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RESTalk, produced by RESNET.us is the best way to stay up-to-date on everything going on in the world of Home Energy Ratings (HERS), including initiatives, standards, marketing, and more. Hosted by building performance veteran Bill Spohn, the show features interviews with the RESNET team and prominent guests from throughout the rating and home building industries, discussing a wide range of topics, current events and new technologies.
 
Building HVAC Science covers a broad array of topics in building science and HVAC diagnostics, as well as human comfort, health, and safety. Hosted by HVAC measurement and building performance expert Bill Spohn, this show will take a deep dive into all things that relate to buildings and people in the built environment. This show is a production of TruTech Tools
 
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“Words are but the pictures of our thoughts.” -John Dryden Stanley Martin Homes was founded in 1966 utilizing fresh new designs and continues to innovate today. They focus on people, via constant training and clear communications, including continual dialog with PEG, their partner rating firm. How do both companies benefit from a relationship such …
 
“A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.” -Segal’s Law Consistency is important when it comes time to rely on…anything. A key to ensuring the quality of HERS ratings is the software calculation consistency of the HERS score. Too often in the past, the same home could receive a different score based upon the s…
 
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” -Arnold H. Glasgow The ANSI/RESNET/ICC Standard 850 was developed over the course of years via consensus input from over 75 organizations. The standard was first issued in 2020 and is now seeing increasing use. Several steps needed to take place before…
 
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” -Steve Jobs Events of the last year or so have it made it challenging for organizations to host live events. Many events, including the RESNET Conference went to a virtual format in 2021. What will the future hold for conferences in 2022? What will upcoming c…
 
“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” -Stuart Udall There’s no way around it. Water is essential to life. Water, like energy, is an environmental resource and requires (demands?) more attention from all. In fact, we’ve talked about water in 4 previous episodes of RESTALK over the last 4 years. H…
 
“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi I’m certain many of our listeners have had ideas for products of their own. Trade practitioners are clever and innovative on the job and so, able to see new ways to “connect the dots” and solve a problem. How do you go from idea to suc…
 
“Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers.” Elizabeth Arden Fortune may come knocking, but sometimes the sound is very faint, almost imperceptible. When someone takes you under their wing, how do you know if that’s where you want to be? If the bug to start your own business bites, what do you do next? Where can you learn from othe…
 
“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” - J.P. Morgan Starting off a career in a new or even a related industry can be challenging as there is so much to learn. It’s not often a newbie gets a chance for “a seat at the table” at an early stage in their career. What industry perspectives do RESNET’s Emerging Lea…
 
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean Many of the people I meet in the industry have interesting stories. There are struggles and challenges in all their lives, our lives. What if a real police state was limiting your options in life? How would you direct your will? Your des…
 
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke The topic of how to manage and improve indoor air quality comes up a lot lately. With all this interest come the offer of many “solutions” and devices. Wish you could learn the back story of and technology inside some of these devices? Ever wonder about the int…
 
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin How important are mortgage loans to the home performance industry? What could be the impact on single family home buyers if home energy costs were factored into the mortgage payment? How does this process make energy efficient homes more affordable for families? Most homeowner…
 
“Astronomy’s much more fun when you’re not an astronomer.” Brian May COVID-19 has impacted the way people interact for many months. Especially the way people interact with each other in spaces outside their homes. What do the air quality scientists have to say about the management of indoor air? What kind of measurements are significant and importa…
 
“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” Paulo Coelho The construction is finished. Bill and Mairlyn moved in months ago. What’s it been like for Bill living inside his theories? Were any late course corrections necessary? Any regrets? In this podcast, recorded in April 2021, our friend Allison…
 
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris His head has been wrapped up in building and HVAC performance since the late 1980s. How does he sort through bringing his personal vision for his own home to reality? What’s it like actually living inside your theories? In this podcast, record…
 
“We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can and should go hand in hand.” - Christopher Dodd How do the financial investment criteria of ESG- Environmental, Social & Governance – relate to the HERS rating world? What are FANNIE MAE Single Family Green Mortgage Backed Securities and what makes this program so unique? How could s…
 
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift Listeners to this podcast know, it is often very hard to explain what it is we do. When I try to explain this, people’s’ eyes and ears glaze over as I get into the technical descriptions of the invisible elements that make a home more comfortable, safer, healthier and energy …
 
“Data, data everywhere, and not a place to sync!” Eric Preston Sensor data and oftentimes, the corresponding analytics are popping up everywhere you look. What is happening in the HVAC world? In newer systems there are some options; most on the high end. But are there any reliable solutions that address more basic systems and the aftermarket? Here …
 
“The first step is clearly defining what it is you’re after, because without knowing that, you’ll never get it.” - Halle Berry How does a person deeply engaged in the world of home performance handle matters when it comes to building their own home? When it is “your own” you must strive to see the forest through the trees. What’s it like actually l…
 
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Michael Jordan Years ago if someone said to me: “I’m building a Net Zero home.” I would have thought, “What are they giving up doing so?” Fast Forward to 2021: In addition to me living in a prospective Net Zero Home (check out other episodes of this podcast), there are now sever…
 
“The details are not the details. They make the design.” - Charles Eames Interest in net zero and low carbon homes is sweeping across the country. What drives customers in some smaller cities to ask for a net zero (plus) home? How can a small builder achieve these customer desires in a city that limits the options to energy retrofits of homes that …
 
"The whole point of collaboration is that you give and take from each other, and that’s how you create things that are totally new." - Virgil Abloh There is a logical tie between energy codes and HERS ratings. What is the value proposition for HERS rating companies to be involved with ICC? What qualifications do HERS raters bring to assist code off…
 
"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and the land." - Aldo Leopold Many of us reflect on the beauty and awe of nature. The images of clear skies and clean water are quite powerful. How did these powerful images put a builder on mission to make a difference, one tree at a time? Michael Ziman joins us on the podcast to describe the thought…
 
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" - Francis of Assisi How does the honor of HERS rating the 3 millionth home befall you? Tim Smith and CR Herro have been on a quiet mission of building relationships, honoring commitments, and executing with excellence. Steady as they go. That's how…
 
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” - Margaret Mead Winning national housing awards year after year, comes with focused effort. However, the efforts put forth by Thrive Home Builders are NOT focused on winning awards. What are the simple concepts that Thrive executes so well that h…
 
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn Ben Franklin Bill is joined by Peter Troast of the Energy Circle and Steve Byers of Energy Logic to share their many reasons for attending the National Home Performance Conference year after year. Sign up for the 2021 National Home Performance Conference (all virtual) now at: ht…
 
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” - Tony Robbins Each year RESNET develops their list of priorities to tackle. A specific four-step process is used which engages both the board and staff. Where did this process (which started in August 2020) lead to for 2021? How do the essential activities goals and prior…
 
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” -John W. Gardner Each year a new President of the RESNET board of directors takes the helm. A President brings their own background and experiences to bear upon the role. How do decades of experience in building, while documenting millions in construction defects, lead someone to take on a leadership …
 
“I’ve been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.” Bill Gates Lend us your ears as Kaleb and Bill have a very fun interview with Ben Reed, VP of Products at TZOA, a relative new comer to the world of measurement products. TZOA’s approach with the Haven product is totally unique: a retrofittable resi…
 
“Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation” -Simon Sinek 2020 was both a notable and challenging year in so many ways. Beyond everyone learning how to Zoom (and Zoom becoming a verb) the election of 2020 is sure to go down in history. What impact did the 2020 election have on RESNET's future-oriented mission to make …
 
“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. -Charles Mingus How in the world can you deliver an engaging conference in these pandemic times? What kind of steps and measures must you take to make it awesomely simple and fun for attendees and exhibitors? This kind of challenge req…
 
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol Like so many businesses, activities, and organizations, 2020 has been a year of unprecedented adaptation. In which ways have RESNET Quality Assurance (QA) procedures been adapted and changed this year? What new techniques, methods, and procedures are …
 
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” -Loren Eiseley Wikipedia defines water as is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance which provides no calories or organic nutrients. Yet water is vital for all known forms of life. What role can builders, raters and providers play in the p…
 
“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” Thomas Carlyle Bill was honored to welcome Dr. Stephanie Taylor to the podcast where she shares the fascinating story of her career path from medicine to architecture to crusading for better building health by bridging these professional silos. He had a great time interviewing Step…
 
“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” George Santayana Bill is joined Marty and David Indursky, a father and son team that have built Encon, an award winning, NJ-based HVAC/building solutions company. Hear how David has reinvigorated the company by implementing modern technology techniques after he took it over from his father who founded E…
 
“Data is the most valuable asset in the world.” -Brittany Kaiser What does the builder market data tell us about trends in the adoption of HERS ratings? What is the breakdown of companies that are recording ratings? What role do the larger builders play in all of this? We welcome back Ryan Meres, Program Director at RESNET to share with us some ins…
 
“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” -Jamias Cascio Governments are struggling to prepare for hazards and other disaster events they face, Communities cannot sustain in a chronic response mode. What goes into making a community event disastrous?What p…
 
“I think things happen for a reason.” -Dave Davies Changes in consumer buying patterns and preferences are a constant topic in every market, especially housing. How are the consumer sentiments changing due to disruptive technologies, yet alone the changes brought about in in a world dealing with a pandemic? What are some of the new areas that build…
 
“We’re all working together; that’s the secret.” -Sam Walton COVID-19 continues to impact nearly every area of life these days. What is RESNET is doing to manage the situation? In summary it involves three things: Staying patient. Being open to ideas. Maintaining the dialog. Today we are joined by RESNET leadership: Cardice Gray-Howard, deputy dire…
 
“To be a carpenter or a builder or a home inspector, you have to have that kind of visual brain where you can sort of imagine something being taken apart.” -Nick Petrie Even before the impact of the pandemic, the housing market was in a challenging time. The home building industry is certainly complicated in the physical world with all the componen…
 
“You do the best you can with what’s thrown at you, then you try again.” -Mario Andretti What does the Highway Bill, or HR 2 have to do with builders and raters? What has happened to the “builders tax credit” over the course of the last few months and what is store as we head towards and through the upcoming presidential election? Better known as 4…
 
“You change your business plan to anticipate and adapt to changes in the marketplace.” -Jon Feltheimer It seems like everyone is talking about change lately spurred in a large part by the global pandemic. Rolling with the changes, staying on mission, continuing to work towards your vision are no mean feats. How is the team at RESNET adapting the an…
 
“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” -Winston Churchill Disruptive trends exist in every segment of commerce. Residential construction is no exception. Between changing customer needs and demands, new materials, changing codes, changes in the workforce, and an increased demand for sustainability, all the pieces of the machine are in motio…
 
“Make no mistake about it: Change is hard, but change is necessary.” -Lori Lightfoot As organizations grow, systems, policies and procedures develop. Grasping the complexities of an organization can become daunting. Especially if you are new or “at the edges of contact” with the organization. It may be easy to feel disconnected. Organizations like …
 
“How come it’s given you the code? Someone up there likes me.” -Cathica and The Doctor from Doctor Who (S01E07) What does the future world of residential construction look like? What do opportunities lie for HERS raters in a code world? Yes, podcast listener someone likes you and will share the code. Chris McTaggart (The BER) and Ryan Meres (RESNET…
 
“Go out and collect data and, instead of having the answer, just look at the data and see if the data tells you anything.” -Steven Levitt With over 20% of all new homes being built in the US receiving a HERS rating, this repository of data can allow important trends in residential construction can be discerned. What does this data speak to in terms…
 
“Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought, performance and being.” -Robin S. Sharma In this time when the novel Coronavirus has impacted so many aspects of our daily lives in both personal and business aspects we often hear of the “new normal”. In the case of home energy ratings, wher…
 
“If you can't measure it, you can't improve it.” -Peter Drucker Over the last decade, what Americans pay for water and sewer service has increased three times faster than inflation or the price of food. How can builders and homeowners get a handle the amount of water being used without some kind of practical and usable metric for both new and exist…
 
Human beings are very good at adapting to what happens -John Hurt Building science is building science. Science doesn’t care. It just is. Applications for a HERS Rater’s knowledge of building science are out there. Sometimes where you’d least expect them. Recorded in April 2020, today’s topic is tuned in to the current pandemic, perhaps, in an unex…
 
“I grew up thinking that a research scientist was a natural thing to be.” Stephen Hawking There’s physical science. And there’s a kind of science as to how the mind works and how people achieve their dreams. Blend one-part plasma fusion physics with one-part commercial real estate and stir this in an open and creative mind and you have Peter Capuci…
 
Changes and progress are very rarely gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below. -Noam Chomsky The code development process is complex and time consuming. Yet the results drive much of the work done by raters. Insights into this process from a knowledgeable guide are immensely valuable. Join us as we speak with Ryan Meres, Program Dire…
 
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