Build Show Build: Boston

24 episodes with bonus episodes and podcasts


Building a net-zero home isn’t easy. It takes knowledgeable designers, builders, and homeowners, upfront investment, quality materials, and a team that’s focused on every detail from start to finish. Most homeowners and builders don’t know which conversations to have to set a project up for success.

Steve Baczek is an architect passionate about educating folks about building science, and is eager to open this conversation. From early on transparency, assigning “homework,” and high quality building products, Steve walks you through how to turn a house from an idea into a high-performance home. Steve shows you how to not just focus on the solution to a problem, but the importance of the questions you ask to get there.

Steve will use his recently designed all electric, net-zero home to showcase what homeowners don’t know they’re missing – a better built home. Watch his process from design to finish in this 24-part series to learn what it really takes to build better.”

New Episodes Stream November 2022 – December 2023

New House, Old Soul

14 episodes with bonus episodes and podcasts 


Were houses built better previously? Is craftsmanship dead? How do you build a new house with the soul of an old house? How do we inspire individuals to enter the trades? On this BUILD Original Series, we will follow Brent Hull, a nationally recognized authority on historic design, architecturally correct moldings, millwork and fine building as he dives into these topics. This series will focus on how the history of building components have shaped building practices today. Learn which historical elements are worth keeping in building today, and which elements are better left in the past.

New Episodes Stream June – December 2023

Building Science 101

10 episodes and 2 podcasts


Hosted by Matt Risinger and Steve Baczek. Building Science 101 will begin with building science fundamentals and cover the latest advancements, techniques and materials. Upon completing the series, viewers will gain the knowledge and confidence to make smart informed decisions on their building projects. Topics include: Building performance, comfort & health, durability, energy efficiency, water management, air tightness, sound, vapor and thermal management, sustainability, and success metrics.

New Episodes Stream September – December 2023

Talking Trades

13 episodes with bonus episodes and webinar


On this 13- episode BUILD Original Series, we will follow Matt Risinger as he travels the country visiting Build Show expert contributors Eric Aune, Lydia Crowder, Zach Dettmore and CJ Nielsen, each with a passion for high-performance homes. Trades covered include plumbing, heating, electrical, HVAC, carpentry, remodeling and drywall.

This Build Show Original Series will draw attention to the opportunities that exist in the industry, highlighting the different career paths available, and the gratification of owning your own business.

Talking Trades will provide ideas, tips and trends from professional contractors and tradespeople. Each expert will provide their perspective on: What is a day in their life like? What does it take to be successful? The importance of customer education/involvement in the process. Lessons learned.

New Episodes Stream January 2024

The Real Rebuild

Hosted by Matt Risinger

Episodes: 8 (with bonus episodes) Podcasts: Available


On this 8- episode BUILD Original Series, Matt Risinger will talk about his experience with the Real Rebuild of his family home including the construction and building science behind it. The focus of the series will be the experience he and his family have had since moving in, what they would do differently, what they did right, and how the home is performing post-occupancy.
Find out if Matt accomplished his goals for the home including passive level air tightness, durability and efficiency in a healthy comfortable environment.

New Episodes Stream November – December 2023

The Risinger Build

Series Underwriter: Builder’s First Source

Hosted by Matt Risinger

Episodes: 24 Podcasts: 2

We follow Matt Risinger as he dismantles and recycles an existing house and builds a brand-new state of the art home in Austin, Texas using building science principles.  The Risinger Build will follow the entire building process from pre-planning to selling the home.

New Episodes Stream Q1 2024-December 2024

What Should I Use?

Hosted by Jake Burton

Episodes: 12 (with option for 2 bonuses) Podcasts: 2

Jake delves into the intricate world of material selection, offering a contractor’s perspective that’s both insightful and practical. With each episode, Jake demystifies the complexities of choosing the right products, and unravels the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind each decision.

Topics include:

1) Concrete 2) Rough Framing 3) Roofing 4) Subfloor 5) Weather-Resistant Barriers (WRB) 6) Windows 7) Mechanical, /Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) Rough 8) Insulation 9) Cladding 10) Paint and Drywall 11) Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) Finishes 12 ) Interior Finishes & Materials

New Monthly Episodes Stream January 2024

Prairie Frame & Timber

Hosted by Travis Brungardt

Episodes: 6 Podcasts: 1

Filmed in Platte County, MO, this series offers an in-depth exploration of the fusion of timber framing and structurally insulated panels (SIPs). Discover the synergy between traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology as the structure takes shape. From the initial timber framing to the meticulous assembly of the panels, each episode delves into the why’s and how’s behind these construction methods.  From mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to exterior and interior elements, the series highlights renewable energy and sustainable solar solutions.

Topics include:

1) Timber Frame 2) Structural Insulated Panels 3) Exterior and Rough 4) MEP & Insulation 5) Interior (Air Seal) Finish Elements 6) Solar, Site Renewables and Energy Efficiency

New Monthly Episodes Stream Oct-Dec 2024

Let’s Renovate a Bathroom

Hosted by Zach Dettmore

Episodes: 12 Podcasts: 2

Discover all the essential information you need to master the art of bathroom renovation. Zack will steer the viewer towards making informed decisions, whether it’s selecting the perfect contractors, demystifying plumbing and electrical work, picking the ideal paint shades, or finalizing those essential finishing touches.

1) Project Review and Site Needs 2) Demolition and Cleanup 3) Rough Framing 4) Subfloor and Blocking 5) MEP Rough 6) Insulation 7) Wall and Floor Prep 8) Water Proofing Prep 9) Tile 10) Grout and Cleanup 11) Drywall and Paint. 12 ) Fixture and Finishes and Towel Bars

New Monthly Episodes Stream Nov. 24-Jul. 25 2024

Build to Invest

Hosted by Will King

Episodes: 12 Podcasts: 2

This series will cover budgets and the build process for an investment-based project.   With an eye on long-term ownership, each episode highlights the cost-benefit analysis behind selections combining building techniques with affordable, impactful materials. Episodes will include site planning intricacies, safe foundation construction, fortified GOLD framing, window and door installation, efficient electrical and plumbing systems, and holistic HVAC solutions. Learn the sealing secrets for an airtight envelope and real-world solutions.

1) Project and Investment Introduction 2) Design and Site Plan Along with Development Steps 3) Foundation and Intro to Framing 4) SIP Panel Installations 5) Window/Door and Exterior WRB 6) Mechanicals 7) Fire Safety and Acoustics 8) Exterior Cladding and Roofing 9) Interior Finishes 10) Mechanical Commissioning 11) Punch List and Review of Budget Changes 12 ) Business Talk and Project Recap

New Monthly Episodes Stream Sept. 24-Aug. 25 2024

Pelletier House

Hosted by Steve Baczek

Episodes: 12 Podcasts: 2

A 2000 square foot home, with an 850 sq foot ADU

Constructed by Green Logic Builders, this well-crafted home will blend affordability and precision.  Brett Pelletier’s expertise as both contractor and client ensure meticulous control over the project and timeline.

1) Build Kickoff and Foundation 2) Floor Framing 3) Wall Framing 4) Roof Framing 5) Euro Windows 6) Mechanical Rough 7) Insulation & Drywall 8) Siding & Roofing 9) Mechanical Finish 10) Paint, Tile Work, Floors 11) Millwork & Casework 12 ) Home Walk-Through with Builder, Matt Risinger & Steve Baczek

New Monthly Episodes Stream Apr – Sept 2024

Building Science 201

Hosted by Matt Risinger & Steve Baczek

Episodes: TBD Podcasts: 2

Follow-up series to Building Science 101.

Hosted by Matt Risinger and Steve Baczek. Build Science™ 201 will cover more advanced techniques and materials.  Upon completing the series, viewers will learn from real-world successes and failures to take the next step in their careers gaining the knowledge and confidence to build better homes.

Topics include Building performance, comfort & health, durability, energy efficiency, water management, air tightness, sound, vapor and thermal management, sustainability, and success metrics.

1) Building Performance 2) Comfort & Health 3) Durability 4) Energy Efficiency 5) Water Management 6) Air Tightness 7) Sound. 8) Vapor and Thermal Management 9) Sustainability 10) Success Metrics

New Monthly Episodes Stream: 2024

Series Archive

Building on an Island

In this Original Build Series, a mainland custom home builder embarks on a mission to build a new custom home on an island 12 miles offshore. How will he navigate the logistics and build a home in a reasonable amount of time? How does concrete and lumber get out to the island?

These are just a few of the many challenges Wade, principal of WKP Construction will face as he sets aim to build a high-performance home out at sea. With frequent cancellations of ferries and grounding of small planes due to weather, how will this impact the build? Where does the workforce come from since the island is extremely limited with tradesmen and tradeswomen? There are so many questions and challenges. As Wade says “nothing is going to be easy, and we’re prepared for that.” Block Island is a harsh environment. Homes get battered with salty air, wind, and storms. It’s just another challenge for Wade’s team to build a home that is going to withstand the elements and last for generations to come.

High Performance Canada

In this series, host Nathan Kischel visits job sites around British Columbia to learn how other builders and architects are addressing high performance construction, and the BC Energy Step Code.

How do you build a home that battles 30-degree Celsius heat in the summer, and -30 degree Celsius cold in the winter while consuming little to no energy?

Host Nathan Kischel of Purehaus Developments takes you on a tour while speaking with many like-minded industry professionals from all corners of the market. His curiosity about low energy construction is what drives him to learn from the best of the best and share that knowledge with the Build Show community.

The Best of IBS

Residential construction professionals look forward to the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) each year! We visit our favorite building material booths and see some friends from the Build Show Network. With appearances from Steve, Lydia, Jake, Eric, and some other YouTubers – we cover the best of IBS.

View the full series with best of reviews, demonstrations, full length cuts not on YouTube, and more. Check back often for the latest updates on what’s new and exciting for 2023 – and what you should be thinking about for your next project.