How 2 Build Green: The Sustainability Podcast

The How 2 Build Green Podcast is a sustainable lifestyle podcast. Focusing on how we live in not only our homes and buildings but how we interact with the planet. We are accelerating change in the way we live and the way we consume the Earth's resources. This is also designed to give you specific how to information that you can integrate in your own life. Some might be thinking about building their own home, becoming a sustainable building contractor, or just living a more organic and free life. You’re in the right place if this sounds meaningful to you!
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May 4, 2017

We discuss greywater systems.  These systems make huge contributions toward water conservation. A greywater system is the perfect fit for your eco home! Self sustainable living, eco house design, green home design, building a house checklist, greywater systems, residential greywater systems, greywater definition, greywater treatment, greywater recycling systems

Apr 14, 2017

We discuss earthen floors and some very cool diy products.  These are some of the most awesome floors for your eco home! Self sustainable living, eco house design, green home design, building a house checklist

Mar 9, 2017

Jerome Osentowski and I discuss a greenhouse system called the Climate Battery.  This is very simple greenhouse design or diy greenhouse. This system takes hot air in a greenhouse and stores it underground in inexpensive foundation pipes.  And during the night when cold temperatures set in, it releases the warm air via small fans back into the greenhouse.  It will do the opposite in hot climates!  This is a really cool system that will allow you to eat organic and lower your food expenses!

Feb 24, 2017

In this episode with Ian Woofenden of Home Power Magazine, we discuss off grid home design as it relates to renewable energy.  And we discuss the motivations for living in an off grid home. Topics include:

  • Off grid home design
  • Solar / Photovoltaic systems
  • Solar hot water systems
  • Wind energy
  • Hydro systems
  • Biomass   
  • Living green
  • Passive house plans
  • Sustainable house
  • And More!!
Mar 2, 2016

The SURE HOUSE is a project at Stevens Institute of Technology that is leading innovation in sustainable home building in coastal areas and beyond.  These guys just won the Solar Decathlon by the US Department of Energy.  But don't be fooled, many of the same processes, techniques, materials etc. are relevant in many regions not just coastal areas.  

Feb 18, 2016

We talk with Kelly Hart about earthbag building.  As a natural building proponent, I am really getting excited about the possibilities with this basic sustainable building material.  Think about it. We can use a product that in many cases can be used directly from the sit = low embodied energy.  There is missing audio about 5 minutes in...but just keep listening.  It is good information regarding earthbag homes and low cost building.

Nov 11, 2015

What elements make up sustainable / ecological building -- and which building style is right for you?  How do we create healthy homes for ourselves? These are the questions that this webinar, converted to a podcast, addresses.

Oct 29, 2015

This podcast is taken from a Q&A webinar on Healthy Sustainable Homes.  It is a two part series with the next part to follow in one week.  The focus is defining green, sustainable, and natural building. Additionally, what elements make up a sustainable home and what should be considered.

Sep 18, 2015

Adam Fries of How 2 Build Green (that’s me!) presents How to be Your Own Contractor: Sustainably as a webinar that has been converted into a podcast.  About halfway through the podcast/converted webinar, I take questions from attendees - Q&A.  If your interested in potentially being your own contractor of your new home or remodel, this is for you.  Adam has been a contractor and designer of sustainable and natural homes in Durango, CO for 12+ years.  

Sep 10, 2015


Clarke Snell's area of focus has been research, development, and low-carbon footprint building systems. Initially, his focus was on site-harvested or recycled materials, but in recent years, he has been looking at industrial materials, and most notably,  lowering the environmental footprint of concrete. With a team at University of North Carolina Charlotte, he has been working to integrate a new material, geopolymer cement concrete, into an innovative building envelope system that utilizes existing  precast concrete technology.

Aug 27, 2015

Andrew Morrison is passionate about straw bale construction and sharing his knowledge to others. He has a wealth of experience in designing and building conventional, tiny, and straw bale homes. After years of building, he has moved his practice entirely to consulting and teaching. Straw bale houses are cool!

Aug 19, 2015


Ross Beck Operations and HR Manager for Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. He drafted his first tiny houses as a high school freshman and 30 years later lived in a tiny house. In the tiny house, he learned how easy it was to live in such a small carbon footprint, because he had so much less stuff to deal with and everything had its place.  He learned to live at a human scale!

Jul 30, 2015

Rev. Bingham has been voted one of the top 15 Green Religious Leaders. She is an Episcopal priest and the Environmental Minister at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. Bingham previously served on the board of Environmental Defense and San Francisco’s Commission on the Environment, and has earned many accolades for her work, including the Green Power Leadership Pilot Award and the 2002 Energy Globe Award. She heads The Regeneration Project which addresses environmental concerns from a faith perspective. The Regeneration Project is an interfaith ministry devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith.

Jul 30, 2015

Chris Magwood is the Executive Director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school based in Peterborough Ontario.  In 2012, his organization built “Canada's Greenest Home”, an amazing example of sustainable building practices applied in a mainstream, urban setting. Chris has written books and articles on the “building green” subject, including his book, Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide for Sustainable Construction. Chris is an absolute inspiration and one of the top change makers in the sustainable building industry!

Jul 30, 2015

Michael Reynolds is the creator of the epitome of sustainable design and construction, THE EARTHSHIP.  It is arguably the most eco-friendly and energy efficient design of all sustainable building methods. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building. Michael is a noted architect, a biotect, if you will, and has amassed  an incredible collection of building, media, and legislative accomplishments worldwide, through his career.