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The Conscious Builder Show with Casey Grey

We are all building something whether it’s a business, a skill, a house, a relationship, a family or a life. Casey Grey is a husband, father, entrepreneur and leader in the construction industry. Learn how to become a conscious builder through these informative interviews and personal sharings.


#197 - Reducing your Carbon Emissions with Energy Advisor and Biologist Rider Petch
Rider Petch is a certified and Registered Energy Advisor with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Rider is a Professional Biologist who shifted to his career as an EA to focus assertively on climate abatement. His goal is to help clients build low energy, net zero, carbon-smart, feel-good homes. Rider is the Owner of Fluent Energy Consulting. Fluent works with homeowners and builders to create high performance homes and climb the BC Energy Step Code as quickly and affordably as possible. Rider believes we need to reduce both energy and carbon emissions in a home if the EnerGuide program will be successful in helping us meet our Paris GHG reduction targets. More from Rider: Website: LinkedIN site here:   2:00 Background 6:30 Glavel  13:30 Energy Advisor  15:40 BEAM  18:30 Tracking emissions  27:00 Healthy, durable, safe,  30:00 Carbon Tax  34:00 Policy changes needed   
48:10 09/28/2022
#196 - Scaling Pre-Fab Construction with Garrett Moore
Co-founder and CEO at Agorus, Garrett Moore brings a career of executive-level leadership and technology expertise to the construction industry. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s in Cyber Security from Tel Aviv University. Garrett is an Olmsted Scholar, prior collegiate athlete, and Navy Veteran. This episode it’s all about pre-fabrication. We discuss how traveling around the world help Garrett with his current business, why panelization is the sweet spot and how this is only a small step towards solving our housing crisis in North America. For More from Garrett:   2:00 How Garrett got into Pre-Fab  6:11 First steps Pre Fab 20:00 Core mission below cost  22:30 Process  31:25 Housing shortage  36:25 Scaling the company
40:42 09/23/2022
#195 - Scaling your Business with Franchisor and Entrepreneur Dave Young
Dave knew at 12 years old that he wanted to own investment real estate. That early passion helped him to create a foundation that would allow him to expand into other business ventures. From technology platforms for real estate boards to medical devices or start-ups Dave has invested in or led many exciting team initiatives. In 2013 a call out of the blue inspired Dave to tackle the custom building industry with upstart Alair Homes. Today Dave oversees multiple Alair Regions in Canada and the US and is co-host of the popular business podcast Builder Nuggets.   1:40 Introduction 3:00 Getting into real estate  10:00 Family  15:00 Business Background - Corporate Life  22:00 Becoming a builder  26:20 Project Management  29:00 Alair Homes Franchise  34:12 Business System - Cost Plus  41:55 Podcast  50:00 Mindset
63:10 09/15/2022
#194 - LEED Certification and Embodied Carbon Tracking with Tommy Linstroth
Tommy Linstroth is the founder and CEO of Green Badger, a construction sustainability platform that saves clients time managing LEED and ESG reports. On this episode, Tommy shares the importance of third party verification and why companies are making the shift to building more sustainability with Embodied Carbon tracking.  1:44 Introduction  4:50 What is sustainability  8:00 What is green badger?  11:40 LEED certification  19:40 Embodied Carbon Show Links: 
31:48 09/08/2022
#193 - Interview with LEED Builder expert and Green Building Matters Host Charlie Cichetti
Over the course of his career, Charlie has personally taught and trained over 10,000 professionals in-person about LEED, the green building movement, and how to pass LEED exams. His green building education company GBES has over 130,000 professionals around the world who use their study tools and CE materials to help maintain their credentials. Charlie also advocates for the green building movement to thousands of people monthly through his weekly podcast, Green Building Matters. On this episode we chat about different types of certifications like the WELL Certification, we get into regenerative design and how Local Law 97 in New York City is having a significant impact on the retrofits of buildings. MORE FROM CHARLIE: 1:45 Introduction 7:30 What is FITWEL and WELL certification  11:00  Indoor Air Quality 15:30 Zero Carbon 17:00 New York City mandates to reduce carbon  
35:06 09/02/2022
#192 - Building a Pretty Good House with Architect Emily Mottram
Emily is the founder and principal of Mottram Architecture, a boutique practice in Maine specializing in new homes and renovations that are beautiful, functional, comfortable, healthy, and durable.  We talk about the rabbit hole of building science and what certifications may make sense for you, challenges facing the industry today and some great information from Emily’s new book: Pretty Good House. 1:55 introduction 4:15 What certifications make sense   13:45 The Book - Building a Pretty Good House 17:50 Why do you build this way?  20:00 Industry Challenges 21:55 Materials to work with - Have you heard of Glavel? 30:30 Indoor Air quality  37:45 Most exciting project    Show Links:    
44:04 08/25/2022
#191 - Marianne Touchie - Retrofit Solutions for Apartment Buildings
Marianne Touchie (too-she) is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Departments of Civil & Mineral Engineering, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and Director of the Building Energy and Indoor Environment Lab. Her research focuses on the performance of multi-family buildings, particularly social housing. In this episode we get into ways to deal with stack effect in high-rise buildings, how to deal with the psychology of occupants (of a building) and Marianne also shares some great advice for any young people looking to get into this type of work. The Lab:  Marianne: The Atmospheric Fund:   1:20 Intro  6:50 Air tightness in apartments  12:30 Research Process: working with owners  23:00 The Atmospheric Fund 26:30 Current studies in progress 
35:17 08/18/2022
#190 - Climate Conscious and Straw Bale Building with Ben Polley
Ben Polley is an award winning business manager and founder of Evolve Builders. With 16+ years estimating experience including 12 in green construction, he is also the cost-benefit guru. He participates in the design and estimating phase of new projects in order to locate savings opportunities and deliver the best quality for money on every project. A popular speaker at colleges, universities and industry events, and regular feature in green building media. In this episode we talk about Ben's first demonstration home, how his business is structured and where he see's the future of construction going.  For more from Ben:
43:09 08/11/2022
#189 - Architect and Passive House Trainer Mariana Pickering - Taking Building Science Mainstream
Mariana Pickering Co-Founder of Emu, is a recovering architect and an expert in communicating the construction industry’s movement towards a better understanding of building science and sustainability. With over a decade of work on high-performance projects and products across three continents, she is passionate about translating data, results, and needs into stories that help shift the cultures and mentalities of building professionals towards change. In this episode we talk about the lack of building science knowledge on today's job sites and how we're changing that, EnerPHit and Passive House certification, how to sell Passive House to clients and some thermal mass misconceptions.  For More from Mariana:  1:30 Introduction 9:15 Building Science 13:45 EnerPHit 21:30 Passive House Certification 27:30 Cost per square foot 29:00 What is not Passive House 34:30 Thermal Mass Misconceptions    
43:13 08/08/2022
#188 - Passive House Architect Laura Blau - Balancing Urgency with Hope and Action
Laura A. Blau, AIA, CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant 2009), CPHB (Certified Passive House Builder 2012), is a principal of BluPath Design, (a woman-owned award-winning architecture and  Passive House Consulting firm) and expert witness. Laura’s leadership includes being a founding member of the Green Building Jefferson University. In addition, she presents at international and regional conferences on sustainable design and construction. Her awards include the Groundbreaker Award 2019, PHIUS Merit Award 2019 both for the Italian Market Passive House, 2016 Sprout Competition for a 16-unit net-zero energy apt building design, 2010 Green Builder award for Best Life Cycle Addition, the 2007 IIDA Honorable Mention for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, 2006 Commonwealth Design Award for Sustainable Design. She formerly worked at MGA Partner on the award-winning Byrne Federal Courthouse lobby. Laura was an award-winning fine artist before receiving her MArch from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She co-authored Frazier Forman Peters: Westport’s Legacy in Stone, 2012, and the Passive House Rowhouse Manual, 2021 for Green Building United. In this episode we talk about why we need to act now when it comes to building better homes, how to prevent scope creep, and what we can do to change the industry. For more from Laura:   2:00 Introduction into sustainability  6:30 Laura Background 9:50 Passive House 13:00 What’s happening and how can we do better  22:30 Brussels example - originally poor energy policies 25:50 Cost Phobia 33:00 Goals and Values  40:30 All We Can Save      
44:15 07/28/2022
#187 - Journalist and Producer David Dodge - Clean Energy Revolution
David Dodge is an environmental journalist and a photojournalist who has worked for newspapers, published magazines, produced radio, and was the production manager for a Canadian nature publisher. He produced more than 350 award-winning EcoFile radio programs on sustainability for the CKUA Radio network.  David has worked for not-for-profit organizations such as the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Pembina Institute. He served as a founding co-chair of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee and is also involved with Evansdale Community League in his neighbourhood where he’s led solar and energy efficiency projects. His community league gets all of its electricity from solar energy on a net annual basis. ​​Green Energy Futures is a multi-media storytelling project that is documenting the clean energy revolution that’s already underway. It tells the stories of inspiring green energy pioneers who are moving forward in their homes, businesses, and communities   For more on high performance building: For high performance house plans:     0:00 Casey Introduction 2:21 David Dodge Intro 8:20 Lithium Batteries 10:50 Recycling Solar Panels  14:53 Solar Farmland put to good use 22:46 Energiesprong  - Dutch Inspired    28:00 Transitioning from fossil fuels:  39:46 What can we do to help transition
51:20 07/20/2022
#186 - Dick Clarke - Passive House and Sustainability Down Under
In this episode we talk sustainability, Passive House Australia, closed loop economies and global green tag, a valuable resource for learning about the products we’re using on site. Dick challenges us to change our mindset on conventional demolition to have a significant positive impact on sustainability. Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with 45 years experience focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and he has received many Design Awards. He is Director of Sustainability and Past President of the NSW Chapter of the Building Designers Association of Australia. He is also a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA), and is on the Board of Renew (Alternative Technology Association). Dick sat on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the peak body representing industries committed to a sustainable built environment. Links:  ​​    2:45 intro Dick Clarke 7:58 what is sustainable 10:26 generational sustainability  13:35 solar panels question casey 15:25 fossil fools  15:42 global green tag  - database with tracing, silver, golden status, very good resource 17:36 culturally appropriate buildings 1) natural and 2) cultural  23:00 passive house criteria in Australia, interest growing in Australia 27:00 Australia winter: glorified tents  28:00 casey quote  - canadians are the weird ones metric/imperial  34:50 closed loop economy - plastic kids toys are the worst, products that don’t end up in a landfill   36:00 aluminum  - ex. When demolishing - deconstruction, concrete aggregate  38:00 landfills australia  39:00 perception sustainability moving forward, reality shows, industry education, consumer education 
49:20 07/15/2022
#185 - Changing Financial Transactions in the Construction Industry with Matthew Smith from Mazumago
MazumaGo began as a payment service for small businesses, but speaking with business owners in the construction industry made Matthew Smith and his Co-Founder realize which industry needed it the most! Regardless of size, most construction businesses were still using checks to send and receive payments, resulting in long payment delays and cash flow issues along the construction supply chain. Their team kept asking, “Why is it so hard for contractors to send large payments online?” and decided to focus exclusively on digitizing construction payments. It is their mission to enable all construction companies to move money instantly and freely, without the barriers of traditional banking.   Plans - Passive Design Solutions - The Conscious Builder The Conscious Builder Promo (   2:40 Background - software engineer  3:30 Why are we still using cheques?  3:55 System built in the 70’s 8:12 How does Mazumago work  12:00 Surcharges  20:58 Operations costs
32:44 06/29/2022
#184 - Food Forest Abundance with CEO Jim Gale
At age 19, Jim Gale first learned about the power of writing his goals. From the practice of inspired visioning, he became a 4-time All American and National Champion wrestler. After college, he moved to Hawaii, backpacked through 37 countries, lived with the Maasai, explored cultures, and searched for his next inspired vision. He wrote his goals again at age 29, which included being retired in 3 years. Jim went on to create a mortgage company that reached $1.3B in sales in 3 years, leading him to early retirement and the achievement of another life goal. He bought a boat, lived on the ocean for a year, and then moved to Costa Rica to build eco-villages where he discovered permaculture. It changed his life and he realized he needed to bring it to every household in the world. The idea whose time has come became Food Forest Abundance. Jim speaks about sovereignty, entrepreneurship, mindset, and freedom.     1:54 inspired vision (goal setting) - enjoying the process    4:55 mindset (belief) psychology of winning     8:45 3 million in 3 years, starting a mortgage company    11:40 Costa Rica    18:35 Food Forest Abundance    31:00 Healing Nature -  we only have a couple of generations of soil left    34:00 How Permaculture works     For more from Jim: @foodforestabundance on all major social media accounts! For MazumaGO promo: Conscious Builder Academy:  
48:08 06/16/2022
#183 - Building in New Zealand with Engineer Peter Raimondo
Peter is a Canadian engineer from Toronto that moved to Auckland New Zealand 3 years ago and is now working to educate and innovate the building envelope industry in NZ. Working with oculus architectural engineering, he works on new builds, investigations, and retrofits, and also generates educational content for oculus’ website and social media platforms. In this episode,  For MazumaGO promo: For more from Peter: Website: IG: @pink.moose     4:00 New Zealand Climate   5:0 Building Code    12:19 Most exciting project    15:00 Passive House    16:30 Asthma, indoor air quality people live with windows open the entire time, no screens on windows (north america only)    19:00 Arguments against passive     22:07 Where is the construction industry going in NZ    24:10 Embodied carbon, blower door should be required    
30:48 06/01/2022
#182 - Rob Bartko - Hiring for the Trades
Unlike most other tech entrepreneurs, Rob Bartko started his career getting his hands dirty as a Framer. He saw firsthand the issues surrounding the community. FixIt, Rob’s first venture into construction technology, gave him his second insight into the possibilities that are out there for improving the lives of tradespeople and construction organizations. After 2 years, a plan was formed and he was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work. That’s when Rob and Sam Beaudoin officially formed TradesLink, a professional network for the trades, built for tradespeople by tradespeople. With his vision, community insight, and entrepreneurial spirit, Rob continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible for the trades community and the people within. If you are a Tradesperson you can download the app now! Learn More tradespeople   1:03 Introduction  1:45 Rob intro - family, residential framing, corporate  2:30 Fix it -  Service App 3:11 Tradeslink - Linkedin for Trades 4:07 Business Fails  5:40 Purpose of tradeslink  - commercial- industrial side 7:15 how it works  12:00 rate the homeowner
27:25 05/20/2022
#181 - Bill Spohn - Indoor Air Quality and Net Zero Custom Build
Bill Spohn is President and owner of, an award-winning reseller of tools and test instruments. He holds a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania. Over the last 30 years, Bill has built his career on creating, designing, and marketing a wide array of test and measurement products that work for technicians in the field including 10 years each at Bacharach and Testo. Bill is all about Science – Comfort, health and energy efficiency. He has worked on BPI, RESNET, GAMA, AHRI, OMA, RSES, NATE, and ACCA Technical Committees, and holds four US patents in instrumentation design. He regularly consults, teaches and writes on product applications in HVACR, building science, healthy homes, Indoor Air Quality, and weatherization. Bill sits on the boards of the Building Performance Association (BPA), the Green Home Institute (GHI) and Solar United Neighbors of Pennsylvania (SUN-PA) He and his wife have built and live in a modular, high-performance, “Net-Zero” home near Pittsburgh, PA. Keep tabs on the details at   For more from Bill:   Tour Bill Spohn's New Modular Net Zero Home - YouTube   To check out MazumaGo and get your free credit:   2:00 introduction Bill   3:10 Trutech tools start up - hvac, building performance tools 4:30 types of tools for HVAC   - if you’re not testing you’re just guessing  6:35 duct leak testing - standard test, bluetooth testing, higher end diagnostic tools 9:00 Indoor air quality -  what you can and should measure, what can you do, ventilation, filtration and humidity control solutions  16:10 Net Zero Home 18:30 cost to go passive, phpp model completed  19:15  US tax credit, co op program deal on solar 20:20 modular design  - eco craft homes 22:55 custom design, factory and site  constraints  23:45 blower door test,  thermal imaging,       
36:49 05/05/2022
#180 - Embodied Carbon and BEAM Software Launch with Industry Leader Chris Magwood
Chris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient and carbon-storing, beautiful and inspiring buildings without wrecking the whole darn planet in the attempt. Since 2011, Chris has been a director and teacher at The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario where he enjoys sharing what he’s learned over his 25-year building career and inspiring others to take this stuff seriously and do it well. In 1996, he built his family a house. It was the first permitted straw bale house in Ontario, Canada.  ​In 2019, he helped to establish Builders for Climate Action, and has been leading development of the BEAM carbon estimator tool for low- rise construction. He is working closely with many levels of government to develop embodied carbon benchmarks and regulatory programs, and helping developers and builders figure out how to reverse climate change with their buildings. Chris has authored seven books on sustainable building and is co- editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series from New Society Publishers. His new book, Building Beyond Zero: New Ideas for Carbon-Smart Architecture, is co-authored with Bruce King and will be available in June, 2022 from Island Press. Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally. For more from Chris: 1:25 Casey Introduction  2:33 Chris introduction   5:30 Straw bale construction 10:00 Pre- ab considerations  12:00 Hard property costs, development cost, services  14:40 Don’t use brick, don’t build a basement  18:30 Hempcrete not replacement for concrete  24:30 Nexcam  - wood fiber ICF product  - have a cork insulation option  26:30 BEAM  - build emissions accounting materials, release end of april, free, just materials  38:00 Products to avoid  -  formaldehyde (glued wood particles), plastic and foam, flame retardants, voc’s, no VOC paint, For more from The Conscious Builder and The Conscious Builder Academy: Conscious Builder Academy:   How to Market and Sell Passive Houses PRE-SALE:
56:03 04/22/2022
#179 - Chelsah Thomas - Becoming a B corp, Thomas House Net Zero Project and more
Chelsah Thomas is the founder of Sol Invictus Energy Services, located in Red Deer, Alberta. With a passion for sustainable construction and renewable energy, she founded her social enterprise in 2016. Chelsah’s motivation to help others build better flowed from her own experience in constructing Central Alberta’s first Net Zero, Passive Solar Home. Chelsah’s firm now serves Western Canada for residential energy efficiency needs and recently won “Business of the Year, 2020” for Young Entrepreneur.  1:10 intro 4:30 - building their own net zero house, focus on consulting, getting to net zero, holistic approach  6:50 what is a social enterprise  12:15 What are earthships  15:00 What is a B - Corp 19:00 What is the Thomas House Project - solar panels and credits  23:40 Wall Assembly - windows, etc, architect?  32:20 what would you change, aging in place For more from Chelsah and Sol Invictus: IG - @sol_invictus_energy_services Twitter - @sol_invictus_es FB -   For more from The Conscious Builder and The Conscious Builder Academy: Conscious Builder Academy: How to Market and Sell Passive Houses PRE-SALE: The Conscious Builder:
43:50 04/08/2022
#178 - Builder Feature: Natalie Leonard - Making Passive Houses More Accessible
Natalie Leonard is the first Certified Passive House Consultant and Certified Passive House Builder in Canada. Her mission is to make sustainable, high-performance homes affordable for everyone. She leads the Passive Design Solutions team with a depth of experience in creating cost-effective, beautiful, and ultra-efficient homes.   Natalie brings her engineering background, hands-on design, construction experience and a practical approach to building.   Passive Design Solutions has completed over 100 Passive House projects in cold climates. They specialize in designing Net-Zero ready passive homesand the services needed to see projects through to completion, such as custom design, construction support, and energy consulting.   2:36 How Natalie got into the business  7:45 Is it worth getting certified? 9:45 What is a passive house certification? 11:45 Mistakes on Previous Passive House Builds  15:30 Working with more builders 19:00 Difference between PHIUS and  PHI  23:45 Changing from ACH to leakage per sq. feet 25:00 Changes to Primary Energy Requirement to reward high density builds 31:30 Passive Solar House is not the same  35:00 Pre-Designed Passive Homes  40:50 Purchasing a Pre Designed Passive House Plan  48:00 Future of Construction     For more from Natalie and Passive Design Solutions:   A catalogue of pre-designed energy efficient home plans. Available Canada-wide, customized to order:     For More from The Conscious Builder   For Conflict Resolution Toolkit and Priming for Tough Conversations Handbook:  MORE FROM THE CONSCIOUS BUILDER: Academy: Website: Instagram: Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter:
52:18 03/22/2022
#177 - Builder Feature: Raphael Spinner Canadian Passive House Builder HSS Design Build
Raphael, originally from Switzerland, is a Swiss and Canadian trained certified Passive House Designer with over 19 years of construction experience building with mass timber. He started his own Design Build firm called HSS Design Build in 2016.   HSS Design Build is located in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. They provide quality craftsmanship and sustainable building techniques for generations to enjoy. At HSS, they create structures that resemble and respond to their natural surroundings and create comfortable living spaces which meet future efficiency standards and are the highest quality.   Raphael is passionate about energy efficient and innovative design. His business mission: to accelerate the transition to sustainable and energy efficient design and construction practices.     For more from Raphael and HSS Design Build: website:   instagram - hssdesignbuild youtube - LinkedIn -     For more from The Conscious Builder:   Conscious Builder Academy:   Priming for Tough Conversations Handbook   Conflict Resolution Toolkit:   Conflict Resolution Toolkit and Priming For Tough Conversations Bundle:    
33:26 03/11/2022
#176 - Builder Feature: Sustainable building, transparency and active listening with Josh Friesen of Dueck Builders
Josh Friesen is part owner of Duek Builders Dueck Builders had its beginnings as Dueck Homes when Cal Dueck began building custom homes in 2006 in his neighbourhood of Fort Garry. Cal started with a hands-on approach, doing all the framing, concrete, and finishing in the green homes he built.  Energy efficient homes and sustainable building practices continue to be at the forefront of what Dueck Builders brings to the table. They created the first privately-built LEED certified house in Manitoba, and Cal contributed to various Green building boards. Dueck Builders continues to invest in pushing the envelope for responsible building. Whether it is ICF houses or double-wall builds, they aim to achieve Passive House air exchange requirements to ensure healthy indoor air quality. In 2016, Dueck Homes changed its name to Dueck Builders, remaining a family owned and operated business with nephew Josh Friesen joining the company. Dueck Builders is committed to making a fair wage and ensuring fair payment to sub-trades. They believe win-win situations are the only way to conduct business. In this episode, we touch on a wide range of topics including: -What sustainability means to Josh -The base level techniques and products that Dueck likes to use -Why being interested in people is so important -How honesty always wins  -How active listening may just be the solution to all your problems For more from The Conscious Builder:  Conscious Builder Academy: Conflict Resolution Toolkit: Priming for Tough Conversations Handbook
42:51 02/22/2022
#175 - You Matter as much as your Business with Casey Grey- Replay: Business Bros Podcast
Casey joins the high energy Business Bros Podcast to discuss his journey and motivations toward building Consciously.
34:33 02/11/2022
#174 - What's the difference between an HRV and an ERV - Casey Grey - Podcast - The Conscious Builder 01-21-2022
Energy Recovery Ventilator (Also known as Enthalpy Recovery Ventilator) VS. Heat Recovery Ventilator. Casey reviews how they work, covers their differences and suggests which one you might need - or may already have!   MORE FROM THE CONSCIOUS BUILDER: Website: Instagram: Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter: CONTACT: Email: Office: 613.693.0914 DISCLAIMER: content produced by The Conscious Builder Inc. is provided for informational purposes only. The information contained in the videos is intended to give general guidance to simplify residential construction projects. Because tools, products, materials, equipment, techniques, building codes and local regulations are continually changing, The Conscious Builder Inc cannot and does not assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained therein. Further, The Conscious Builder will not accept any claim for liability related to, but not limited to, omissions, errors, injury, damage or the outcome of any project. It is the responsibility of the viewer to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, codes and regulations for a project. The consumer must always take proper safety precautions and exercise caution when taking on any project. If there are any questions or doubts in regards to the element of a plan, please consult with a licensed professional.
07:03 01/21/2022
#173 - Paul Harvey - What is Success and How Do You Get It?
Paul Harvey is an Ex Digital marketer and the full-time host of the Life Passion and Business Podcast. Paul is passionate about life, fascinated with technology and curious about people. He has always been intrigued by how things work, both on a mundane level like fixing the washing machine, and on the global level, ecological resources and fixing the planet. That curiosity has brought a lot of variety into life and work. For the majority of his career, it has meant product marketing or people development. He is a skilled coach, speaker and facilitator, always committed to bringing out the best in the people around him.  For more from Paul:   For The Conscious Builder Academy:   Conversation Highlights: 0:40 Life passion and business 3:15 The five questions 7:00 Making the cashiers day better  8:10 Don’t set massive goals  9:30 Destructive to do lists  10:00 Set intentions -  time blocking 11:20 Quote - signpost along a journey onto something else  12:15 Comparing yourself to others 13:15 Avoiding the distractions, doing the work 17:50 200 reasons why & the story 19:45 Storytelling 20:22 The success trap  23:20 What I didn't like about marketing 26:00 Serve your body    28:20 What is success?
35:08 01/03/2022
#172 - Deep Retrofits, Resiliency and Training with Shawna Henderson
Shawna is Blue House Energy's resident building science expert, designer of green homes, and planner for deep energy retrofits. A sought after speaker, author, and blogger, she has published numerous books, research reports, and technical studies in the industry. She also creates course content and provides instructional design and business development. Blue House Energy (Facebook) @BlueHseNRG (Twitter) Blue House Energy (LinkedIn) Shawna Henderson (LinkedIn)   2:10 Meet Shawna Henderson 5:00 energy advisor, home inspector, nova scotia,   7:18 R2000 bad builders  11:07 Benchmarking  13:36 Retrofits  14:58 what’s the payback  16:00 what is a retrofit  - energuide for houses  18:52 deep retrofit  20:15 increasing insulation once in a lifetime 22:20 CCMC canadian construction materials center  25:00 contractors should be licensed 31:00 what is resiliency? 40:00 training course  
44:18 12/16/2021
#171 - Ben Adam-Smith - UK Passive House owner and podcaster on his custom build
Ben Adam-Smith worked in TV and radio for 15 years. With a growing concern about the environment, he wanted to play his part in looking for solutions. As our homes are probably the biggest part of our carbon footprint he started there. He set up a podcast called House Planning Help and documented what he learnt as he went about his own Passivhaus project. A decade on and his website is going from strength to strength. He also launched a membership community called The Hub to help others who want to build high performance, low carbon homes. Ben is passionate about the environment and believes with wise decisions about how we live our lives we can all make a difference. You can find more from Ben here: 00:50 introduction  3:45 Sites near london 6:16 passive does not focus on embodied carbon, concrete and steel number one culprits  8:05 pollution and extinction, extreme weather 10:33 other ways to reduce footprint  12:05 flying  13:43 real estate, what do we do  16:00 more government incentives  17:05 victorian building being brought up to passive house system  18:50 incentive trends 19:50 what did you learn from building the passive house 24:30 Straw bale 27:50 gas boiler - radiators  28:55 ventilation system 34:00 where does the plug go 35:00 we can’t make last minute decisions
39:12 12/03/2021
#170 - Tom Reber - Stop Stealing From Your Family
Tom Reber ( is an entrepreneur, business coach, podcaster, founder of The Contractor Fight & Shin-Fu Sales Mastermind, and HGTV host. His content has helped hundreds of thousands of home improvement contractors improve their lives and businesses.  Tom coaches and advises business owners and CEO's on how to lead better, build stronger teams and scale their businesses profitably.  Tom is a United States Marine Corps veteran, lover of fine tequila and kettlebell fanatic. He is originally from Wheaton, IL and now resides in Colorado.    Tom has written a new book: Winning the Contractor Fight  "The Contractor Fight" is what Tom Reber calls the battle between your ears. We all have stories and experiences that have formed us into who we are. We are what we think, and the battleground is our mind.  The Fight is not with the people you think are "cheap customers." It's not with the unlicensed competitors or the "illegals," as many contractors think.  The Fight is with yourself.  Sadly, most of the struggles contractors have are self imposed. It's friendly fire. The negative ways we think about ourselves and our worth… friendly fire. The growing debt, working too much, small bank account… friendly fire.  Winning the Fight is a choice. find Tom on instagram at @realtomreber, and YouTube at 0:00 introduction    1:35 how did you get into the business 4:10 Contractors fight - why the name 5:45 why the mindset is so hard, negative self talk  8:25 how to be more disciplined, small daily goals  11:40 transition into HGTV  18:40 importance of processes  24:30 prioritizing yourself  time  31:25 “if there’s anything you need we’ll share with you how you can live without it” 36:25 - book contractors fightclub  
38:12 11/19/2021
# 169 - Conversation with Devon Tilly Art of Construction Podcast - with Casey Grey the Conscious Builder 11-04-2021
Art of Construction (Devon Tilly) provides business, sales, and marketing strategies to the building industry through the mediums of podcasting, video, webinars, live events, and built projects. We are a global network of contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, designers, skilled tradespeople, scientists, technology experts, owners, entrepreneurs, and visionaries dedicated to learning, growing, and pioneering the best way forward for the construction industry and our planet The Conscious Builder Website:  The Conscious Builder on Youtube:  The Conscious Builder on Instagram:    3:30 supply shortage 6:45 window expectations today 10:00 new technologies -  fireside chats, building the IT house, humanizing the process 14:00 windows -  what makes a good window   22:00 best kind of framing  26:00 test study 29:00 modular pre-fab 34:14 still cheaper to go custom than pre-panel  35:30 communication - blue collar warriors 39:45 art of construction podcast
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#168 - Climate Change Mitigation and Resiliency with Janice Ashworth
Janice Ashworth - Project Manager at City of Ottawa Climate Change Unit (99+) Janice Ashworth | LinkedIn Janice has been a tireless advocate of community-owned power for more than decade.  She played an important role in developing 17 solar power projects in Eastern Ontario with a total generating capacity of 1.7 MW. She has been with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op since 2011 and has 10 years of experience in renewable energy. At OREC, she is responsible for business development, project management, and financing. Janice Chairs the Ontario Federation of Community Power Co-operatives, is a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Net Metering Working Group of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. She coordinated the Nova Scotia Sustainable Electricity Alliance and worked in wind energy with the community-owned Colchester-Cumberland Windfield. Her non-profit experience includes community organizing for Ecology Ottawa and promoting solar energy with the Ecology Action Centre. In her time as General Manager of OREC, Janice has been named as a 40 Under 40 business leader by the Ottawa Business Journal, and was awarded the 2017 Solar Woman of Distinction by Women in Renewable Energy. 1:25 start  2:12 where did the interest come from 7:00 how are we doing energy use, the effect of covid  12:50 Community-owned power what is it? 14:10 Energy democracy  17:45 OREC - solar and wind projects in Ottawa,  18:57 Co-power  19:40 Green Energy Act  22:10 ONEC - community farm  24:45 Farm co-op  - organic vegetables   29:00 Growing our own garden 31:00 Climate refugees   32:30 Project manager -  Ottawa climate unit - what they do  Climate change resiliency  Climate change mitigation  Specific role -  financial modeling, private building retrofits  35:11 Private building retrofits  - better homes loan program - 0% financing to homeowners, Oct 25th loan program starts. 39:43 how does it work, energuide audit 44:00 energy evolution  - strategy to achieve master plan net zero 2040
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