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Pushing the Envelope

Pushing the Envelope

By Matthew Copeland
Pushing the Envelope is about making buildings better. We'll talk about architecture, engineering and construction as well as building science and how all of this goes into making more durable, comfortable and efficient buildings.

The podcast is hosted by Matt Copeland, P.E. and sponsored by Copeland Building Envelope Consulting, Inc.
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Pushing the Envelope

#5: Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers - Fight!
In this episode I walk through the building science fundamentals of controlling bulk air flow and water vapor diffusion using air barriers and vapor barriers. Check out for the full show notes.
May 29, 2021
#4: Drone Photography with Mindi Sokoloski of Multispectral Aerial Service
In this episode we dive into various aspects of unmanned aerial photography (aka "drone" photography) including the use of drones for infrared (IR) inspections and photogrammetry. Full show notes at:
April 23, 2021
#3: Roof Wind Design with Jennifer Keegan, Jim Kirby and Ben Meyer of GAF
Why do some roofs end up in the parking lot? Learn the answer to that question and much more in this this information-packed episode where I discuss the ins and outs of wind uplift design for low-slope roofing with Jennifer Keegan (LinkedIn), James R. Kirby (LinkedIn) and Benjamin Meyer (LinkedIn) of the GAF Building & Roofing Science team (LinkedIn). For more details and show notes:
March 26, 2021
#2: Adrian Lowenstein of Skyline Windows on High Performance Construction, BERDO, Local Law 97, and Energy Codes
This is a great conversation with Adrian Lowenstein, PE, MBA, National Business Development Manager for Skyline Windows. Adrian has insights on how we can move towards higher performance and higher efficiency in our building stock. We discuss a couple of new local ordinances that seek to raise the bar for performance of buildings: the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) in Boston and Local Law 97 in New York City. We also hit on topics such as pre-fabricated pre-glazed wall construction techniques, the opportunities for higher performance afforded by advancing technology and project team relationships that lead to better project outcomes. For full show notes go to
February 26, 2021
#1: Ken Kiefer, High Performance Construction Academy Director, SIGA North America
My guest in this inaugural episode is Ken Kiefer. Ken is the Director of SIGA North America's High-Performance Construction Academy and expert on high performance construction, especially related to air and water control in wall assemblies. We cover a variety of topics including Ken's work on a recent passive house project in Cambridge, MA, what contractors and designers are looking for from manufacturers of high performance building materials, and some of the resources available at SIGA's High-Performance Construction Academy.  Show Notes SIGA North America SIGA High-Performance Construction Academy Finch Cambridge: One of The First Multifamily Passive House Standard Projects in Massachusetts Passive House Institute US, Inc.
January 29, 2021
Here's a quick intro to what I hope will be an interesting podcast for architects, engineers, contractors, building product manufacturers and anyone else interested in making better buildings.
January 20, 2021