61 episodes

Building HVAC Science covers a broad array of topics in building science and HVAC diagnostics, as well as human comfort, health, and safety. Hosted by HVAC measurement and building performance expert Bill Spohn, this show will take a deep dive into all things that relate to buildings and people in the built environment. This show is a production of TruTech Tools

Building HVAC Science Bill Spohn

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Building HVAC Science covers a broad array of topics in building science and HVAC diagnostics, as well as human comfort, health, and safety. Hosted by HVAC measurement and building performance expert Bill Spohn, this show will take a deep dive into all things that relate to buildings and people in the built environment. This show is a production of TruTech Tools

    EP61 A unique approach to efficient urban housing with Brian Gaudio (July 2019)

    EP61 A unique approach to efficient urban housing with Brian Gaudio (July 2019)

    Brian is on a mission with this company, Module Housing.
    Their tag line says it all:
    Designed for people and planet powered by offsite construction.
    Connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/briangaudio/
    Or via his website: https://www.modulehousing.com/
     
    This episode was recorded in July 2019.

    • 30 min
    EP60: Inside Inficon with Bob Belvick (July 2020)

    EP60: Inside Inficon with Bob Belvick (July 2020)

    “Research is to see what everybody else has seen, 
    and to think what nobody else has thought.”
     
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi 





    I’m certain many of our listeners have had ideas for products of their own. 
     
    Trade practitioners are clever and innovative on the job and so, able to see new ways to “connect the dots” and solve a problem.
     
    How do you go from idea to successful product on the market?
     
    How long does it take to develop award winning products?



    Today we are joined by Bob Belvick, Product Manager for the HVACR Service Tools division of Inficon, a publicly traded, diversified industrial giant with HQ in Switzerland.
     
    Bob shares his background story and talks about INFICON's other industries and what makes them different from competitors.  
     
    Bob focuses in on refrigerant leak detectors, one of the specialties of Inficon dating back to the 1969 founding of the company by scientists and engineers from GE and Syracuse University.
     
    He takes us on a walkthrough of the product development process: eg. capturing customer needs, integrating technologies, analyzing the market, alpha and beta testing, working with his development team, to give us an overview of the complexities and time it takes to do it right – that is an Inficon characteristic!
     
    Among many other tidbits, Bob also shares with us how they arrived at the name INFICON.
     
    For more info on Inficon HVAC products go to: www.inficon.com/en/markets/air-conditioning
     
    You’ll also find Inifcon HVAC products at www.TruTechtools.com/Inficon
     
    This episode was recorded in July 2020.

    • 31 min
    EP59: How I built Halco with Hal Smith (Dec 2019)

    EP59: How I built Halco with Hal Smith (Dec 2019)

    “Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers.”
     
    Elizabeth Arden





    Fortune may come knocking, but sometimes the sound is very faint, almost imperceptible.
     
    When someone takes you under their wing, how do you know if that’s where you want to be?
     
    If the bug to start your own business bites, what do you do next? Where can you learn from others’ experience and insights?



    We’re pleased to welcome the very successful HVAC contractor Hal Smith to the podcast.
     
    Hal shares with us the story of how he started and grew Halco Energy. We learn the ups and downs of growing an HVAC, Plumbing, (and more) contracting business in a mostly rural area of NY State with just 1-2 competitors.
     
    Hal uses straightforward thinking and simple insights to create a business where the goal is to earn customers for life.
     
    We also hear where Hal gains new perspectives and insights including the way he “snacks on learning.” 
     
    Hal is a hands-on business operator who knows and communicates with his customers.



    Hal Smith is founder and owner of HALCO Energy in Phelps, NY servicing Rochester, Ithaca, Syracuse, The Finger Lakes and surrounding areas of upstate NY.
     
    For more info go to: www.HalcoEnergy.com



    This episode was recorded in December 2019.

    • 30 min
    EP58: Genry Garcia: An inspiring contractor's story (June 2021)

    EP58: Genry Garcia: An inspiring contractor's story (June 2021)

    “I can’t change the direction of the wind,
    but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
     
    Jimmy Dean



    Many of the people I meet in the industry have interesting stories.
    There are struggles and challenges in all their lives, our lives.
     
    What if a real police state was limiting your options in life?
     
    How would you direct your will? Your desire? Your drive to achieve?



    I met our guest today, Genry Garcia during the AHR Expo in Orlando in January 2020.
                                                                                                                                                 As I learned more about him, I found his story truly inspirational.
     
    Genry is thoughtful, honest, and avid self-learner. He’s also a successful business owner and devoted family man.
     
    While it now makes total sense, based on his approach to customers, I did not learn until lately that Genry has done degree work in psychology.



    Genry owns Comfort Dynamics, Inc. in Miami, FL.
     
    This episode was recorded in June 2021.
     
     

    • 29 min
    EP57: IAQ Devices & Technology Perspectives from the Isle of Man with Big Clive

    EP57: IAQ Devices & Technology Perspectives from the Isle of Man with Big Clive

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
     
    Arthur C. Clarke



    The topic of how to manage and improve indoor air quality comes up a lot lately.
     
    With all this interest come the offer of many “solutions” and devices.
     
    Wish you could learn the back story of and technology inside some of these devices?
     
    Ever wonder about the international perspectives on the topic of IAQ?



    The Building HVAC Science podcast is pleased to welcome our very first guest from another continent!
     
    Listen in as Clive Mitchell, better know as Big Clive, gives us his perspectives on a spectrum of IAQ improvement products from beneficial to downright dangerous.
     
    If you have not seen his YouTube Channel, you need to stop and look up BigCliveDotCom on YouTube. He’s published thousands of dissection-like, teardown videos on a wide range of electrical and electronic products over the last 13 years.
     
    Clive largely focuses on “cheap junk” teardowns and publishes a video every 2 days. Yet he also finds time to ponder such challenging societal questions like:
    “Does pineapple belong on pizza?”
    “What happens when you re-distill Jägermeister?”
     
    He calls it the trashiest electronics channel on YouTube. Based on feedback, the bulk of his over 800,0000 subscribers seem to agree.
     
    Big Clive lives on the Isle of Mann, a 221 sq. mile island with population of 83,000 located in the Irish Sea.



    This episode was recorded in May 2021.

    • 45 min
    EP 56 School IAQ and Astrophotography with Steve Pascuzzo from Testo (Jan 2021)

    EP 56 School IAQ and Astrophotography with Steve Pascuzzo from Testo (Jan 2021)

    “Astronomy’s much more fun when you’re not an astronomer.”
     
    Brian May



    COVID-19 has impacted the way people interact for many months.
    Especially the way people interact with each other in spaces outside their homes.
     
    What do the air quality scientists have to say about the management of indoor air?
     
    What kind of measurements are significant and important?
     
    Will this pandemic impact the way we do things in HVAC after it subsides?



    Steve Pascuzzo, manager of testo’s commercial division, joins us to discuss indoor air quality metrics, with a keen focus on managing the return to schools after COVID-19.
     
    Steve also shares with us his background, career path and his keen intertest in astrophotography and shares with us the 7 unusual features of Oumuamua - the first known interstellar object detected passing through our Solar System.
     
    Here is the link to the ASHRAE guideline for reopening schools and universities as mentioned in the podcast:
     
    https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/reopening-of-schools-and-universities
     
    To learn more about testo products visit: www.TruTechTools.com/testo
     
    This episode was recorded in January 2021.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

EnergyVanguard ,

Insightful

I’ve listened to several of Bill Spohn’s interviews with guests and am always impressed with the questions he asks. He provides great info. This show is a must listen for anyone interested in building science, especially residential.

inversion_z ,

Accessible yet highly interesting

As a professional in this field, I find this podcast to somehow very elegantly skirt the line between providing both accessibility and depth. It tends to be pretty single-family oriented, so sometimes I wish it ventured into multi family building more often, but I won’t dock any points for this given that this isn’t necessarily the podcast’s aim. Great resource to keep you relevant!

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