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We are all building something whether it’s a business, a skill, a house, a relationship, a family or a life. Casey Grey is a husband, father, entrepreneur and leader in the construction industry. Learn how to become a conscious builder through these informative interviews and personal sharings.

The Conscious Builder Show with Casey Grey The Conscious Builder Inc.

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We are all building something whether it’s a business, a skill, a house, a relationship, a family or a life. Casey Grey is a husband, father, entrepreneur and leader in the construction industry. Learn how to become a conscious builder through these informative interviews and personal sharings.

    #189 - Architect and Passive House Trainer Mariana Pickering - Taking Building Science Mainstream

    #189 - Architect and Passive House Trainer Mariana Pickering - Taking Building Science Mainstream

    Mariana Pickering Co-Founder of Emu, is a recovering architect and an expert in communicating the construction industry’s movement towards a better understanding of building science and sustainability.
    With over a decade of work on high-performance projects and products across three continents, she is passionate about translating data, results, and needs into stories that help shift the cultures and mentalities of building professionals towards change.
    In this episode we talk about the lack of building science knowledge on today's job sites and how we're changing that, EnerPHit and Passive House certification, how to sell Passive House to clients and some thermal mass misconceptions. 
    For More from Mariana: 
    https://www.facebook.com/emubuildingscience/ https://www.instagram.com/emubldgscience/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/emu-building-science/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6rESO0JKcd9JQ0W2QPOFsg  1:30 Introduction
    9:15 Building Science
    13:45 EnerPHit
    21:30 Passive House Certification
    27:30 Cost per square foot
    29:00 What is not Passive House
    34:30 Thermal Mass Misconceptions
     
     

    • 43 min
    #188 - Passive House Architect Laura Blau - Balancing Urgency with Hope and Action

    #188 - Passive House Architect Laura Blau - Balancing Urgency with Hope and Action

    Laura A. Blau, AIA, CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant 2009), CPHB (Certified Passive House Builder 2012), is a principal of BluPath Design, (a woman-owned award-winning architecture and  Passive House Consulting firm) and expert witness.
    Laura’s leadership includes being a founding member of the Green Building Jefferson University. In addition, she presents at international and regional conferences on sustainable design and construction. Her awards include the Groundbreaker Award 2019, PHIUS Merit Award 2019 both for the Italian Market Passive House, 2016 Sprout Competition for a 16-unit net-zero energy apt building design, 2010 Green Builder award for Best Life Cycle Addition, the 2007 IIDA Honorable Mention for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, 2006 Commonwealth Design Award for Sustainable Design. She formerly worked at MGA Partner on the award-winning Byrne Federal Courthouse lobby.
    Laura was an award-winning fine artist before receiving her MArch from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She co-authored Frazier Forman Peters: Westport’s Legacy in Stone, 2012, and the Passive House Rowhouse Manual, 2021 for Green Building United.
    In this episode we talk about why we need to act now when it comes to building better homes, how to prevent scope creep, and what we can do to change the industry.
    For more from Laura:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-blau-15688a10/ 
    https://passivehouseaccelerator.com/podcast/passive-house-podcast-ep-84-laura-blau-blupath-design 
    https://blupath.us/ 
    https://architizer.com/firms/blupath-design/
    https://www.allwecansave.earth/
     
    2:00 Introduction into sustainability 
    6:30 Laura Background
    9:50 Passive House
    13:00 What’s happening and how can we do better 
    22:30 Brussels example - originally poor energy policies
    25:50 Cost Phobia
    33:00 Goals and Values 
    40:30 All We Can Save
     
     
     

    • 44 min
    #187 - Journalist and Producer David Dodge - Clean Energy Revolution

    #187 - Journalist and Producer David Dodge - Clean Energy Revolution

    David Dodge is an environmental journalist and a photojournalist who has worked for newspapers, published magazines, produced radio, and was the production manager for a Canadian nature publisher. He produced more than 350 award-winning EcoFile radio programs on sustainability for the CKUA Radio network. 
    David has worked for not-for-profit organizations such as the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Pembina Institute. He served as a founding co-chair of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee and is also involved with Evansdale Community League in his neighbourhood where he’s led solar and energy efficiency projects. His community league gets all of its electricity from solar energy on a net annual basis.
    ​​Green Energy Futures https://greenenergyfutures.ca/ is a multi-media storytelling project that is documenting the clean energy revolution that’s already underway. It tells the stories of inspiring green energy pioneers who are moving forward in their homes, businesses, and communities
     
    For more on high performance building:
    https://consciousbuilderacademy.com
    For high performance house plans:
    https://www.theconsciousbuilder.com/pdsplans
     
     
    0:00 Casey Introduction
    2:21 David Dodge Intro
    8:20 Lithium Batteries
    10:50 Recycling Solar Panels 
    14:53 Solar Farmland put to good use
    22:46 Energiesprong  - Dutch Inspired   
    28:00 Transitioning from fossil fuels: 
    39:46 What can we do to help transition

    • 51 min
    #186 - Dick Clarke - Passive House and Sustainability Down Under

    #186 - Dick Clarke - Passive House and Sustainability Down Under

    In this episode we talk sustainability, Passive House Australia, closed loop economies and global green tag, a valuable resource for learning about the products we’re using on site. Dick challenges us to change our mindset on conventional demolition to have a significant positive impact on sustainability.
    Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with 45 years experience focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and he has received many Design Awards.
    He is Director of Sustainability and Past President of the NSW Chapter of the Building Designers Association of Australia. He is also a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA), and is on the Board of Renew (Alternative Technology Association).
    Dick sat on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body representing industries committed to a sustainable built environment.
    Links:
    https://www.globalgreentag.com/ https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2015/12/sustainable-development-goals-kick-off-with-start-of-new-year/ https://www.envirotecture.com.au/sustainability-consultants/  ​​https://good-design.org/projects/sdg-align-tools-for-sustainable-development/   
    2:45 intro Dick Clarke
    7:58 what is sustainable
    10:26 generational sustainability 
    13:35 solar panels question casey
    15:25 fossil fools 
    15:42 global green tag  - database with tracing, silver, golden status, very good resource
    17:36 culturally appropriate buildings 1) natural and 2) cultural 
    23:00 passive house criteria in Australia, interest growing in Australia
    27:00 Australia winter: glorified tents 
    28:00 casey quote  - canadians are the weird ones metric/imperial 
    34:50 closed loop economy - plastic kids toys are the worst, products that don’t end up in a landfill  
    36:00 aluminum  - ex. When demolishing - deconstruction, concrete aggregate 
    38:00 landfills australia 
    39:00 perception sustainability moving forward, reality shows, industry education, consumer education 

    • 49 min
    #185 - Changing Financial Transactions in the Construction Industry with Matthew Smith from Mazumago

    #185 - Changing Financial Transactions in the Construction Industry with Matthew Smith from Mazumago

    MazumaGo began as a payment service for small businesses, but speaking with business owners in the construction industry made Matthew Smith and his Co-Founder realize which industry needed it the most!
    Regardless of size, most construction businesses were still using checks to send and receive payments, resulting in long payment delays and cash flow issues along the construction supply chain.
    Their team kept asking, “Why is it so hard for contractors to send large payments online?” and decided to focus exclusively on digitizing construction payments. It is their mission to enable all construction companies to move money instantly and freely, without the barriers of traditional banking.
     
    Plans - Passive Design Solutions - The Conscious Builder
    The Conscious Builder Promo (mazumago.com)
     
    2:40 Background - software engineer 
    3:30 Why are we still using cheques? 
    3:55 System built in the 70’s
    8:12 How does Mazumago work 
    12:00 Surcharges 
    20:58 Operations costs

    • 32 min
    #184 - Food Forest Abundance with CEO Jim Gale

    #184 - Food Forest Abundance with CEO Jim Gale

    At age 19, Jim Gale first learned about the power of writing his goals. From the practice of inspired visioning, he became a 4-time All American and National Champion wrestler. After college, he moved to Hawaii, backpacked through 37 countries, lived with the Maasai, explored cultures, and searched for his next inspired vision. He wrote his goals again at age 29, which included being retired in 3 years. Jim went on to create a mortgage company that reached $1.3B in sales in 3 years, leading him to early retirement and the achievement of another life goal. He bought a boat, lived on the ocean for a year, and then moved to Costa Rica to build eco-villages where he discovered permaculture. It changed his life and he realized he needed to bring it to every household in the world. The idea whose time has come became Food Forest Abundance. Jim speaks about sovereignty, entrepreneurship, mindset, and freedom.
     
     
    1:54 inspired vision (goal setting) - enjoying the process 
     
    4:55 mindset (belief) psychology of winning  
     
    8:45 3 million in 3 years, starting a mortgage company 
     
    11:40 Costa Rica 
     
    18:35 Food Forest Abundance 
     
    31:00 Healing Nature -  we only have a couple of generations of soil left 
     
    34:00 How Permaculture works
     
     
    For more from Jim: https://foodforestabundance.com
    @foodforestabundance on all major social media accounts!
    For MazumaGO promo: https://www.mazumago.com/tcb

    Conscious Builder Academy: https://www.consciousbuilderacademy.com
     

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Mxsandy12 ,

Great home building pod!

So helpful and great!

Mariann!! ,

Amazing!

Nice show! I fell so motivated.

Constanza from NY ,

Super informative

Fantastic information on current important building trends providing in a very easy to understand format. I appreciate all the financial and building details. Really helps under the process of building.

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