My new role at GBA has me talking to a lot of builders. It’s one of the things I like most about my job. On a recent episode of the BS* + Beer Show, Michael Maines, Emily Mottram, Travis Brungardt, and I talked about how we arrived at our respective professions. I really enjoyed hearing from each of them, and followed it up with a Q&A with Travis because I wanted to learn more about him. Similarly, Emily invited me onto her podcast because she felt the same about me. What I realized is that the building science community is tight. Again and again, I hear how appreciative builders and designers are to learn from one another. I believe that is why GBA’s Q&A forum is so popular—even after two decades. All of this is to say, we benefit from getting to know each other, so I’ve decided to make Q&A posts a more regular thing.
Because Ben Bogie recently moved back to his hometown of New Milford, Connecticut, which happens to be close to where I live, I found myself visiting the project he is working on these days. It’s a Passive House designed by Richard Pedranti, and because it has some unusual details, we plan to feature it in Fine Homebuilding magazine. During my walkthrough with Ben, I got the sense that he is someone driven by science. I was right. He is also a second-generation builder who came up in his trade with a firm grounding in green building principles. This is where I’ll pick up with our conversation.
Kiley Jacques: Give us a little bio background to start.
Ben Bogie: In the late 1970s, influenced by the oil embargoes and energy crisis, my dad and…