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Episode 26: Women in Construction with Heather Thompson

Episode 26: Women in Construction with Heather Thompson

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. For the month of October we are very excited to have some stellar female guests join us on the podcast. The movement #moveoverbob is gaining some traction on highlighting the brilliant women who work in the construction industry. So today we had the pleasure of talking with Heather Thompson, Owner of Thompson Johnson Woodworks, Inc. Not only is Heather in the minority 9% of females in construction, she’s also highly focused on building science and best building practices for current and future generations. We are lucky enough to have Heather here in our home state of Maine. We took the opportunity to sit down with her to hear more about what she’s doing in the world of construction.

Episode 25: Landscape Architecture with Kerry Lewis

Episode 25: Landscape Architecture with Kerry Lewis

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. For the month of October we are very excited to have some steller female guests join us on the podcast. The movement #moveoverbob is gaining some traction on highlighting the brilliant women who work in the construction industry. So today we had the pleasure of talking with Kerry Lewis, a landscape architect and colleague. She gives a lot of valuable insight on how to prep a site, how not to start from scratch, how to incorporate native plantings, and why it’s so important to have a plan and work with a landscape architect to spend less on your landscape in the long run. Better planning = better projects.

Episode 24: Climate Change...Say What?

Episode 24: Climate Change...Say What?

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. So, unless you had your head buried in the sand, you probably heard something about the UN Climate Summit in NYC this week. Sadly, the US didn’t speak - in fact we said nothing - which pretty much stands to reason that our current administration plans to stick with pulling out of the Paris Accords - and even if they don’t - they’ve pulled back so many EPA policies that we are not on track to meet any of the goals! - Yikes. So when it’s just me on my soapbox, i’m going to try and keep these podcasts short. But they say you should talk about the things you’re passionate about and this is something I am passionate about. So tell me what your thoughts on climate change are.

Climate Action Summit 2019

How do buildings contribute to climate change?

Buildings generate nearly 40% of annual global GHG emissions.

New Research Shows Zero Carbon Buildings Are Possible Where You Might Least Expect Them

World Resources Institute

Accelerating Building Decarbonization: Eight Attainable Policy Pathways to Net Zero Carbon Buildings For All

Climate Change - SEIA

Recycling & End-of-Life Considerations for Photovoltaics

Episode 23: Climate Strike 2019

Episode 23: Climate Strike 2019

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England.

Learn about the cause:

Global Climate Strike

Strike With Us

Fridays For Future

History - School Strike for Climate

How to participate in your area:

https://strikewithus.org/#sign_up

https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/events/map

Articles on the strike and climate change:

Fast And Company

USA Today

Science Alert

Climate Change

And so much more - start your climate change research today!

Episode 22: Air Sealing with SIGA's Tape Ninja Ken

Episode 22: Air Sealing with SIGA's Tape Ninja Ken

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. Air sealing is one of the most critical parts of build a high performance home. This week we invited Ken Kiefer from SIGA to join us to talk about air sealing, products, and how to make it easier for the industry to build tighter buildings. We definitely subscribe to the philosophy “Build it right, Build it tight” so having Ken on the podcast was so much fun. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Episode 21: Building a Business With High Performance Homes in Mind

Episode 21: Building a Business With High Performance Homes in Mind

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. This week, in honor of Labor Day, I wanted to talk more about the business of architecture. Today I answer a couple of questions that other architects, builders, and students have asked me in the past about starting a business with a specialty in energy efficiency.

Episode 20: Embodied Carbon With Mike Maines

Episode 20: Embodied Carbon With Mike Maines

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. This week we invited our good friend and frequent guest, Mike Maines, back to the podcast to talk about embodied carbon. If you follow along with any of the Paris Climate Agreement or Climate Change in general, you maybe have heard we need to get a handle on our carbon emissions sooner rather than later. In today’s podcast we talk about what that means for the building sector and you as a homeowner building or renovating your home.

Episode 19: A Discussion on PassivHaus with Naomi at PassivHaus Maine

Episode 19: A Discussion on PassivHaus with Naomi at PassivHaus Maine

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. This week we invited our friend and colleague Bob Swinburne to join us and talk about semi customizable plan sets like his Vermont Simple House project and our semi custom division at Mottram Architecture. We talk about why we think it’s an important and under served section of the market, what potential panelization might play in future builds, and the importance of having the architect be an advocate for the homeowner through the construction process.