95 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

    EP95 Did the COVID pandemic teach us anything new about IAQ With Bill Bahnfleth (Sept 2022)

    EP95 Did the COVID pandemic teach us anything new about IAQ With Bill Bahnfleth (Sept 2022)

    “Making building IAQ better is a long-term process.”
     
    “We had all the answers before the COVID-19 pandemic, we just didn’t implement them.”
     
    Bill Bahnfleth has a long and distinguished career as a professor of architectural engineering at Penn State University, a consulting and for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
     
    In early 2020, ASHRAE tapped him to become the chair of a rare emergency task force to address managing IAQ in buildings considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    We will hear from Bill as he discusses how one puts together and manages a 120-person task force in such a short period of time.
     
    Bill also discusses several of the myths that needed to be busted along the way.
     
    He also shares with us his passion for music and the parallels his mastery of music has with his mastery of engineering: the fundamentals applied creatively, the art and the craft.
     
    Some of the resources mentioned include:
    ASHRAE Guides for COVID-19:
    https://ashrae.org/technical-resources/resources
     
    The ASHRAE design guides:
    https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/bookstore/ashrae-design-guides
     
    ASHRAE 62.1
    https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/bookstore/standards-62-1-62-2



    EPA Guides to IAQ:
    https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/publications-about-indoor-air-quality



    This episode was recorded in September 2022.

    • 36 min
    EP94 Diving for the details in Climate Zone 2 with Bill Robinson (Sept 2022)

    EP94 Diving for the details in Climate Zone 2 with Bill Robinson (Sept 2022)

    Previously a commercial diver working offshore on all work below the water line Bill now works a lot around the dew point.
     
    Bill’s roots are in residential construction, yet when he returned to that field he  
    realized he lacked sufficient training he became a sponge for knowledge.
     
    He’s spent many hours working at the LSU AgCenter work on rebuilding initiatives after Hurricane Katrina. 
     
    In this episode he describes the LA House and the challenges to building in the hot humid climate he lives in. 
     
    Check out Bill’s website at: www.Train2Build.com
    And follow him on social media via:
    Instagram — Bandanna Bill
    Instagram — 504 Historic Windows
    Facebook — Train2Build
    YouTube — Train2Build
    For more info on the LA House:
    https://lsuagcenter.com/topics/family_home/home/lahouse
     
    “A science-based showcase of solutions to shape your future with resilient, healthy and efficient homes.”




    This episode was recorded in September 2022.

    • 38 min
    EP93 Motivated & Tactical with Ben Poole (Aug 2022)

    EP93 Motivated & Tactical with Ben Poole (Aug 2022)

    In this episode with Ben Poole, a 3rd generation HVAC contractor and founder of HVAC Tactical, we hear a lot about motivation and mindset.
     
    “It’s you who decides who you want to be.”
     
    Ben runs Trusted Heating and Cooling in Austin, TX, yet found time to start the HVAC Tactical Apparel brand as he was searching for a new challenge. 
     
    You can easily hear from Ben how he practices what he preaches, lays out a plan, and acts on it never letting self-doubt creep in.
     
    And in 2020 he doubled down and created the first “Emmy-type” awards for amazing craftsmanship called the HVAC Tactical Awards.
     
    The HVAC Tactical Awards Show follows the AHR Expo and will be held for the third time on February 5th, 2023 in Atlanta, GA.

    250+ people are expected to attend this black-tie event which will include most of the HVAC influencers across all social media platforms.
     
    The event will also be livestreamed, as it was in 2022. 
     
    You can reserve tickets or nominate someone for the award at this link:
    www.hvactactical.com/hvac-tactical-award/ 



    Learn more Ben’s amazing apparel brand at www.hvactactical.com/





    This episode was recorded in August 2022.

    • 34 min
    EP92 The Future of Energy Ratings is here with Brett Dillon (Aug 2022)

    EP92 The Future of Energy Ratings is here with Brett Dillon (Aug 2022)

    The best way to describe Brett Dillon, it the quote his LinkedIn profile:
     
    “I am an entrepreneur. 

    Intensely curious, I transform industries because I see connections that others don't, relentlessly pursue better ways of doing things, and then use my influence to effect the desired change.

    My action-oriented background and experience provides understanding in a broad range of subjects, and deep understanding in residential construction and building science.

    An international award-winning former homebuilder, pro-wrestler, security consultant, and surveillance operative, I lead our team to provide unique and elegant solutions.”
     
    In the podcast Brett describes how he is weaving together existing advanced methods for energy rating using a different approach.
     
    Listen in as this intellectual ferret describes how is company aims to “help clients build better businesses that build better lives.”



    Learn more about the Building Science Institute:
    https://buildingscienceinstitute.org/



    You can also connect with Brett on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettdillon01/





    This episode was recorded in August 2022.

    • 39 min
    EP91 Using sensors, data and technology for better IAQ with Ray Wu of WYND (Aug 2022)

    EP91 Using sensors, data and technology for better IAQ with Ray Wu of WYND (Aug 2022)

    Ray Wu, founder of WYND joins us to stress the importance of an optimal air quality by utilizing modern, innovative technology.
     
    But not just technology alone, Wynd uses the subsequent data to inform IAQ decisions, allowing consumers and building managers across industries to realize a healthier, cleaner tomorrow.
     
    Ray backs up these claims with case studies, in particular one run in a Las Vegas hotel.
     
    Wynd also makes their own UV laser particle sensors which yield enhanced capaiulites that Ray describes.
     
    Check out the Wynd products at the link and article below.
     
    https://hellowynd.com/pages/shop-for-business



    https://commercialobserver.com/2022/07/wynd-technologies-sentry/
     
    You can also connect with Ray on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymondwu8/






    This episode was recorded in August 2022.

    • 32 min
    EP90 What is the demand for High Performance Contracting Services with Peter Troast (Aug 2022)

    EP90 What is the demand for High Performance Contracting Services with Peter Troast (Aug 2022)

    Better Marketing for Better Building Companies- Creating Leads, Lifting Conversions Driving Growth.
     
    That’s the motto of the Energy Circle, the brainchild of our guest today, Peter Troast, a rare marketer who’s taken technical training in building science, a central topic amongst most of his clients. He’s also upgraded his office space for better IAQ and he monitors it.
     
    The Energy Circle has been in business for 12 years, and I have known Peter for nearly that whole time. 
     
    We even started a “Mastermind Group” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastermind_group) several years ago with 2 other business owners in this market. 
     
    We chose TUG as the unglamorous name of our group - The Unnamed Group - as our purpose was simply to connect, yet encourage and pull each other a long
     
    Simple, yet effective helpful connections are what drives Peter’s company: I think of his 25 person team as data driven, expert communicators who are focused on service contractors in HVAC, home performance, solar and insulation – all key trades in the built environment.
     
    If these topics interest you in the least, please take a few minutes and read a few posts from the EC blog or watch a free live or recorded EC webinar. You will walk away informed, if not inspired.
     
    Peter is smart, kind, loyal and very hard worker – plus his knows his shit.




    Peter’s email:
    peter@energycircle.com
     
    His company website:
    www.energycircle.com





    This episode was recorded in August 2022.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 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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Everyone

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