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26 minutes | 15 days ago
Post-COVID Housing Boom Creates Supply Chain Challenges for Homebuilders
In this episode, Tim O'Brien delves into the history of the housing industry supply chain and discusses the challenges it has faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including labor force shortages and manufacturing halts. Tim highlights the importance of creating positive builder-supplier relationships in order to mitigate disruptions in the building process and tells homebuyers what to expect when building a new home in the current market conditions.
21 minutes | a month ago
Choosing The Right Homebuilder
In this episode, Tim O'Brien talks through some things to think about as you start your new home search. Tim discusses the importance of asking your builder the right questions when choosing to build or buy a new construction home and highlights the benefits of choosing a High Performance homebuilder backed by a proven process and established industry certifications.For more resources on this topic and to download our guide to choosing the right homebuilder, visit info.timobrienhomes.com/live-in-better
33 minutes | a month ago
What is a HERS Score and Why Should I Care?
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by the Program Director of RESNET, Ryan Meres, to discuss the meaning of The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, and why new home buyers should better understand how and why this Index is calculated. Ryan Meres has 15 years of experience in energy and water efficiency, energy policy and building energy codes and has worked at the Federal, state, and local level. As the Program Director for the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), Ryan currently leads numerous programs, including implementation of RESNET’s HERSH2O whole-house water efficiency rating; as well as initiatives to get energy and water efficiency valued in the real estate transaction process. Ryan got started in the energy efficiency industry as an EarthCraft House Technical Advisor, working with builders in the Atlanta metro area to make their homes more energy efficient. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design and lives in upstate New York with his wife and their three children. Tim O’Brien Homes is proud to have been a part of the RESNET program and truly believe in what the program stands for. In fact, we’re a part of your EnergySmart Builder Program, which requires us to guarantee that every single home we build is a HERS rated. We’ve had every home we’ve ever built go through the HERS program since Tim O’Brien Homes was founded in 2007. For more information about RESNET:www.resnet.us/For more information about the HERS Index:www.hersindex.com/hers-index/what-is-the-hers-index/
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Designing Products for the Future of Water Conservation with Kohler Co.
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by Senior Environmental Project Engineer at Kohler, Olivia Fritz, to discuss ways in which Kohler's focus on water conservation and environmental design can contribute to the homebuilding industry's push toward sustainability.For more information about Kohler's commitment to sustainability and Design For Environment program, visit www.kohlercompany.com/sustainability/
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Frequently Asked Questions When Buying A Home
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by our Director of Sales and his long-time colleague and friend, Pete Lange. Pete began his career in the homebuilding industry in 1990 and continued until 2009, serving in roles ranging from Customer Service Manager to Production Manager to Vice President of Sales. He then followed his passion for teaching and music, teaching Band and Choir from 2009 to 2017. Pete Re-entered homebuilding and joining Tim O’Brien Homes in 2016 and continues teaching Sales, Customer Service, and Construction.During the interview, Pete shares his insights on frequently asked questions by homebuyers looking to build or buy new construction. Tim and Pete discuss the benefits of buying new, the financing process, and much more!
35 minutes | 3 months ago
The Tim O'Brien Homes Warranty Process
In this episode, Tim O'Brien discusses each phase of the Tim O'Brien Homes Warranty Process from the Pre-Move-In Orientation and beyond. Tim details some of our standard and manufacturer warranties and highlights ways in which our Customer Care team strives to educate homeowners on how to care for their home to ensure lasting value.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
A Catalyst for Innovation: The US D.O.E. Zero Energy Ready Home Program
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by Marketing and Research Analyst at Newport Partners, Sam Bowles, to discuss the U.S. D.O.E. Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. This program recognizes home the top 1% percent of home builders in the country meeting the extraordinary levels of excellence in energy and performance specified in the national program requirements. Sam highlights the history and goals of the program, as well as the ways in which every certified Zero Energy Ready Homes represents a whole new level of performance with rigirorigorousus requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, healthy, and durability. Zero Energy Ready Home Programhttps://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-homesNewPort Partners LLChttps://www.newportpartnersllc.com/Tim O'Brien Homeshttps://www.timobrienhomes.com/
30 minutes | 4 months ago
The Tim O'Brien Homes Construction Process
In this episode, Tim O'Brien discusses each phase of the Tim O'Brien Homes construction process from foundation and framing to finishes and final clean. Tim details what homeowners should expect during each of the main stages of the build and explains the relationship/communication between the homeowner and Construction Manager throughout the process.www.timobrienhomes.com/building-process
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Wisconsin's Focus on Energy Empowers Builders and Consumers
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by Focus on Energy's New Home Residential Program Manager, Andy Kuc, to discuss ways in which Focus on Energy empowers the people and businesses of Wisconsin to make smart energy decisions with enduring economic benefits. Focus on Energyfocusonenergy.com/Tim O'Brien Homeswww.timobrienhomes.com/
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Broan-Nutone - A Leader in Healtheir Home Systems
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by Edwin Bender and Patrick Nielsen from Broan-Nutone, the global leader in residential indoor air quality, to discuss areas of growth in the industry as well as opportunities for residential construction to continue to innovate and develop technologies to further improve fresh air ventilation systems. More resources:www.broan-nutone.com/en-us/home/learn
35 minutes | 5 months ago
A Breath of Fresh Air: The EPA's Commitment to Indoor Air Quality
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by Environmental Protection Specialist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Aaron Johnson, to discuss the EPA's Indoor airPLUS program, and the increasing importance of Indoor Air Quality in our homes as it relates to our health.More resources:www.epa.gov/indoorairplus www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq
44 minutes | 6 months ago
The Power of the Sun: Where We Are and Where We Are Going with Solar
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by Vice President of Project Development at SunVest Solar, John Daugherty, to discuss the benefits of solar energy production in new home construction for both builders and consumers alike.John also highlights factors such as reduced cost, surging consumer demand, and increased government subsidies as key drivers for the rapid growth in the solar industry.More resources:https://www.sunvest.com/state-programs/https://www.sunvest.com/projects/https://www.sunvest.com/about-us/
69 minutes | 6 months ago
Creating a Sustainable Workplace Culture
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by international speaker, sales consultant, and founder of Cannonball Moments, Chad Sanschagrin, to discuss the importance of creating a sustainable workplace culture. Chad offers his unique experience and insight on developing a growth mindset and long-term success within an organization.
57 minutes | 7 months ago
New Home Design for a Climate-Changing World
In this episode, Tim O'Brien is joined by Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Sam Rashkin, to discuss new home design as our environment continues to change around us. Sam highlights the importance of resilient, future-ready homes as well as how and why homebuilders should implement sustainable building practices going forward.
49 minutes | 7 months ago
Building The Future of Trades Through Hands-On Education Programs
In this episode, we're joined by Steve Olson who is the teacher of the Oconomowoc High School Building Trades class to discuss the partnership between Tim O'Brien Homes and local high schools in order to develop the future of the trade industry by giving students real, hands-on experience in homebuilding.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
EEBA - The What and The Why for Home Builders
In this episode, we're joined by Gene Myers who is the owner and CEO of Thrive Home Builders in Denver, Colorado and current president of The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) board of directors to discuss EEBA and its commitment to provide the most trusted resources for building science information and education in the construction industry.
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