Show #214 – The Conscious Builder: Making Conscious Decisions Around Your Home Renovation and Build


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And on this week’s show!

Building and renovating is something we get asked about a lot and anyone who’s met me knows, I am NOT the best person to ask. I do however know how to find the best people to help us all navigate these bigger low tox goals and substantial investments to make the most of what is often one’s life’s savings and dream home vision. Enter one of two builders I’ve got on the show this week bringing you a northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere perspective: First up, Canada’s Casey Grey, aka the Conscious Builder. Casey was born to build as demonstrated by a voracious lego habit as a child, a passion for construction and seeing how things fit together, leading to his first job in construction at 17 and his own construction business a few years later. One day asking “WHY?” he realised he wanted to fulfill a bigger purpose than simply building houses for people, but making the experience a conscious, low impact one from start to finish: The Conscious Builder was born and the rest is history. We talk passive house, building materials, renovation vs building pitfalls, and more on today’s show. 

The questions I asked Casey:

  1. What’s your story about becoming a builder in your work?  
  2. And then becoming someone who saw the flaws in the design/building industry when it came to the average home/office building?
  3. Let’s talk a bit about how you arrived at your philosophy, what mentors, resources you drew on to arrive where you have today for your clients – passive house, energy efficiency, etc.
  4. Designing and building for optimal health from the 3 major perspectives: 1. light, heat, energy; 2. water; 3. moisture, airflow, temperature
  5. How far have we come and where can you see the building industry doing even better in the near future? 

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More on building and living more consciously:

Join him on Instagram @the_conscious_builder and on Facebook

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