May 30, 2023
The term building science was born in the 80s, and today high-performance homes and energy efficiency are buzzwords used throughout the custom home building industry. Building science is the understanding of air, heat, and moisture flow. It’s been a journey to improve insulation and build tighter houses. Today, our guest shares his vast knowledge regarding energy efficiency and innovation. Gord Cooke joins us with a detailed breakdown of the opportunities facing the building industry and how we can overcome the hurdles in front of us when it comes to sustainability.
Show highlights include:
1:40 When I first got started in the industry “Building Science” wasn’t even a term. The early 1980’s was when it really started to get traction
4:27 We had to understand the science and the unintended consequences
5:59 Building Science is the study or air, heat, and moisture flow
9:44 Once we started adding insulation to homes we changed the drying capacity - that was the biggest change
11:52 Building Science should be viewed as another tool in the toolbag
17:40 You should make sure new products are properly tested and that you understand all installation guidelines and any inherent risks.
Every builder should have a relationship with a building science expert/building envelope consultant
21:53 the goal should always be: Healthier, safer, more durable, more comfortable while making it energy efficient
23:30 It’s really difficult to sell building science as an option - it should be baked in to how you build every time
27:37 Builders and remodelers should always be looking to make homes tighter and tighter from an air infiltration standpoint
33:20 It’s time to recalibrate our thinking and approach to building science
43:53 Reducing the carbon footprint of each home will become a real necessity
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