I’m coming up on my 20th year as a builder, and the man who has influenced me more than any other is Mark LaLiberte. I first met Mark in 2002 during the national Mold Crisis. Mark was teaching EEBA “Houses that Work” classes which is really an introduction to Building Science. It was a revelation to me at that time, and I’ve dedicated myself ever since to a lifetime of learning the science of building better homes.
Mark was doing demonstrations at the DuPont booth at the 2015 International Builders Show and I grabbed him for a quick interview. You can find Mark and his teaching at http://www.constructioninstruction.com/ You can download his app on iTunes too.
Lastly, if you’re not currently using Tyvek on your houses and you need help, I’d highly recommend you find your local Tyvek rep. I’ve found their network of people to be TOP notch and super helpful to me over the years. I’ve put more Tyvek on my houses than any other brand of weatherization. They make fantastic products AND they have great resources to help you install them correctly (which we know is the key to success).
You will see the locator on the ‘helpful link’ column on the right side of the page.
Lastly, if you aren’t a current subscriber to the Journal of Light Construction I highly recommend that magazine. I’ve got a $9.99/year offer for my blog followers on this link only! I’ve been reading JLC for about 15 years now and I’ve learned SO much over the years. It’s been invaluable in my education as a professional contractor. I’m now writing for them and I’ve had several articles published too. By subscribing you’ll have access to their online archives also. They helped sponsor my IBS trip this year and I’m grateful to their partnership in my blog (and their commitment to bettering our industry through education).
Matt Risinger – Risinger Homes in Austin, TX
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Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that specializes in Architect driven and fine craftsmanship work. We utilize an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy and durable homes.
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