EP118 Santa Fe's Habitat for Humanity Homes achieve HERS-ZERO scores with Rob Lochner and David Best
Release Date: 07/10/2023
Whatever good things we build end up building us. -Jim Rohn In today’s episode we chat with Michael Lee coordinator of the Construction Technology Program at Texarkana College in Texarkana, TX. We learn of his back story which led him to this role. He thoughtfully describes the approach he has taken to build the construction technology department at Texarkana College. Michael describes the students that come through the program, where they come from, what they’re taught, and where they end up working. He spends extra effort in enriching his instruction by...info_outline EP121 Back Together and Stronger, the RESNET 2023 Conference with Clara Hedrick & Emma Bennett
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress; working together is success. -Edward Everett Hale On today’s podcast we welcome Clara Hedrick and Emma Bennett to give us up to date and inside information about the Upcoming RESNET conference: Nov 15-17, 2023 in San Diego, CA. Since the last face to face conference was in 2020, and after virtual conferences in 2021 and 2022, Emma shares what will be the same and what will be different as compared to past conferences. We also over a few of the specific events that attendees can look forward to as well as recommend...info_outline EP120 Energy Efficient Homebuilding at Scale with Robert Broad of AMH Development
Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good. -Jochen Zeitz In this episode of the RESTalk podcast we are joined by Robert Broad, Senior Vice President of Development at AMH (NYSE: AMH), where he oversees new home and community development operations - including land acquisition, land development, purchasing, product development, and construction. Robert shares with us AMH’s focus on a desire to create more energy efficient homes using scalable techniques and measurable goals. During this conversation we learn of some new and...info_outline EP119 RESNET appoints a new ESG Advisory Group with Matthew Cooper, PEG
Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It is a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance. -Ban Ki-moon ESG has become an integral factor in the financial world. The Structured Finance Association estimates that $11.6 trillion, or $1 of every $4 invested in the United States, was invested under ESG investment strategies. RESNET® HERS® Ratings are increasingly becoming the metric for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting on the energy performance...info_outline EP118 Santa Fe's Habitat for Humanity Homes achieve HERS-ZERO scores with Rob Lochner and David Best
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” -Albert Schweitzer Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to help families build and improve places to call home. In the process developing strong and stable communities with affordable housing. Often household utility costs make affordability a challenge. What factors need to fall into place to address this challenge of affordability? How are cozy, comfortable, attractive homes that use no net energy being built in the Habit for Humanity model? Join us as Rob Lochner, Construction Director at Habit for...info_outline EP117 Learning more about the HERS Index and Texas House Bill 3215 with James Rodriguez and Ned Munoz
“The trend is your friend.” -Mark Zweig With Texas as the leading state in new home starts, we can expect some housing trends first to arise there. Why was House Bill 3215 developed and enacted in Texas? What entities and organizations participated in developing the language in the bill? How will this impact the HERS industry in Texas and elsewhere? Joining us on today’s podcast is Ned Munoz, V.P. of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel at Texas Association of Builders, and James Rodriguez, Executive Vice President at Fox Energy Specialists. James shares with us the...info_outline EP116 RESNET Data Sheds Light on Energy Efficient Home Trends with Ryan Meres
“Data is the most valuable asset in the world.” - Brittany Kaiser Housing trends have significant importance to the RESNET community. In addition to tracking progress with RESNET HERS Ratings, the hundreds of data points collected on each home provide insights into the trends in energy efficiency, component selection and electrification. What are some of the latest trends in HERS Rated homes? What value can this data provide to all the stakeholders in RESNET? RESTALK welcomes back RESNET’s Program Director, Ryan Meres, to share with us some insights he has...info_outline EP115 The New RESNET Embodied Carbon Advisory Committee with Chris Magwood from RMI
“Doing your best in this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” -Oprah Winfrey A critical element in the decarbonization of homes is the embodied carbon produced in the construction of homes. As the current RESNET Carbon Index® only covers the carbon produced due to energy used in a home, what do we do next? What type of standards exists to perform this assessment? What are the challenges and roadmap ahead? Recently, the RESNET Board of Directors formally authorized the creation of an effort to explore the development of a residential embodied...info_outline EP114 Meet the new RESNET Board leaders, Mark Johnson & Cy Kilbourn
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren Bennis What are some of the qualities embodied in outstanding board leaders? Someone who has experience in business leadership roles. A person that has a proven track record in developing and executing strategy. Someone who demonstrates a forward-thinking mentality. In today’s podcast, we are joined by two outstanding board leaders, Mark Johnson, Executive VP and Director of Business Development at the International Code Council, and Cy Kilbourn, Vice President of Engineering at Ekotrope. We...info_outline EP113 Update on RESNET Carbon Index with Philip Fairey and David Goldstein
“The big picture doesn’t just come from distance; it also comes from time.” -Simon Sinek Climate change is becoming an increasing concern. The private sector, individuals as well as state, local and federal governments are seeking to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As the energy used in all buildings, including homes, is cited as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, how do these entities get an accurate metric on emissions?Is there a way to use this info to address when energy is used in a home?As well as how much home energy...info_outline
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing.”
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to help families build and improve places to call home. In the process developing strong and stable communities with affordable housing.
Often household utility costs make affordability a challenge.
What factors need to fall into place to address this challenge of affordability?
How are cozy, comfortable, attractive homes that use no net energy being built in the Habit for Humanity model?
Join us as Rob Lochner, Construction Director at Habit for Humanity, Santa Fe and David Best, HERS Rater with Evergreen Building Solutions (www.evergreenbuildingsolutions.com/) share with us the fascinating story of how 15 NetZero / HERS-ZERO homes have been built in the Habitat for Humanity program in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
David describes some of the straightforward technical practices and measures that have been used as the program has evolved since 2020.
While these homes are attracting interest and providing influence, Rob shares insights into what seems to be preventing more widespread adoption of these practices in more projects.
To learn more or contact our guests, refer to the links below.
Links for our guests:
Rob Lochner: [email protected]
Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity Website: https://santafehabitat.org/habitat-homes/
Albuquerque Journal Story:
RESTalk: To the RESNET community, we hear you and want to engage.
Learn more at www.RESNET.us
Or for more info on this topic contact RESNET at [email protected]