130 episodes

THE GOOD news: our homebuilding industry is jam-packed with new materials, new techniques, and 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 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 regularly doing what we strive to do. We walk the walk – then talk about the walk. We have worked together long enough to build on each other’s expertise and not take ourselves too 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 work in the field, pushing each other to practice what we preach. Our accuracy comes out of triangulation: building, design, and performance.UTILITY: We guarantee that each podcast episode will move you from all ears to all action. Our information is born from our work. We pride ourselves on delivering information you can use the same day you listen to an episode. CAMARADERIE: We work together because we love homebuilding, hitting the airwaves, and humor. We are not doing our job if you are not enjoying learning with us during each episode.

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    • Science
    • 4.8 • 210 Ratings

THE GOOD news: our homebuilding industry is jam-packed with new materials, new techniques, and 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 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 regularly doing what we strive to do. We walk the walk – then talk about the walk. We have worked together long enough to build on each other’s expertise and not take ourselves too 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 work in the field, pushing each other to practice what we preach. Our accuracy comes out of triangulation: building, design, and performance.UTILITY: We guarantee that each podcast episode will move you from all ears to all action. Our information is born from our work. We pride ourselves on delivering information you can use the same day you listen to an episode. CAMARADERIE: We work together because we love homebuilding, hitting the airwaves, and humor. We are not doing our job if you are not enjoying learning with us during each episode.

    110 - Deciding Insulation Levels & Structural Implications of Floor Sheathing Fastener Type & Schedule

    110 - Deciding Insulation Levels & Structural Implications of Floor Sheathing Fastener Type & Schedule

    Great questions from our listeners! How do you determine the best insulation levels by climate (with the best being the greatest value)?Does adding screws (at some point during construction) make sense when using Advantech floor sheathing, adhesive, and ring shank nails?Pete's Resource(s): BSI-081: "Zeroing In" - https://www.buildinggreen.com/blog/capture-green-value-over-time-not-short-term-payback-analysisPete BuildingGreen blog: "Capture Green Value Over Time, Not with Short-Term...

    • 26 min
    109 - Clients - Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em...

    109 - Clients - Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em...

    Client involvement is critical in any building project, but this can be a double-edged sword. We need our clients engaged and to manage their expectations, particularly given how much information/stuff is available online. The boys each give their perspective on the importance and the corralling required for client involvement. Pete's Resource(s):- Custom Builder May 2006 - "Guiding Customer Expectations" - https://www.custombuilderonline.com/guiding-customer-expectations

    • 40 min
    108 - Basements as Living Conditioned Space

    108 - Basements as Living Conditioned Space

    How do you transform below-grade full foundations (also variously called pits, cellars, or basements and historically meant to be or tolerated as damp and cool and dark) into true living-conditioned spaces? We say add four continuous control layers, access to daylight and egress, thermal comfort, and good acoustics—make it a place to thrive as well as live (and even escape).Pete's Resource(s):1. Steven Baczek YouTube: "Dirty Basement" vs Clean Basement....How to Plan for it - https://www.yout...

    • 33 min
    107 - Steve's Mantras: Go Slow to Go Fast & Identify Problems BEFORE Moving to Solutions

    107 - Steve's Mantras: Go Slow to Go Fast & Identify Problems BEFORE Moving to Solutions

    It's funny that Steve, a very nuts-n-bolts guy, hosts this largely philosophical episode. But all three of us agree:Separate symptoms from causes—It's easy to get distracted or engrossed in symptoms, but the causes lead to solutions.Solutions come much easier if you first identify the problem(s).Step back to move forward. It's always tempting to jump on the "obvious" solution, but it pays to understand completely before offering solutions.This episode's strength is how each of us—architect, b...

    • 31 min
    106 - WTF: Off-Site Building & Owner-GC?

    106 - WTF: Off-Site Building & Owner-GC?

    Who would have thought that our buddy Steve would be more than OK with both off-site building and the homeowner acting as their own General Contractor? But combining Superior Walls for the foundation with Harvest Homes for all of the framing means the GC homeowner is dealing with far fewer trade contractors. Steve, Jake, and Pete walk through the advantages and challenges of offsite building.Pete's Resource(s):1. Offsite framing company Harvest Homes: https://www.harvesthomes.com2. BUILD Show...

    • 33 min
    105 - Q&A: 2024 #4 - Ventilation Systems & Liquid Sealants

    105 - Q&A: 2024 #4 - Ventilation Systems & Liquid Sealants

    1. What about whole-house ventilation systems (balanced, exhaust only, supply only) and their impact on pressure balance in homes? And do ERVs/HRVs accommodate pressure imbalances created by things like exhaust fans, stack effect, etc.?2. Per Steve: to butyl or not to butyl...For areas such as door sills, use butyl sealant or maybe acoustical sealant? We know how fond Steve is of Tremco acoustical sealant (a single-component, non-skinning non-hardening synthetic rubber sealant) so this topic ...

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

rod scarington ,

Gotta have it

Love the banter and the knowledge gained is astounding!!

NVR/DV8 ,

Quick witted and informative!

I love listening to the guys! They have resparked my insatiable appetite for building science. Back in 2008... I know Jake was still a youngin :) - haha!, some articles in a Fine Homebuilding magazine (Energy Smart Homes) spoke to building science that immediately sparked my desire to studying it more. Fast forward to 2024, the recession hit real estate, then eventually Covid, and for the past couple of years I have listened to these guys as if they were writing the articles "live" in the magazine I still have today. These guys are amazing, their passion for passing on the knowledge is very evident in each podcast!

WillBNice ,

Declining quality

This podcast started off really well it was very informative and provided great content. It was instructional mixed with explanatory and covered a wide variety of important topics related to building science. Now with the hosts recent rise to online popularity and seemingly successful businesses it seems as though they are getting “Caulky” pun intended. One host is very immature and one of the other hosts is a “know it all” while both being condescending. The third host just contributes stupid jokes. It has become a waste of time to listen to for those of us looking to increase our knowledge to use out there in the real world.

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