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Edifice Complex Podcast  #015 – Kristof Irwin Resetting Our Expectations

Edifice Complex Podcast #015 – Kristof Irwin Resetting Our Expectations

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 160).   

Our guests this episode is host of the Building Science Podcast, Kristof Irwin talking about resetting our collective expectations of buildings.

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In this episode, we discuss;

1.  How energy is a technology, not just a fuel,

2.  Air filters can be a poignant moment in life!

3.  How “health is the new green”

And much more……

For more information on Kristof and his work;

 Web site:

Twitter: @kwhgeek


Podcast: The Building Science Podcast

Kristof 4-minute video: “Resetting Our Collective Expectations of Buildings”


Kristof Irwin, P.E., M Eng., is the Lead Engineer and Principal of Positive Energy, a company in Austin, Texas focused on residential mechanical design with a building science approach. Positive Energy’s mission is to change the way that society delivers conditioned space to itself. Building science sees buildings-climate-occupants as systems of systems. Positive Energy sees architects-builders-engineers-and many others as a system of systems too. The company is a strong advocate for best practices in enclosure design, residential mechanical design, residential plumbing design, construction administration, and commissioning – bringing the human factor to designing and delivering buildings.

Kristof’s background includes 12 years of experience as a custom builder (including deep energy retrofits and zero-net energy projects) and 9 years as a building science consultant. He worked for 14 years as an engineer, research scientist, and physicist for government and university research labs. He is active in the local and national high-performance building community including his role I’m as the Chair of AIA Austin’s Building Enclosure Committee, several ASHRAE committees – ASHRAE TC-2.1 (Physiology & Human Environment), ASHRAE SSPC-55 (Thermal comfort), ASHRAE SSPC-62.2 (Ventilation/IAQ), and the RESNET ANSI Standards Development Committee (SDC). Kristof hosts The Building Science Podcast to promote education and understanding in the public and on project teams. 

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