Trey Farmer is an architect with Forge Craft Architecturehere in Austin. We interviewed him previously on#63: Lessons From a Passive House Build. Today we revisit some of those passive home principles and also discuss some of his beliefs for building healthier, more grid-resilient homes.
It's hard to spend a few minutes chatting with Jacob Deva Racusin without leaving inspired. He is the Director of Building Science and Sustainability for New Frameworks, an innovative, socially inclusive design/build firm in Vermont. He also serves as an Embodied Carbon Analyst and BEAM Trainer with Builders for Climate Action.
In this conversation we sit down with Dan Kolbert, co-author of Pretty Good House, and owner of Kolbert Building in Portland, Maine, to discuss high performance homes, the next evolution in building, and Dan's advice in today's economy.
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I am Owner and President of Gossett & Co, an employee-owned luxury home building company in Austin. We build spec and custom homes from $3 to $8 million.
I believe in combining innovation with time-tested principles, and am working to advance the industry in several key areas, especially with health and wellness in the homes we build.
I started building and remodeling homes on my own in 2009, and later formed a partnership to start Gossett Jones Homes, a company that focused primarily on building 'spec' homes and small multi-unit communities in urban Austin.
We achieved early success, earning a spot on the Inc 500 Fastest Growing Companies list in 2014 and winning Austin Business Journal's Builder of the Year in 2012 and again in 2022.
Prior to that, I worked in investment banking and real estate private equity, developing a strong base of knowledge around structuring deals and investments and raising capital for projects. I’m also a CFA charter holder.
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