Podcast Episode 115 — Martin Holladay Redux!
Rebroadcast of an interview with our green building expert.
The guys have the week off for this episode, so we’re taking a second listen to Podcast Episode #37, an interview with Green Building Advisor editor Martin Holladay. We were not shooting video back then, so this is an audio-only podcast.
Martin built his first passive-solar house in northern Vermont in 1974, and he has lived off the grid since 1975. But he does not necessarily recommend off-grid housing in general, partly because of the environmental advantages of a connection to the grid and because of the cheap energy future that he sees coming, with a couple caveats. “It’s somewhat of a fetish for green builders and energy-efficiency nerds to say, ‘You can’t have too much insulation.’ Well, frankly, you can. Energy won’t be expensive forever, and energy won’t be dirty forever.” The guys have a lively discussion on the ways that the building trades can — and can’t — contribute to the fight against global warming.
Martin has worked as a Fine Homebuilding editor since 1999 and is now senior editor at both Fine Homebuilding and GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. His weekly blog at GBA, “Musings of an Energy Nerd,” focuses on energy-efficient residential construction.
Can’t get enough Martin? We’ve had him on the show three times in all. Here are the other two episodes:
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Links related to this episode:
- Musings of an Energy Nerd blog at GBA
- Martin’s articles on FineHomebuilding.com
- Batteries for off-grid homes
- A SIP roof repair in Wisconsin
- Flash-and-batt insulation
- A crash course in roof venting
- Insulating unvented roof assemblies
- Ice dams
- A new series from Mike Guertin on ice barriers.
- SIPs: Are they right for your next project?
- SIP airsealing
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
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