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Sustainable Home Catalyst

Ben Hildebrandt - Sustainable Home Enthusiast

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Latest Episodes

Everything You Need to Know About Home Renovations – Coming in 2019 – SHC009

In this episode I discuss my content plans for 2019 and beyond

6 MINJAN 2
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Everything You Need to Know About Home Renovations – Coming in 2019 – SHC009

Green Homes VS Sustainable Homes – SHC008

For the past several decades a movement has been slowly growing. This movement is toward taking better care of our planet, toward not depleting its many natural resources and not poisoning its delicate ecosystem through the chemicals we use or garbage we produce. Efforts to protect earth by the way we live and work have often been called “being environmentally friendly.” Another term often used is “being green.” Many have applied this movement of being green to the homes we live in. They apply these green principles in 2 main areas: Using materials that do not deplete natural resources and are not harmful to the earth during their useful life or when they are disposed of.Designing a home that does not require as much energy to operate and be comfortable in and also utilizes the sun to provide energy through solar electricity and passive or active solar heating. Homes that apply these principles to be more environmentally friendly are often referred to as green homes. Photo byDan...

15 MIN2018 DEC 30
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Green Homes VS Sustainable Homes – SHC008

Eco Interior Design with Erica Reiner – SHC007

44 MIN2018 AUG 6
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Eco Interior Design with Erica Reiner – SHC007

7 Simple and Cheap Ways to Save Water Around Your Home – SHC006

How you can help save the whales (not exactly)without blowing your budget. I remember lining up at the drinking fountain in elementary school waiting my turn. We used to give each other a hard time for taking to long and drinking too much and we used to say, “Hey! Save some for the whales!” In most areas of the world the amount of water we drink is not very directly linked to the health of whales in the ocean; It is however linked to the availability of freshwater in the areas we live in, some of which can experience droughts occasionally or even regularly. In most parts of North America we also pay for the water we use. While it is often not that expensive, it is often also linked to the amount we pay for sewage treatment, thus using less water in and around our home will often reduce the amount of our water and sewage bills. So what can we do to save water around our home? The good news is that the vast majority of things you can do to save water around your home are a few hundr...

10 MIN2018 JUL 24
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7 Simple and Cheap Ways to Save Water Around Your Home – SHC006

16 Simple and Cheap Ways to Save Energy Around Your Home – SHC005

Improving Sustainability in Existing Homes I really enjoy dreaming about renovating my existing home to make it much more efficient and also someday building my own sustainable home. For me (and most others) building a new home or completing a major renovation is way out of reach for financial or other reasons. While it may make me feel warm and fuzzy when I have these sustainable dreams, I want to be able to do something now to make my home more sustainable. I want to reduce my costs and also increase my comfort and enjoyment in my house as it is now….without incurring high costs. Luckily, there are quite a few things that can be done in an existing home to make it more sustainable, many of which are relatively cheap or even free. I want to focus on these over a couple of posts to give you solutions that you can use without blowing your budget. First, I would like to address a couple of potential questions: What Do I Mean By Cheap? I haven’t set a hard line as to what I consider ...

35 MIN2018 MAR 25
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16 Simple and Cheap Ways to Save Energy Around Your Home – SHC005

Environmentally Sustainable Homes – SHC004

The Basics of Environmentally Sustainable Homes. In this post we will be discussing these questions: What makes homes or the materials used in them damaging to the environment? How you can know if materials used in your home are environmentally friendly? How can you reduce energy use in your home? How can you make your home more environmentally friendly? How Can Your Home be Damaging to the Environment? There are many ways that your home can be damaging to the environment and I will discuss a few of the major ones here: Energy Use Depletion of Natural Resources Damage to Natural Habitats 1. Energy Use One of the main ways (and sometimes the largest contributor) to your home being damaging to the environment is through energy consumption. In many parts of North America... or the world for that matter, energy is produced by burningfossil fuels which create emissions and deplete nonrenewable resources. If we are able to use less energy than we reduce the amount of pollution going into ...

26 MIN2018 FEB 1
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Environmentally Sustainable Homes – SHC004

My Quest for Sustainability – SHC003

What do I want to get from making my home and my life more sustainable? How do I plan on getting there? I have always wanted to have a career that would allow me to support my family and still have time to be with them. I have been interested in architecture and sustainable homes from a young age. My first career was in in aircraft maintenance but I switched to architecture to have more time with my family and to hopefully one day design and build my own home. I started the architectural technologies program at SAIT in 2011 and was able to get a position with the Green Building Technologies office starting in my first semester and continued working there for the duration of my program. My Sustainable Goals I want to make my current home constructed in 1981 more sustainable. I will start by monitoring the energy usage in comparison to the exterior temperature for at least a year. At some point after that I will complete renovations to drastically reduce the energy requirements of my ...

29 MIN2017 DEC 10
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My Quest for Sustainability – SHC003

The Importance of Having a Durable Home – SHC002

Why should you have a durable home? Have you ever had an old junker car that you were always afraid of it breaking down? I bought my first car when I was 17 for $250. It was a 1981 Toyota Corolla Sedan with a 1.8 litre engine and standard transmission. It was already almost 20 years old when I bought it and as soon as I started driving it the starter went (which made learning to drive a standard even more fun as every time I stalled it it was harder to start). I almost always had to fix something to keep it going (which I enjoyed). Finally, after I had driven it for several years it had had enough and developed an electrical short that I couldn’t find and I had to retire it. When we own an older car we know that many of the components are getting close to wearing out and repairs may be required frequently. New cars can appeal to us as they look nice and require very few repairs. The only work we usually have to do is basic maintenance. We have the same desires for our homes. We wan...

30 MIN2017 DEC 1
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The Importance of Having a Durable Home – SHC002

Redefining Sustainability – SHC001

When we think of sustainability we most often think of “green homes” being sustainable to the environment meaning that it does not degrade the environment through its construction or use. The definition of sustainability describes the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. Over the years as I have learned more and more about sustainable homes I have discovered that a sustainable home can benefit much more than just the environment by being: More cost effective to construct. More cost effective to heat, cool, and operate. More durable and cost effective to maintain. More conducive to the health of those who live in it. More comfortable. Better able to meet the habits and needs of those who live in it. While we mostly speak of homes as being sustainable to the environment I propose extending that definition to include the items above to account for how sustainable a home is to it's owners, occupants, and their finances. So let’s dive into the aspects of this re-define...

29 MIN2017 NOV 26
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Redefining Sustainability – SHC001

Introduction to Sustainable Home Catalyst – SHC000b

This is a brief introduction to Sustainable Home Catalyst. Read on to find out why I created the Sustainable Home Catalyst Podcast and what you can expect. I will also tell you a little bit about myself as well. Why Did I Decide to Start This Podcast and Website? My goal is to improve the quality and sustainability of homes in North America. I want everyone to have a home that is more sustainable and more durable. I also feel that a sustainable home shouldn’t just be sustainable for the environment but also sustainable for the homeowners themselves and their finances. And this doesn’t only apply to new homes but to existing homes as well. There is something that anyone can do to make their home a little but more sustainable. What Am I Going To Do? Through Sustainable Home Catalyst I will provide you with the information you need to know about what a sustainable home really is, the many ways sustainable homes can benefit you, and what you can do to make your current or next home mo...

8 MIN2017 NOV 26
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Introduction to Sustainable Home Catalyst – SHC000b

Latest Episodes

Everything You Need to Know About Home Renovations – Coming in 2019 – SHC009

In this episode I discuss my content plans for 2019 and beyond

6 MINJAN 2
Comments
Everything You Need to Know About Home Renovations – Coming in 2019 – SHC009

Green Homes VS Sustainable Homes – SHC008

For the past several decades a movement has been slowly growing. This movement is toward taking better care of our planet, toward not depleting its many natural resources and not poisoning its delicate ecosystem through the chemicals we use or garbage we produce. Efforts to protect earth by the way we live and work have often been called “being environmentally friendly.” Another term often used is “being green.” Many have applied this movement of being green to the homes we live in. They apply these green principles in 2 main areas: Using materials that do not deplete natural resources and are not harmful to the earth during their useful life or when they are disposed of.Designing a home that does not require as much energy to operate and be comfortable in and also utilizes the sun to provide energy through solar electricity and passive or active solar heating. Homes that apply these principles to be more environmentally friendly are often referred to as green homes. Photo byDan...

15 MIN2018 DEC 30
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Green Homes VS Sustainable Homes – SHC008

Eco Interior Design with Erica Reiner – SHC007

44 MIN2018 AUG 6
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Eco Interior Design with Erica Reiner – SHC007

7 Simple and Cheap Ways to Save Water Around Your Home – SHC006

How you can help save the whales (not exactly)without blowing your budget. I remember lining up at the drinking fountain in elementary school waiting my turn. We used to give each other a hard time for taking to long and drinking too much and we used to say, “Hey! Save some for the whales!” In most areas of the world the amount of water we drink is not very directly linked to the health of whales in the ocean; It is however linked to the availability of freshwater in the areas we live in, some of which can experience droughts occasionally or even regularly. In most parts of North America we also pay for the water we use. While it is often not that expensive, it is often also linked to the amount we pay for sewage treatment, thus using less water in and around our home will often reduce the amount of our water and sewage bills. So what can we do to save water around our home? The good news is that the vast majority of things you can do to save water around your home are a few hundr...

10 MIN2018 JUL 24
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7 Simple and Cheap Ways to Save Water Around Your Home – SHC006

16 Simple and Cheap Ways to Save Energy Around Your Home – SHC005

Improving Sustainability in Existing Homes I really enjoy dreaming about renovating my existing home to make it much more efficient and also someday building my own sustainable home. For me (and most others) building a new home or completing a major renovation is way out of reach for financial or other reasons. While it may make me feel warm and fuzzy when I have these sustainable dreams, I want to be able to do something now to make my home more sustainable. I want to reduce my costs and also increase my comfort and enjoyment in my house as it is now….without incurring high costs. Luckily, there are quite a few things that can be done in an existing home to make it more sustainable, many of which are relatively cheap or even free. I want to focus on these over a couple of posts to give you solutions that you can use without blowing your budget. First, I would like to address a couple of potential questions: What Do I Mean By Cheap? I haven’t set a hard line as to what I consider ...

35 MIN2018 MAR 25
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16 Simple and Cheap Ways to Save Energy Around Your Home – SHC005

Environmentally Sustainable Homes – SHC004

The Basics of Environmentally Sustainable Homes. In this post we will be discussing these questions: What makes homes or the materials used in them damaging to the environment? How you can know if materials used in your home are environmentally friendly? How can you reduce energy use in your home? How can you make your home more environmentally friendly? How Can Your Home be Damaging to the Environment? There are many ways that your home can be damaging to the environment and I will discuss a few of the major ones here: Energy Use Depletion of Natural Resources Damage to Natural Habitats 1. Energy Use One of the main ways (and sometimes the largest contributor) to your home being damaging to the environment is through energy consumption. In many parts of North America... or the world for that matter, energy is produced by burningfossil fuels which create emissions and deplete nonrenewable resources. If we are able to use less energy than we reduce the amount of pollution going into ...

26 MIN2018 FEB 1
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Environmentally Sustainable Homes – SHC004

My Quest for Sustainability – SHC003

What do I want to get from making my home and my life more sustainable? How do I plan on getting there? I have always wanted to have a career that would allow me to support my family and still have time to be with them. I have been interested in architecture and sustainable homes from a young age. My first career was in in aircraft maintenance but I switched to architecture to have more time with my family and to hopefully one day design and build my own home. I started the architectural technologies program at SAIT in 2011 and was able to get a position with the Green Building Technologies office starting in my first semester and continued working there for the duration of my program. My Sustainable Goals I want to make my current home constructed in 1981 more sustainable. I will start by monitoring the energy usage in comparison to the exterior temperature for at least a year. At some point after that I will complete renovations to drastically reduce the energy requirements of my ...

29 MIN2017 DEC 10
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My Quest for Sustainability – SHC003

The Importance of Having a Durable Home – SHC002

Why should you have a durable home? Have you ever had an old junker car that you were always afraid of it breaking down? I bought my first car when I was 17 for $250. It was a 1981 Toyota Corolla Sedan with a 1.8 litre engine and standard transmission. It was already almost 20 years old when I bought it and as soon as I started driving it the starter went (which made learning to drive a standard even more fun as every time I stalled it it was harder to start). I almost always had to fix something to keep it going (which I enjoyed). Finally, after I had driven it for several years it had had enough and developed an electrical short that I couldn’t find and I had to retire it. When we own an older car we know that many of the components are getting close to wearing out and repairs may be required frequently. New cars can appeal to us as they look nice and require very few repairs. The only work we usually have to do is basic maintenance. We have the same desires for our homes. We wan...

30 MIN2017 DEC 1
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The Importance of Having a Durable Home – SHC002

Redefining Sustainability – SHC001

When we think of sustainability we most often think of “green homes” being sustainable to the environment meaning that it does not degrade the environment through its construction or use. The definition of sustainability describes the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. Over the years as I have learned more and more about sustainable homes I have discovered that a sustainable home can benefit much more than just the environment by being: More cost effective to construct. More cost effective to heat, cool, and operate. More durable and cost effective to maintain. More conducive to the health of those who live in it. More comfortable. Better able to meet the habits and needs of those who live in it. While we mostly speak of homes as being sustainable to the environment I propose extending that definition to include the items above to account for how sustainable a home is to it's owners, occupants, and their finances. So let’s dive into the aspects of this re-define...

29 MIN2017 NOV 26
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Redefining Sustainability – SHC001

Introduction to Sustainable Home Catalyst – SHC000b

This is a brief introduction to Sustainable Home Catalyst. Read on to find out why I created the Sustainable Home Catalyst Podcast and what you can expect. I will also tell you a little bit about myself as well. Why Did I Decide to Start This Podcast and Website? My goal is to improve the quality and sustainability of homes in North America. I want everyone to have a home that is more sustainable and more durable. I also feel that a sustainable home shouldn’t just be sustainable for the environment but also sustainable for the homeowners themselves and their finances. And this doesn’t only apply to new homes but to existing homes as well. There is something that anyone can do to make their home a little but more sustainable. What Am I Going To Do? Through Sustainable Home Catalyst I will provide you with the information you need to know about what a sustainable home really is, the many ways sustainable homes can benefit you, and what you can do to make your current or next home mo...

8 MIN2017 NOV 26
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Introduction to Sustainable Home Catalyst – SHC000b