Imagine going to a green building seminar, putting on your name tag, sitting in a large classroom, getting your fair dose of PowerPoint, and taking pages and pages of notes.
This podcast is nothing like that.
This is more like going to a cocktail lounge afterward with a couple of friends, who then talk about the forum you all just attended. Hence, the name: Green Architects' Lounge.
Join Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan as they discuss green building topics while sharing cocktail recipes, music preferences, and their professional experiences. This podcast is for those seeking “edutainment” while they work, exercise, travel, or sketch the beginnings of their next great project.
The theme music is "Zelda's Theme" by Perez Prado. If you like it, buy it from iTunes!
Chris Briley is a founding partner and principal architect at Briburn. He is a Maine licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional. In late 2012 he teamed up with Architect Harry Hepburn and founded Briburn, where they practice “architecture for life” and specialize in energy-efficient, environmentally friendly design. For seven years prior to this he was the principal architect and founder of the Green Design Studio in Yarmouth, Maine. Chris is an enthusiastic participant and part-time moderator for the Building Science Discussion Group in Portland, Maine, a founding member of the USGBCUnited States Green Building Council (USGBC). Organization devoted to promoting and certifying green buildings. USGBC created the LEED rating systems. Maine Chapter, and a founding member of the Maine PassivhausA residential building construction standard requiring very low levels of air leakage, very high levels of insulation, and windows with a very low U-factor. Developed in the early 1990s by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist, the standard is now promoted by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. To meet the standard, a home must have an infiltration rate no greater than 0.60 AC/H @ 50 pascals, a maximum annual heating energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (4,755 Btu per square foot), a maximum annual cooling energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (1.39 kWh per square foot), and maximum source energy use for all purposes of 120 kWh per square meter (11.1 kWh per square foot). The standard recommends, but does not require, a maximum design heating load of 10 W per square meter and windows with a maximum U-factor of 0.14. The Passivhaus standard was developed for buildings in central and northern Europe; efforts are underway to clarify the best techniques to achieve the standard for buildings in hot climates. Alliance. His accomplishments include the first LEED Gold certified home in New England, receiving a LEED Platinum rating for a spec home in Portland, and most recently, designing a Passivhaus under construction in Saco, Maine.
Phil Kaplan is an award-winning and oft-published architect whose Portland, Maine, firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects — with the motto “Beautiful, Sustainable, Attainable” — is committed to designing only vibrant, healthy, and low-energy buildings. He also serves as Professor at UMA's School of Architecture. His firm's recent accomplishments include the LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. Innovative Project Award for 2009 as well as three LEED Platinum homes.
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