The Building Science Podcast buzzes with enthusiasm for healthy, sustainable buildings that respect the human factor and save energy.


The Building Science Podcast is a production of Positive Energy, a residentially focused engineering firm in Austin.

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This is one long-form podcast I watch for in my feed so I can set aside time (typically an hour) on a flight or long drive to really listen. They’ve been podcasting since 2015 when they grabbed my attention with an episode about PCM. The hosts explore various technical aspects of the built environment from a people-centric perspective.

Photo of Podcast co-host Kristof Irwin, PE, on Energy Priorities
Podcast co-host Kristof Irwin, PE

The second decade of the AIA 2030 Commitment is approaching. In this example episode of Building Science, architect Nathan Kipnis FAIA of Chicago’s Kipnis Architecture + Planning talks about sustainability in the firm’s culture, the energy focus and getting client commitments. Over 500 A/E/P firms have adopted the AIA 2030 Commitment, launched in 2009 to support the 2030 Challenge. Kipnis is an architecture school graduate of my alma mater Arizona State University and Co-chair of the AIA National 2030 Commitment Working Group.

Podcast co-hosts Kristof Irwin PE and Miguel Walker dive into the topic of the month with wide-eyed fascination. Irwin is a principal of the firm and its lead engineer. Walker is Positive Energy’s chief rainmaker and a board member of Passive House Austin. The duo does a good job of keeping up a monthly podcast schedule. Production quality varies, but the discussions are always thought provoking and deserve a place in the environment podcast anthology.

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