81 episodes

THE GOOD news: our homebuilding industry is jam-packed with new materials, new techniques, new systems, and it’s so easy to get information online, in an instant. THE BAD news: How do we know what we can trust; what will work and under what conditions? Where do we turn to separate out the spin-and-hype from the true-and-square? We’ve got you covered! The UnBuild It Podcast is an industry leading opportunity to get good information. UnBuild It podcast is a three member team – Peter Yost; Building Scientist, Jake Bruton; Builder and Remodeler, and Steven Baczek; Architect. We are nationally recognized industry leaders: Jake as a homebuilder; Steve as an architect, and Peter as a building scientist. You can find us at leading homebuilding industry events, in top-notch publications, and online media outlets.We believe that solid industry-related information has four key ingredients;RELEVANCE: You need insight on your job site. Jake, Steve, and Peter are in the field on a regular basis doing what we all strive to do. We walk thewalk – then talk about the walk. The three of us have been working togetherlong enough to build on each other’s expertise, but also not take ourselvestoo seriously. We are among the best at taking what may seem like complicated concepts, breaking them down, and turning them into job site ready breakthroughs.ACCURACY: Jake is often quoted as saying “Trust but Validate.” We don’t ask you to be the bleeding, leading edge; we develop trusted solutions based on our own work in the field, pushing each other to practice what we preach. Our accuracy comes out of triangulation: building, design, performance.UTILITY: We guarantee that each podcast episode will have you moving from all ears to all action. Our information is born from our own work. We pride ourselves on delivering information you can use the same day you make it through an episode. CAMARADERIE: We work together because we love homebuilding, hitting the airwaves, and humor. If you are not having fun learning with us during eachepisode, we are not doing our job.

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    • 4.4 • 19 Ratings

THE GOOD news: our homebuilding industry is jam-packed with new materials, new techniques, new systems, and it’s so easy to get information online, in an instant. THE BAD news: How do we know what we can trust; what will work and under what conditions? Where do we turn to separate out the spin-and-hype from the true-and-square? We’ve got you covered! The UnBuild It Podcast is an industry leading opportunity to get good information. UnBuild It podcast is a three member team – Peter Yost; Building Scientist, Jake Bruton; Builder and Remodeler, and Steven Baczek; Architect. We are nationally recognized industry leaders: Jake as a homebuilder; Steve as an architect, and Peter as a building scientist. You can find us at leading homebuilding industry events, in top-notch publications, and online media outlets.We believe that solid industry-related information has four key ingredients;RELEVANCE: You need insight on your job site. Jake, Steve, and Peter are in the field on a regular basis doing what we all strive to do. We walk thewalk – then talk about the walk. The three of us have been working togetherlong enough to build on each other’s expertise, but also not take ourselvestoo seriously. We are among the best at taking what may seem like complicated concepts, breaking them down, and turning them into job site ready breakthroughs.ACCURACY: Jake is often quoted as saying “Trust but Validate.” We don’t ask you to be the bleeding, leading edge; we develop trusted solutions based on our own work in the field, pushing each other to practice what we preach. Our accuracy comes out of triangulation: building, design, performance.UTILITY: We guarantee that each podcast episode will have you moving from all ears to all action. Our information is born from our own work. We pride ourselves on delivering information you can use the same day you make it through an episode. CAMARADERIE: We work together because we love homebuilding, hitting the airwaves, and humor. If you are not having fun learning with us during eachepisode, we are not doing our job.

    69 - Love It or Hate It: Vapor Control

    69 - Love It or Hate It: Vapor Control

    Holy Smokes--Steve and Pete agree that vapor control is not about a single layer! While this may be the most technical discussion in the Love/Hate series, it still includes plenty of Jake and Steve building science band names.


    Pete's Resource: GBA's "Vapor Profiles Help Predict Whether a Wall Can Dry"

    Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door

    • 32 min
    68 - Love It or Hate It - The Air Control Layer

    68 - Love It or Hate It - The Air Control Layer

    The LOVE--from Pete's nearly romantic relationship with blower doors to Steve's fascination with theatrical fog--and then the HATE--from Jake's intolerance for any builder who does not know what a blower door is to Steve's complete frustration with confused spaces ("You are either inside or outside every space in your buildings--there is no in-between"). Three blowhards just can't shut up about airtightness...


    Pete's Resource(s): 
    Blog on Blower Doors "Air Barrier Continuity" 

    • 34 min
    67 - Love It or Hate It - The Water Control Layer

    67 - Love It or Hate It - The Water Control Layer

    The first in a series of four episodes on the control layers. This approach is trademarked, WTF, Steve Baczek. Expect to hear about flush modern designs, open-joint claddings, and spray testing. We hope you love and not hate this series...


    Pete's Resource: Building Science Corporation's Enclosures That Work - https://www.buildingscience.com/document-search?term=&field_doc_topic_tid=All&type%5B%5D=9

    • 25 min
    Interview with Carl Seville

    Interview with Carl Seville

    • 37 min
    66 - The Wettest Q&A (to date): The UnBuildIt podcast has done many Q&A sessions but boy, this one really focuses on moisture!

    66 - The Wettest Q&A (to date): The UnBuildIt podcast has done many Q&A sessions but boy, this one really focuses on moisture!

    Questions all about water, in everything from concrete to paint, to soils and ventilation systems. Steve says bring caramels and a book for this one...
    Pete's Resources:
    1.  The Manual of Below-Grade Waterproofing (2nd edition, 2016) by Justin Henshell. from this GBA blog
    2. ACCA Manual LLH (Low Load Homes)
    3. High Performance Dehumidification: Santa Fe Ultra70 YouTube

    • 28 min
    Interview with Ben Bogie

    Interview with Ben Bogie

    Join Jake and Steve as they talk with Ben Bogie in this weeks podcast.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Mike104750373 ,

Great podcast!

Steve and Peter always have so much knowledge to drop, I love it!

Jmedler ,

Informational, funny, truthful

These three guys are a great team at making informative information. I’m looking to build my own home one day and my wall might be 5 ft thick after listening to them! Every episode give you a laugh if your into “the office” comedy. Great listen for people in the trades or people interested in improving there own homes!

Frothyjothy ,

Not helping.

Information is great but be aware of the toxic masculinity. There is constant belittling and mocking which perpetuates the traditional bullying atmosphere that is so pervasive in the construction industry. What is even worse is that they are aware of how they are acting but choose to pass it off as teasing and joking. There are much more positive places to get your building science information.

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