THE GOOD news: our homebuilding industry is jam-packed with new materials, new techniques, new systems, and it’s so easy to get information online, in an instant. THE BAD news: How do we know what we can trust; what will work and under what conditions? Where do we turn to separate out the spin-and-hype from the true-and-square? We’ve got you covered! The UnBuild It Podcast is an industry leading opportunity to get good information. UnBuild It podcast is a three member team – Peter Yost; Building Scientist, Jake Bruton; Builder and Remodeler, and Steven Baczek; Architect. We are nationally recognized industry leaders: Jake as a homebuilder; Steve as an architect, and Peter as a building scientist. You can find us at leading homebuilding industry events, in top-notch publications, and online media outlets.We believe that solid industry-related information has four key ingredients;RELEVANCE: You need insight on your job site. Jake, Steve, and Peter are in the field on a regular basis doing what we all strive to do. We walk thewalk – then talk about the walk. The three of us have been working togetherlong enough to build on each other’s expertise, but also not take ourselvestoo seriously. We are among the best at taking what may seem like complicated concepts, breaking them down, and turning them into job site ready breakthroughs.ACCURACY: Jake is often quoted as saying “Trust but Validate.” We don’t ask you to be the bleeding, leading edge; we develop trusted solutions based on our own work in the field, pushing each other to practice what we preach. Our accuracy comes out of triangulation: building, design, performance.UTILITY: We guarantee that each podcast episode will have you moving from all ears to all action. Our information is born from our own work. We pride ourselves on delivering information you can use the same day you make it through an episode. CAMARADERIE: We work together because we love homebuilding, hitting the airwaves, and humor. If you are not having fun learning with us during eachepisode, we are not doing our job.
74 - New Q&A!
Three great questions UBIP-answered: proper insulation of slab-one-grade perimeter and the entire slab; managing moisture at the ridge in unvented roof assemblies; proper detailing of the bottom edge of wall sheathing where it meets the concrete foundation system. Since these three are a bit hard to cover--even for the UBIP boys--with just words, good time to check out Pete's Resources below.
1. Steve's details slab insulation details
- push the slab out: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/steven-baczek-on-instagram-a-number-of-requests-from-last-weeks-video-asking-for-the-detail-of-the-floor-used-in-the-amarillo--278660295684861452/
- no slab: https://buildshownetwork.com/contents/steve_no_concrete_slab?page=34
2. unvented roof assembly moisture management - see section R806.5 in the latest codes and this Building Science info:
3. Huber wall details - https://www.huberwood.com/uploads/documents/technical/documents/Installation-Manual-ZIP-System-Sheathing-Wall-and-Roof_2021-07-12-210658_tuck.pdf
Builder Round Table 4 - Finance
In this week’s UBIP, Jake Bruton is joined by a small group of builders to discuss finance. Follow along as Jackson Andrews, Luke Mann, and Shane Durkin talk about the ins and outs of finance in building.
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73 - Making a Mountain out of a Mold Hill
Jake and Pete host retired building scientist/mold expert/pulmonary physician, Nathan Yost. Yes, the older and wiser older brother to Pete. Jake and Pete take full advantage of Steve's absence to get the strongest and most focused discussion with Nathan. Long story short: Nathan connects the building science, the biology, and the medical perspective on mold and its management.
Nathan authored or co-authored some great mold info resources while at BSC in the early 2000s these four are still spot-on today. https://www.buildingscience.com/users/nathan-yost
Good resource on mycotoxins: https://autoimmunewellness.com/mold-and-mycotoxin-illness-should-i-be-concerned/
Builder Round Table 3 - Contracts
In this week’s UBIP, Jake Bruton is joined by a small group of builders to discuss contracts. Follow along as Jackson Andrews, Luke Mann, and Shane Durkin talk about the ins and outs of contracts.
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72 - Aging in Place - Designing for all of us, start to finish...
At the heart of this issue is the new acronym, TFF--Temporarily Fully Functional. That would be everyone because no one gets around the loss of function as we age. It's not a question of if but when. How well should our homes support the loss of function? Maybe high-performance homes that are just as "UD-ready" as they are "PV-ready" (UD for Universal Design/PV for Photo-Voltaic)? Jake closes out with a pretty cool UD-tip/technique he recently coined.
1. Visitability Housing: Basic Access that is Practical and Cost Effective - https://www.flhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Visitability_Housing.pdf
2. Homes for Everyone: Universal Design Principles - https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/destech/unidesig.html
3. Residential Remodeling and Universal Design - https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/destech/resid.html
Builder Round Table 2 - Pre-Con
In this week’s UBIP Jake Bruton is joined by a small group of builders to discuss Preconstruction Contracts and getting paid for project planning. Follow along as Jackson Andrews, Luke Mann, and Shane Durkin debate the differing ways that each of their firms operates during preconstruction.
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Easy to understand Building Science
Building Science explained in a way everyone can understand. Great podcast for everyone involved in any phase of a building project.
Great content - room for improvement
9/10 times it’s a great conversation. Plenty of industry knowledge. Ask great questions of their guests. Learning something new every time I listen. In terms of a top-notch podcast (and I don’t know if that’s their goal), they still fall short in the production from time to time; mouth breathing, distant mic syndrome, and distracting humor. For someone who doesn’t know the subject matter, when they interject with a bad dad joke - it’s hard to keep the mental model I’m trying to create. They do a fantastic job of describing a building science method or plan detail- and then lose the listener with a dog of a joke. Maybe the dad jokes are part of the pod. If so, then, ok. I’ll still listen. Rather than lose the jokes, they should work on getting better at them. If the guys took a comedy class and worked on their timing and joke choice and ironed out some production kinks (it’s probably much easier said than done, there’s a reason sound engineers are paid well) this show would easily be in my top three. All in all- good stuff. Good mission.
Building nerds trying to help the cool people.