31 episodes

Two residential architects talk about building science, design, cost, cocktails, and music.

GreenBuildingAdvisor.com's Green Architects' Lounge Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan

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    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Two residential architects talk about building science, design, cost, cocktails, and music.

    Green Architects' Lounge - How to Choose the Right Mechanical System

    Green Architects' Lounge - How to Choose the Right Mechanical System

    With any house, there are so many variables that influence the decision to choose one particular mechanical system over another; climate, home size, cost, local availability and cost of fuels and materials, and the life style and preferences of the occupants. There is no "one-size-fits-all" system that one can reliably prescribe to all projects. So Chris and Phil sat down over a good winter cocktail to share their views, anecdotes, battle scars, and wisdom on this important subject.

    • 48 min
    Green Architects' Lounge - Solar PV - Part 2

    Green Architects' Lounge - Solar PV - Part 2

    Enter the Dollar! Now it's time to start figuring out just how much these solar sytems will cost. Moreover, we'll find out how to calculate your return on your investment. Then Phil takes us out with a great song called Earl Jean by Beachwood Sparks. Enjoy.

    • 24 min
    Green Architects' Lounge - Solar PV - Part 1

    Green Architects' Lounge - Solar PV - Part 1

    The thing about photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. solar (or PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) is that in order to understand if it is appropriate for the project you're working on, you really have to understand the metrics and basics of solar systems. Chris and Phil sat down, turned on the mic, and did their best to convey the basic concepts and rules of thumb that most green professionals should know. This will of course be laying the ground work for part two, where we cover the financial implications of solar PV.

    • 31 min
    Green Architects' Lounge - Guest Allison Bailes

    Green Architects' Lounge - Guest Allison Bailes

    Chris and Phil have a nice chat with energy auditing guru, Allison Bailes, As a Green Building Advisor and the man behind the Energy Vanguard, Allison knows his stuff. Together they discuss the new Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. 3, integrating mechanical design into a residential project, FROGS, and naked people. So grab a cup of joe (or make a Moscow Mule if you're off-duty) and enjoy.

    • 45 min
    Green Architects' Lounge - Guest John Straube

    Green Architects' Lounge - Guest John Straube

    The Lounge welcomes John Straube for a drink and chat about the latest news in Building Science. The drink ends up being of the caffeinated variety (due to the early temporal placement of the recording within the day) and the conversation covers many topics such as his new book and what commercial buildings should strive for, where green building and building science overlap, and why architects are so awesome. Join us.

    • 54 min
    Green Architects' Lounge - Guest James Howard Kunstler

    Green Architects' Lounge - Guest James Howard Kunstler

    Some see the glass as half full, others see it as half empty. Jim tells you what the %$#@! is in the glass, how it got there, and what SHOULD be in the glass instead. Join Chris and Phil as they interview author, and social commentator, James Howard Kunstler. Jim delivers his commentary on the built environment in a refreshing, unique, and blunt manner. Cheers.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

ABav8tor ,

Interesting, Entertaining, thoughtfully done

I had been listening to the podcast for a while before it took a sabbatical. I’ve resumed listening to it recently and am glad I found it again. The podcasts are interesting, entertaining (cocktails, music, some humor) and always have interesting topics spoken of by people who actually perform the craft.

I appreciate their efforts and thank them.

HighBall71 ,

Five Stars

I stumbled onto this show in 2011 and it changed my life. I'll be eternally grateful. An excellent primer to Green Building and Building Science.

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