with nationwide adoption of all-electric buildings? Listen to find out!


     


     


    Show Sponsor - www.sustainablehomesofthefuture.com


    Contact Host - info@shfbuild.com


     


     


    Show Notes:


     


    Electrify Everything - https://www.vox.com/2016/9/19/12938086/electrify-everything


    Redwood Energy - https://redwoodenergy.net/research/


    California Energy Commission (Title 24) - https://www.energy.ca.gov/media/3950


    DSIRE (State Incentives) - https://www.dsireusa.org/


    Clean Energy Connection - https://www.cleanenergyconnection.org/find-contractor


    Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) - https://www.ethree.com/e3-quantifies-the-consumer-and-emissions-impacts-of-electrifying-california-homes/


    Electrify Everything FB Group - https://www.facebook.com/Electrify-Everything-482071985522368


     

    • 26 min
    Mass Timber: The Future of Wood Construction

    Mass Timber: The Future of Wood Construction

    Our first Season 2 "deep-dive" into the emerging practice of building with laminated, pre-fabricated beams and assemblies explains how engineered timber paves the way for much taller wood buildings to be constructed across the globe. Tune in to learn about all the environmental and sustainability benefits of swapping in structural wood in lieu of concrete and steel.


     


    Find out what's been holding things back in the US and how important sustainable forestry practices are if this building method truly ends up "catching fire". Oh, and what happens when "mass timber" structures actually do catch fire? Listen to the episode to find out...it's not what you think!


     


    Show Sponsor - www.sustainablehomesofthefuture.com


    Contact Host - info@shfbuild.com


     


     


    Show Notes:


     


    Bessie Surtees House - https://historicengland.org.uk/get-involved/visit/bessie-surtees-house/


    River Beech Tower - https://perkinswill.com/project/river-beech-tower/


    Forestry Stewardship Council - https://fsc.org/en


    Sustainable Forestry Initiative - https://www.forests.org/


    Bruce King - https://www.ecobuildnetwork.org/projects/new-carbon-architecture


    Michael Green (T3) - http://mg-architecture.ca/work/t3-minneapolis/


    Think Wood - https://www.thinkwood.com/mass-timber

    • 20 min
    Interview w/ Matt DiBara (The Undercover Contractor)

    Interview w/ Matt DiBara (The Undercover Contractor)

    Wow! Matt (DiBara Masonry) decided to run his family's concrete/masonry business in a way that benefits both his clients and the environment, and he has started a campaign (www.theundercovercontractor.com) to increase transparency in the construction business and save homeowners money.


     


    Matt and I discuss how the shift toward "eco-conscious" practices and products requires a discussion of long-term value vs. upfront price. Also, find out how design-based solutions can often have the added benefit of lowering project costs. If this is where the industry is headed I'm excited for the future of the built environment!


     


    Episode Sponsor - www.sustainablehomesofthefuture.com


    Contact Host - info@shfbuild.com


     


     


    About Matt:


     


    Fourth generation mason Matt DiBara mixed his first bag of concrete at age 9 and went on to spend most of his childhood learning the trade, eventually placing first in the national SkillsUSA masonry competition. From there, he branched out to attend the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he earned a degree in Construction Management and Environmental Design.


     


    After graduating, Matt took over his family’s construction business and relocated to Los Angeles, where he went on to be mentored by the likes of marketing guru Jay Abraham and business tycoon Mike Agugilaro of CEO Warrior fame. Since then, he has built up DiBara Masonry to become the leading masonry and concrete company in the country, working on some of the most prestigious and well known celebrity homes in the city, in addition to restoring a number of Hollywood’s most famous cultural landmarks.


     


    Matt’s true passion, however, rests in educating homeowners by empowering them with in-depth industry insight, much of which can be found in his upcoming book The Undercover Contractor: How To Avoid Getting F*cked By Your Contractor and his recent podcast, The Undercover Contractor Podcast.


     


    Show Notes:


     


    DiBara Masonry - https://www.dibaramasonry.com/


    The Undercover Contractor - https://www.theundercovercontractor.com/

    • 53 min
    Interview w/ Susan Inglis (Sustainable Furnishings Council)

    Interview w/ Susan Inglis (Sustainable Furnishings Council)

    Listen in as Susan Inglis and I talk about her organization’s mission to merge Health, Environment, and Profitability in the interior furnishings space. SFC advocates for eco-friendly products and educates consumers, retailers, and manufacturers about better practices in the industry.


     


    Other fun topics of conversation include: sustainable forestry, regenerative business practices, market-driven solutions to environmental toxins, and the circular economy. Why should we care about a circular economy? Hint: It can often save money!


     


    Episode Sponsor - www.sustainablehomesofthefuture.com


    Contact Host - info@shfbuild.com


     


     


    About Susan:


     


    Susan Inglis is Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and resident expert with the organization she helped found in 2006. She has led SFC to work with industry leaders to establish criteria to gauge the sustainability of furniture products and practices; develop programs for educating all sectors of the industry; and attract hundreds of companies to membership. Inglis is also founder and owner of From The Mountain, a company that imports hand spun cashmere yarn from Afghanistan, providing safe income for over 100 women there. Inglis serves on the Board of the American Sustainable Business Council and was awarded a 2017 Visionary Leadership award by the NC Business Council. She lives in North Carolina.


     


    Show Notes:


     


    Sustainable Furnishings Council - https://sustainablefurnishings.org/


    High Point Furniture Market - https://www.highpointmarket.org/


    Forest Stewardship Council - https://fsc.org/en


    Sustainable Forestry Initiative - https://www.forests.org/


    Architecture 2030 - https://architecture2030.org/

    • 50 min
    Interview w/ John Semmelhack (Think Little)

    Interview w/ John Semmelhack (Think Little)

    John Semmelhack is a Passive House consultant, energy-efficiency expert and Founder of Think-Little in Charlottesville, VA. He works in a specific region of the country where 75% of new homes (2014) opted to receive a HERS energy rating despite the lack of local and state incentives for "high-performing" buildings.


    John and I discuss many of the benefits and challenges involved with the Passive House approach as well as nuances related to climate-specific and client-specific design. Fact: Three huge benefits of Passive House are increased Comfort, Health, & Efficiency!


     


    Episode Sponsor - www.sustainablehomesofthefuture.com


    Contact Host - info@shfbuild.com


     


    About John:


    John Semmelhack is the owner of Think Little. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a member of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) Technical Committee, and is a PHIUS Trainer for the Certified Passive House Consultant and PHIUS+ Rater training programs. He sits on the boards of the Passive House Alliance U.S. (PHAUS) and the Passive House Alliance U.S. – Capital Chapter.


    John is also a certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater, a Technical Advisor to builders in the EarthCraft House Virginia green building program, and a BPI-certified Building Analyst. He is a graduate of the Leeds School of Business (no, not that “LEED”) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


     


    Show Notes:


    Comparetto Comfort Solutions - https://comparetto-comfort-solutions.business.site/


    Passive House U.S. - https://www.phius.org/home-page


    Electrify Everything - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1854210748209867/


     


     

    • 59 min

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