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UnBuild It Podcast
33 minutes | Dec 8, 2022
70 - Love It or Hate It: Thermal Control Layer
Our industry-led improvement of building performance with insulation--completely ass-backward from a building science perspective. Doesn't mean insulation is not important; just means we need to take care of other business first (see the 1st three in this series: water, air, vapor). And just as important as insulation and energy efficiency is thermal comfort, complicating things a bit more. This podcast includes everything from continuous exterior insulation to IR cameras, Big Foot, and Star Trek door technology. Oh, and Pete tells his favorite joke, which of course, Steve hates... Pete's Resource: Building America Solution Center - best resource for insulation for every US climate, bar none: https://basc.pnnl.gov. Oh, and since we spent so much time on thermal comfort and referenced ASHRAE Standard 55 several times, I can't resist plugging this GBA blog I wrote some time ago: https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/understanding-and-measuring-mean-radiant-temperature.
33 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
69 - Love It or Hate It: Vapor Control
Holy Smokes--Steve and Pete agree that vapor control is not about a single layer! While this may be the most technical discussion in the Love/Hate series, it still includes plenty of Jake and Steve building science band names. Pete's Resource: GBA's "Vapor Profiles Help Predict Whether a Wall Can Dry"Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
34 minutes | Nov 24, 2022
68 - Love It or Hate It - The Air Control Layer
The LOVE--from Pete's nearly romantic relationship with blower doors to Steve's fascination with theatrical fog--and then the HATE--from Jake's intolerance for any builder who does not know what a blower door is to Steve's complete frustration with confused spaces ("You are either inside or outside every space in your buildings--there is no in-between"). Three blowhards just can't shut up about airtightness... Pete's Resource(s): Blog on Blower Doors "Air Barrier Continuity"
26 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
67 - Love It or Hate It - The Water Control Layer
The first in a series of four episodes on the control layers. This approach is trademarked, WTF, Steve Baczek. Expect to hear about flush modern designs, open-joint claddings, and spray testing. We hope you love and not hate this series... Pete's Resource: Building Science Corporation's Enclosures That Work - https://www.buildingscience.com/document-search?term=&field_doc_topic_tid=All&type%5B%5D=9
38 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
Interview with Carl Seville
28 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
66 - The Wettest Q&A (to date): The UnBuildIt podcast has done many Q&A sessions but boy, this one really focuses on moisture!
Questions all about water, in everything from concrete to paint, to soils and ventilation systems. Steve says bring caramels and a book for this one... Pete's Resources: 1. The Manual of Below-Grade Waterproofing (2nd edition, 2016) by Justin Henshell. from this GBA blog 2. ACCA Manual LLH (Low Load Homes) 3. High Performance Dehumidification: Santa Fe Ultra70 YouTube
32 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
Interview with Ben Bogie
Join Jake and Steve as they talk with Ben Bogie in this weeks podcast.
34 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
65 - Wall Framing - Darn near as riveting as floor framing!
From the Mongol Horde (an actual rock band but what Jake thought Steve was referring to regarding wall permeability) to the Visual Abacus (a rock band Jake wants to form but Steve's new name for his slider detail climate-tuning wall insulation), wall framing is covered in an entirely unique way in this UnBuildIt podcast. You won't be surprised that the boys approach wall framing from the Control Layer Priority perspective. Pete's Resource: "Advanced Framing: Using Wood Efficiently From Optimizing Design to Minimizing the Dumpster"
39 minutes | Oct 13, 2022
Interview with Mark LaLiberte of Construction Instruction
Join Jake and Steve as they talk with Construction Instruction co-founder and president, Mark LaLiberte.
35 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
64 - Deep Dive Floor Framing
What the Foch (based on the lead-in quote from Jake)? I honestly was not prepared for how riveting an impromptu discussion of floor framing could be but listeners won't be surprised to hear Jake and Steve blow up the "simple" decision of floor framing systems with issues like: HVAC integration, finished floor materials, air barrier penetrations, fire protection for engineered wood systems, kitchen island stability, lumber yard availability of different floor framing systems. This UnBuildIt podcast will simply floor you...Pete's Resource: Chapter 5 of the code and specifically, sections R502.2 and R502.8, and on the UnBuildIt YouTube channel the new series from Steve called "Before the Build."
38 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Siga Day 4
Jake is joined by cohost Tim Uhler and guest Mike Conneely the guys discuss panelized construction and a very interesting window manufacturer.
26 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Siga Day 3
In this special extra episode Jake is joined by co-host Tim Uhler and guest Aron Jones from Big Dog construction. Siga day 3 wrap up includes conversations about an amazing trade school as well as a very interesting multi-family development that featured a Zehnder ERV for the entire building, sound dampening techniques and some huge windows from B4.
34 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
63 - Ventilation - It's the 2nd letter in the acronym HVAC!
And yet, in homes, whole-house ventilation is a "brand-new" concept in much of our industry. The boys go through all the whole-house ventilation systems citing pros and cons and their own experiences with different systems in their projects across the board. Pete's resource: Energy Vanguard, Allison Bailes - https://www.energyvanguard.comChristoff Irwin with Positive Energyhttps://positiveenergy.pro/
33 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
Siga Day 2
This week Jake and is joined by Tim Uhler and Belinda Carr to discuss the second day of of the Switzerland trip. Jake and guests talk pre-fab construction as well as a very high-performance jobsite visit.
43 minutes | Sep 8, 2022
Midwest Building Science Symposium 2022
This week, Jake is joined by Travis Brungardt to promote the Midwest Building Science Symposium in Kansas City and Chattanooga TN. Go to bsandbeerkc.org to sign up for tickets and enjoy some of the best building science minds in the country talking about their craft.
32 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
62 - Roof claddings--from asphalt shingles to standing seam metal, from durability to PV attachment, roof cladding is about a lot more than just cost.
Holy smokes--so much to consider: the boys range from roof pitch to venting, from color (heat absorption) to texture (water retention), and even planning out plumbing penetrations based on roof cladding layouts (or air admittance vents...). And by the way: this podcast only covered pitched roof claddings--roof membranes on low slope roofs waits for another UnBuildIt day.
40 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
Day one of the Swiss Siga tour
Jake is joined by Tim Uhler and Kristopher Mirchandani to discuss the innovation process and manufacturing tour at Siga world headquarters.
41 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
61 - Roofs Run Amok
Tons to talk about: roof design (simple roofs for easy water management), materials (advanced framing--trusses vs solid sawn rafters), spacing (16 vs 24 inches), accommodating HVAC equipment, and even planning for PV array load. Even building roofs on the ground and craning them into place like a top hat OR what about SIP roofs (and why)? The boys cover a lot of ground but up in the air... Pete's Resource: "Advanced Framing: Using Wood Efficiently from Optimizing Design to Minimizing the Dumpster:"
32 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
60 - Application versus Integration - Two of Steve's favorite words
Steve--the Zen master of deep discussion on all things building--explains how he thinks of these two terms. If you don't integrate, you end up solving during application, be it moving water off the building or transferring structural loads. This approach to designing, specifying, and constructing means the window package is connected to the HVAC system, the roof plan connects entryways to gutters, and a problem popping up on paper won't get better or easier on the job site. Although you might get discouraged with the dubious initial focus on beanie babies, hang in there for some insightful exchanges with Steve, Jake, and Pete.
33 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
59 - Acoustics - An unsung component of high performance? Absolutely, sound management is a big part of occupant comfort.
Jake lays out the three major sound issues in homes--inside/out, room-to-room, sources of noise inside the home. Pete draws analogies between early 1980s airport noise abatement and early air tightness work. Steve, always listening carefully, finally offers how he designs for sound management. Pete's resource: BuildingGreen feature article: "BuildingGreen...Quietly: Noise Pollution and What to Do About It." - https://www.buildinggreen.com/feature/building-green-quietly-noise-pollution-and-what-do-about-it
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