Special edition - roundtable discussion

I’ve found through my years of homebuilding experiences that the professionals I work with on a project frequently operate in “silos”, or autonomously from one another. While I may have a lot of one on one interaction with each specialist, it’s generally uncommon for the people I work with to get a chance to interact with each other during the course of a project.

As progress continues on the construction of this eco-friendly home that may very well become our retirement home, I’ve put my decades of homebuilding experience to work. I envisioned this project being one where the professionals I work with see a lot of interaction with one another. Accomplishing this is not always an easy task - foundation contractors, architects, and engineers are usually very busy people and most don’t really have the opportunity to do much more than build off of the work the previous professionals did on a project.

I’ve learned that the more interaction the professionals I work with have with each other, the more these experts whose help I enlist begin to look like a team. It also helps that I am not a novice when it comes to building homes, so I have a great deal to talk with them about. I definitely think that this level of communication will yield a superior product in the end, the home my wife and I will move into at the conclusion of the project.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the architects who designed my new home, Rick Staub and Greg Echtman of Point One Architects along with George Keithan, a consulting engineer who is assisting with the renewable energy portion of the project. My friend and fellow eco-friendly homebuilder Bill Zdon joined us for this roundtable discussion as well.

In doing this project, I’ve had the opportunity to learn a great deal, and pass along what I’ve learned to you. It’s not every day that you get to pick the brains of some of the most knowledgable people in their respective industries, let alone get them in the same room. Even though this video is a bit longer than the others, I think you’ll find the subject material interesting.

During our discussion, we covered two main subjects - air-to-air exchangers and HVAC systems, as well as the role windows play in the energy efficiency of a home. I believe more knowledge is key to making informed decisions when it comes to building a new home, so I hope you enjoy this lively discussion.

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