U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS Podcast Series
By EPA Indoor airPLUS
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This podcast series provides listeners with the opportunity to hear what experts are saying about improving indoor air quality in residential construction, healthier homes and green building in the new home industry. The podcasts focus on EPA’s Indoor airPLUS program, designed to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality and energy efficiency.
||Industry Leaders Report on Current New Homes Trends and Forecast the Future of the Housing Market||Energy and Environmental Building Alliance Board of Directors, Robert Broad from Pulte Homes and Gord Cooke of Building Knowledge, share with David Price (formerly with EPA), current and future perspectives in the home building industry with regards to indoor air quality, building and labeling practices and consumer awareness of healthier homes. Broad and Cooke walk listeners through how the industry has taken a proactive stance towards redefining and evaluating what is effective in labels and standards and what is not. In addition, they discuss how to move forward with these labels and standards so that consumers are engaged, educated and living healthier lives. By linking labeling and standardization practices with trust and quality, Broad and Cooke believe the public will realize that they too, along with home builders, can directly impact their own air quality and overall quality of life.||8/19/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sarah Susanka's “Not So Big” Home Design Approach Combines Indoor Air Quality and Healthier Living||Sarah Susanka, author of the “Not So Big House” series, discusses how finding and investing in a home that is built to last and healthy inside and out is about knowing how all the components of a home can affect overall quality of life. Educating contractors, architects, designers, and homeowners on programs like the Indoor airPLUS program and green building is key to addressing this problem. Understanding the whole home picture and making informed choices in design can greatly reduce the risk of living in a home with poor indoor air quality.||7/26/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rebecca Morley, National Center for Healthy Housing: Building Healthier Homes for Families||Rebecca Morley, Executive Director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, discusses her work in helping to create healthy and safe homes for children and their families. Ms. Morley explains how earning an Indoor airPLUS label is a step in the right direction toward ensuring good indoor air quality in a home and reducing health risks for its occupants. Builders and verifiers will learn how building Indoor airPLUS qualified new homes can combat the environmental triggers that you may find in an unhealthy home.||7/8/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Becoming an Indoor airPLUS Verifier||In this podcast, Justin Erickson of E3 Energy and an Indoor airPLUS recognized leader, shares the benefits of incorporating Indoor airPLUS into new homes for verifier, builders, and consumers. You will learn why E3 Energy began building healthier homes and how the company has expanded over the years by adding Indoor airPLUS features to its new homes. Erikson also discusses his role as a verifier in working with builders and promoting the ease and benefits of building Indoor airPLUS homes. Verifiers and builders will learn more about the process of building and verifying an Indoor airPLUS qualified home as well as how to become an Indoor airPLUS verifier. Erickson gives insight into the Indoor airPLUS program that only a seasoned verifier can provide.||5/25/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Verifier Perspective: Evolving Your Business and Getting to Your Bottom line, interview with Paul Kreisher, Lightly Treading||Anne Rancourt speaks with Paul Kreisher of Lightly Treading Incorporated on evolving your business and getting to your bottom line. Lightly Treading is the leader in rating Indoor airPLUS homes in Colorado.||4/1/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Verifier Perspective: Taking the Home Verifying Industry to a New Level||Kelly Parker, President of Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems Incorporated, a leading Indoor airPLUS verifying organization, discusses how the Indoor airPLUS labeling program is advantageous for the home rating industry and a growing concern of customers. Verifiers and builders will learn how easy Indoor airPLUS is to implement and how it allows them to increase the services they offer and take building practices to a new level.||3/16/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Verifier Perspective: Meeting the Verification Needs of Builders and Homebuyers||Gary Fries of ASERusa discusses how verifiers and builders differentiate themselves by building and verifying EPA’s Indoor airPLUS qualified homes especially in the mid-west. Verifiers will learn how the Indoor airPLUS label, which is the highest standard in indoor air quality construction, is a common sense approach to satisfying consumer demand for healthier homes.||3/16/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Homebuyers Concerned with Living Healthy at Home||Dave Price (formerly with EPA) discusses the importance of good indoor air quality and how builders can address home buyers' concerns about the air quality in new homes with EPA’s Indoor airPLUS program. Builders also will learn how building healthier and green homes can distinguish them in the housing market.||2/16/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Constructing Improved Homes with Indoor airPLUS||Eric Werling (U.S. Dept. of Energy) and David Price (formerly with EPA) discuss the construction features and building techniques of Indoor airPLUS qualified homes, how the program benefits homebuilders, and why Indoor airPLUS qualified homes resonate with home buyers.||12/28/2009||Free||View In iTunes|