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If you're a human being and you live indoors, this podcast is more relevant to your life than you probably ever knew. Exploring the ways building science helps humans thrive in the built environment.

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If you're a human being and you live indoors, this podcast is more relevant to your life than you probably ever knew. Exploring the ways building science helps humans thrive in the built environment.

    "Faster Horses" & The Future Of HVAC

    "Faster Horses" & The Future Of HVAC

    "Some people say give the customers what they want, but that's not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they're going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, 'If I'd ask customers what they wanted, they would've told me a faster horse.' People don't know what they want until you show it to them. That's why I never rely on market research. Our task is to read things that are not yet on the page." - Steve Jobs

    When Ken Gehring began his career servicing dairy equipment, who would have guessed that he would go on to pioneer some of the most important equipment to hit the HVAC market? But that’s exactly what he did, leading the charge in the development and creation of the Therma-stor product lines, which include the Santa Fe and Ultra-Aire dehumidifiers that you’ve heard us talk about many times. Join Kristof as he and Ken explore a range of topics on human health, indoor air quality, dehumidification, ventilation, building envelope leakage, and more. Just FYI, we curse a little on this episode so if you’re around sensitive ears, be sure to stick some ear plugs in them.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Through The Looking Glass Of High Performance Windows

    Through The Looking Glass Of High Performance Windows

    What do we actually know and have available to us in the United States market when it comes to high performance windows? The answers may surprise you. Join Kristof as he interviews Sam McAfee of Zola Windows in a wide ranging conversation of window performance, market dynamics, and the future of high performance windows.

    • 59 min
    Ventilation & Virus Transmission (And Other Topics Too)

    Ventilation & Virus Transmission (And Other Topics Too)

    How well do we understand the behavior of the novel coronavirus in our homes? What can we do to make our homes healthier? What is a CERV? Join Kristof as he interviews Ty Newell to find out!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Westford Summer Camp Blues

    The Westford Summer Camp Blues

    For the first time in its 24 year history, the Westford Symposium on Building Science was forced to take a hiatus by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (it would have began as of the release of this episode). If you’ve never heard of this conference, you’ve been missing out. It’s one of the most incredible hubs of building science knowledge exchange and community building in North America. Obviously, we were sad about missing it so we decided to ask the founders and hosts of the conference for an interview. Join us as Kristof interviews Joe Lstiburek and Betsy Petit about the history, meaning, and impact of “Building Science Summer Camp.”

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Obsessed With Humidity

    Obsessed With Humidity

    Kristof interviews Pamela Cabrera about the expansion of humid climate zones in the future and the development of passive, membrane-based dehumidification.

    • 1 hr
    Constructal Law Meets Building Science - Flow Systems Are Everywhere

    Constructal Law Meets Building Science - Flow Systems Are Everywhere

    In a very entertaining and fascinating departure from our usual discussion of building science, we dive deeply into the concepts underlying Contstructal Law with its discoverer, Professor Adrian Bejan of Duke University.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Bmcerlai ,

Very informative

I am not a building building, but listening to this podcast makes me want to be. Well done!

pro-market ,

Great information, unlistenable presentation

This podcast covers valuable information for people who want to build a better home. Unfortunately the audio quality is unlistenable unless you have an ASMR fetish. If you enjoy listening to the sounds like lip smacking, drinking, opening of drinks, opening and closing of doors, etc. along with terrible sound effects as transitions, this is the podcast for you. I hope the audio quality improves because the information is great.

Sculpytoons ,

Great Show

This will give you an appreciation for indoor air quality, among other things, in a scientific kind of way.
Beware: if you do not currently have fresh air ventilation (e.g. HRV/ERV) in your home this podcast will ensure that you wish you did.

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