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3P Theory is the podcast for AEC professions seeking to elevate their knowledge on green building strategies and practical design collaboration for sustainable mindsets. Bringing you change-makers, innovators and sustainable leaders whose projects and careers have positively impacted the industry. If you're looking to get inspired, motivated, and fired up to take ACTION towards a greener planet you're in right place.
 
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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“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…
 
“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…
 
“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 …
 
“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…
 
“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…
 
“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…
 
“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…
 
In this episode Serene Al-Momen with Senseware PhD, Michele Pitale, and Devesh Nirmul with CouterpointSRE speak about the emerging challenges brought about by COVID-19 and its impact on the design of the buildings, impacts on human health and air quality, and other outcomes. In this digital age, it is important for building owners, managers, and de…
 
The pandemic has brought greater awareness to and appreciation of energy efficient building design. The C-PACE financing mechanism highlights an important metric: savings-to-investment ratio. Additionally, existing buildings are being repurposed and retrofitted to adapt to the "new normal" to maintain operations and keep tenants and guests safe. Ke…
 
In this week's episode we chat with Tosh Dutt of ChargeNet about the advantages of microgrids over larger utility grids, battery storage and the exciting future of electric vehicles. Tosh Dutt is a subject matter expert in distributed energy resources and EV charging, and has successfully built mature startups and new units in large companies. TOSH…
 
In this week's episode we chat with Tosh Dutt of ChargeNet about the advantages of microgrids over larger utility grids, battery storage and the exciting future of electric vehicles. Tosh Dutt is a subject matter expert in distributed energy resources and EV charging, and has successfully built mature startups and new units in large companies. TOSH…
 
With regards to existing buildings, it is not usually the lack of suitable equipment that holds back deep energy efficiency. The two-part question posed by owners is often, “How can we justify the additional expense to build or retrofit a building to meet our goals, and how do we do it in a way that generates returns on invested capital?”In this ep…
 
We can survive for weeks without food and days without water. Yet, we can only survive a few minutes without air. It comes at no surprise that the impact of air quality on health is significant. Healthy air leads to less sick days and higher productivity. Join us on the 3P Theory podcast this week with Stanton Wong as we discuss more on air quality…
 
Fitwel is one of the fastest growing health and wellbeing certifications. During difficult, uncertain times like we’re currently going through, focusing on the health and wellbeing of employees, tenants, and residents is crucial for maintaining business continuity. Join us for another episode with Jonna Frank with The Center for Active Design where…
 
In this episode of 3P Theory we explore how people can effectively transition back into the workplace as the COVID-19 crisis hopefully begins to die down over the following months. Also discussed is how building owners and managers, tenants, and other occupants can come together to find solutions to make the workplace “safe” again in the new normal…
 
On average, 50-60% of municipal water is being used for landscape irrigation purposes, and it is observed that is a staggering trend of overwatering in Texas alone. Due to this, governments will predictably increase prices on this vital resource. In order to effectively promote water conservation, it is important to use the vernacular of project de…
 
“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…
 
On average, 50-60% of municipal water is being used for landscape irrigation purposes, and it is observed that is a staggering trend of overwatering in Texas alone. Due to this, governments will predictably increase prices on this vital resource. In order to effectively promote water conservation, it is important to use the vernacular of project de…
 
The US Environmental Protection Agency named indoor air quality as one of the top 5 health threats in the U.S. That’s because we are spending 90% of our time indoors. Are you aware of the benefits of bipolar ionization technology? Bipolar ionization is essential in our lives since it focuses on purifying the air as opposed to the filtration offered…
 
Commissioning ensures that each step of the design process is documented for the protection of the contractor, designers and owners in order to deliver a project that works from the beginning and can be operated by the building’s facilities staff. Obviously, commissioning is no small task and can have wide ranging effects on a project, so are you p…
 
Solar co-ops organize 50 to 100 neighbors in a group to go solar together. People love the community approach. Qualified experts support you through each stage of the solar process and members leverage bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation, while still signing individual contracts that ensure the right system fo…
 
“The only think I have learnt over the years is that if you enjoy your work and put in best efforts it will show. If you follow this process, things work out. But if you go chasing a formula, success will elude you.” Mahesh Babu While building his own house, John Semmelhack’s innate curiosity grew as he researched the best was to design and build a…
 
As environmental policies and energy codes around the US become more stringent and push the bar on energy efficiency, design firms are faced with the challenge of addressing high performance design while balancing client expectations to deliver projects under budget and on time. In some parts of the country mandatory building benchmarking & reporti…
 
Air pollution is perceived as a modern-day curse: a by-product of increasing urbanization and industrialization. It does, however, have a long and evolving history with interesting transitions in line with economic, technological and political change. Every time we drive to school, use our heater or air conditioner, clean our windows, or even style…
 
The green building movement has both benefited and been harmed by the development of green building rating systems. The benefit is that the rating systems have introduced people to the issues of ecological design in easy to grasp pieces. The harm has occurred because people think that green design is about simply adding these pieces to a project; p…
 
Most businesses rely on abundant water to operate. Access to uninterrupted water is expected to be as reliable as electricity. While energy conservation programs have become established and have documented cost savings to support them, water costs have remained low and water conservation has not been a major initiative for many companies. Energy co…
 
“True genius lies not in doing the extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” General Louis H. Wilson, Jr. Building science principles are few and fairly straightforward; ordinary, perhaps. HAM: A lot of it amounts to control the flow of Heat, Air and Moisture. But, like so many things in this world, the devil is in t…
 
What is the best way for you to position your building from a valuation standpoint? Are there strategies that designers can use to collaborate better with developers & building owners to improve the market value of high performance buildings? Because these buildings are different, owners have had to change not only how they design, build, and marke…
 
May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin Yep, Radon is force of evil. Pure evil. Colorless. Odorless. Deadly. But sneaky. It’s deadly over decades. My good friend Dick Kornbluth joins me to unravel the intricacies of all aspects of Radon – a colorless, odorless, poisonous radioactive gas. Dick explains how and …
 
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean While we picked a specific topic, this is a wide-ranging episode with my friend in the industry, Eric Stromquist of Stromquist.com – 2nd generation controls distributor based out of Atlanta, GA. We discuss our thoughts and opinions on: How…
 
Most utilities have funds that are available for owners/developers to help offset the first cost premium of energy efficiency projects, while maximizing long-term operational savings. To encourage energy efficiency, governments, utilities and other organizations offer energy efficiency and other financial incentives to make energy efficiency more a…
 
To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha HVAC and building performance contractors are seeing more homes built or retrofit to tighter levels. Blower door test outs like 3, 2, 1 ACH50 or less. What do you do when the “house can’t breathe?” Hopefully, you see the humor in that …
 
Most utilities have funds that are available for owners/developers to help offset the first cost premium of energy efficiency projects, while maximizing long-term operational savings. To encourage energy efficiency, governments, utilities and other organizations offer energy efficiency and other financial incentives to make energy efficiency more a…
 
In this age of high technology and Jedi Knights, we often overlook the need of personal involvement, but we do so at our own risk. William H. McRaven (American Solider) Attention all HVAC Techs: Soon someone will be looking over your shoulder. Not it’s not the Homeowner, with severe coffee breath and a million little questions, it’s going to be a H…
 
To successfully meet the challenges of today's business world, organizations and universities play a huge role in educating the next generation of sustainability leaders. In the AEC industry this is critical to tackling design issues towards more energy efficient and resilient buildings. Betsy DelMonte of Cameron MacAllister brings her devoted inte…
 
Comfy's mission is to create great relationships between people and their workplace. We empower people to inform and control their workplace experiences to suit their personal needs and preferences. Our people-centered approach, machine learning, and data insights help companies create satisfying, productive experiences that adapt to people’s dynam…
 
With over 463 Million Square Feet of commercial building space and over 1,000 member organizations, 2030 Districts are rapidly emerging as a new model for urban sustainability. 2030 Districts are organizations led by the private sector, with local building industry leaders uniting around a shared vision for sustainability and economic growth – whil…
 
With over 463 Million Square Feet of commercial building space and over 1,000 member organizations, 2030 Districts are rapidly emerging as a new model for urban sustainability. 2030 Districts are organizations led by the private sector, with local building industry leaders uniting around a shared vision for sustainability and economic growth – whil…
 
Passive house is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building's ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. Passive House Institute US, Inc. (PHIUS) is now the leading passive building standard setting, research and informat…
 
Kaizen Endevors is a minority/woman-owned renewable energy consulting and green environment-coaching firm. Lisa and her team believe in educating and empowering individuals and corporations to sustain the environment and the planet by utilizing natural energy sources. In this episode Lisa takes us behind the scenes to discuss the challenges and opp…
 
The HVAC industry has an opportunity to serve as a catalyst to building owners and designers, encouraging the achievement of sustainability goals. The Internet of Things is growing, enabling the systems and appliances we use most to communicate with us in new ways. HVAC trends are beginning to incorporate these capabilities. ASHRAE will play a key …
 
As governments of all scales consider options for meeting deep greenhouse gas reduction goals, attention has turned to how to achieve higher performance design from new construction in the building sector, which is responsible for more than 40% of emissions in most urban areas. In Texas specifically, the 2015 IECC has been a game changer and a huge…
 
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