Venting About Ventilation, Heat Pumps, and Net Zero with the Buildings+Beyond Team


Sometimes it’s good to vent. Well, if you ask a Passive House expert, it’s always good to vent. So, that’s exactly what we did for this episode.

Based on popular demand, the Buildings and Beyond team took a more informal approach to this month’s episode and gathered for a roundtable discussion. With a mix of backgrounds and expertise, we came to the table with a different topic and shared our thoughts, findings, and of course, did some venting…

Here are the topics we discussed:

  1. Kelly – Ventilation [3:05]
  2. Robb – Electrifying domestic water heating [18:45]
  3. Dylan – All-electric commercial kitchens [35:00]
  4. Alex – Backup power generation in a zero-carbon world [49:45]

Episode Guests:

Robb head shot

Robb Aldrich

Principle Mechanical Engineer

Kelly Westby Headshot

Kelly Westby

Director, Building Operations, Decarbonization, and Efficiency

Image of Dylan Martello

Dylan Martello

Senior Building Systems Consultant

Alex head shot

Alex Mirabile

Client Engagement Specialist

Episode Information & Resources

Kelly’s Topic

Robb’s Topic

Alex’s Topic

Dylan’s Topic

  • Podcast episode on all-electric kitchens with Chris Galarza¬†
  • Everyone’s meal orders for all-electric vs. gas kitchen analysis:
      • Alex
        • Dinner
          • Seasonal Flatbreads
          • Tomato Soup
          • Asian Ahi Tuna
          • Hangar Steak
        • Breakfast
          • Heuvos Rancheros

      • Robb
        • Dinner
          • Roasted Cauliflower
          • Massaged Kale and Quinoa
        • Breakfast
          • Heuvos Rancheros
    • Kelly
      • Dinner
        • Duck Confit Sliders
        • Chowder
        • Massaged Kale and Quinoa
        • Short Ribs and Grits
        • Almond Cake
      • Breakfast
        • Smoothie Bowl

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Robb Aldrich | Kelly Westby

Production Team

Heather Breslin | Alex Mirabile | Dylan Martello


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