60 episodes

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.

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    • Science
    • 4.8 • 146 Ratings

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.

    57 - Indoor Air Quality: Taking control of moisture, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and radon

    57 - Indoor Air Quality: Taking control of moisture, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and radon

    Funny that we want to both make indoor spaces separate from the nasty outside but also connect to the outdoors when it's peachy. Jake kicks it off admirably by linking air quality to CONTROL (surprise, surprise). This podcast will be one in a bit of a mini-series on the broader topic of Indoor Environmental Quality (including things like thermal comfort and acoustics) and the connected topic of ventilation and its IAQ role.
    IQAir - https://www.iqair.com/us/ (good air quality monitor for homes)
    Pete's resource: https://www.buildingscience.com/document-search (click on the box for indoor air quality)

    • 30 min
    56 - Selecting Your Clients Instead of Clients Selecting You

    56 - Selecting Your Clients Instead of Clients Selecting You

    The Business Challenge - Life is too short to work for every client that comes through your door. Work hard to inform them of how you are different as a high performance building professional--including that you charge more because you are worth more--and then let the chips fall where they may. Because our project relationships are on the long side--anywhere from 3 months to many years--it's important to spend as much time vetting as attracting our clients.

    • 34 min
    55 - Q&A "Take Two"

    55 - Q&A "Take Two"

    Take Two because we only got to two questions on this podcast: What good are industry labeling programs, like Pretty Good House? And how do you identify high performance building professionals? They are kinda related. You don't want to miss Steve's rant on the 1st question, Jake's cut on the 2nd, and Pete's info resource to wrap up. 
    Learn more: 
    PrettyGoodHouse.org
    Peter's Blog 
    Peter's Questionnaire

    • 30 min
    54 - Innovation: It's a discipline, not the end product

    54 - Innovation: It's a discipline, not the end product

    Steve takes the lead on this podcast and ties innovation to one of his favorite clients. Here are the UBIP Big 3 Innovations: from Jake--Huber's ZIP-R; from Pete--AEROBARRIER; and from Steve--wait for it....Instagram. Bet you did not see that one coming. Steve wraps up this podcast with a listener request: tell us YOUR favorite building industry innovation so we can come back to this cool topic in the future!

    • 34 min
    53 - The UBIP Window into Doors

    53 - The UBIP Window into Doors

    Doors--tougher than windows, in terms of what we ask of them and proper installation. The boys talk about everything from deciding on swing/slide/pivot to thermal performance to triple-point hardware. And Steve gets pretty riled up, providing all of us a "door" into his thinking as an architect...

    • 32 min
    52 - UBIP Book Club

    52 - UBIP Book Club

    Favorites from the philosophy of building to historical graphic details--here you go!
    Jake: 
    Fine Homebuilding, Journal of Light ConstructionA Year in Provence (Mayle), The "Code" bookThe World in a Grain (Beiser)
    Steve: 
    the FIRST Architectural Graphic Standards (1932)The Most Beautiful House in the World (Rybczynski)Home - the History of Domesticity [we couldn't actually find this one]The Tipping Point (Gladwell)
    Pete:
    Designing the Exterior Wall (Brock)Water in Buildings (Rose)Never Home Alone (Dunn)

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

8676325 ,

Fantastic show for anyone interested in building better homes

The show is great if you’re trying to learn how to build better houses. The guys discuss topics from three different perspectives, providing a well rounded response to all concerns related to building high performance homes.

satirist76 ,

Fantastic Nerdy Building Science Fun

Guys, I discovered your podcast last week and I'm studying every episode. I’m just an average homeowner, learning as much as I can and daydreaming about a whole-house renovation with intent toward passives house standards.

Today I just want you to know that I appreciate the improvements in audio quality. I started Ep. 18, and listening to all the Dad Jokes and riffing, it sounds like everyone now has a decent mic and you’re talking into it. So much more enjoyable to listen when I don’t have to strain to hear.

Keep up the great work and fantastic content!

Lew in Chicago ,

Better

While listening to Tribute to BSC I was looking at diagrams from BSC.com learning about Res Spray Foam assemblies.

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