Episode 32

Published on:

25th Jun 2023

HILF #32 Mariana Pickering

In this episode, Mary spends some time with Mariana Pickering, co-founder of Emu Passive, a consultation group that offers training and consultation on the design and construction of high quality, supremely efficient buildings.

Mariana describes herself as a recovering architect who, because of her devotion to the wellbeing of the natural world, has found her way deep into building science. There she discovered a powerfully energy friendly building standard - The International Passive House standard. Now, she and her business partner travel the country to train construction professionals in this remarkable system.

Listen in as Mariana describes her work and the collaboration she and her colleagues continue to establish with building construction professionals across the globe. Learn with Mary about the powerful actions being taking by builders to address and alleviate the climate breakdown.

You can find out more about Mariana and Emu Passive at the organization’s website, https://emupassive.com/. You can also follow these links to essays by Mariana and the rest of the Emu crew.

By Mariana:


More writing available on the Emu website:


Mariana also has  a playlist on YouTube titled "Monday BS with EmuMariana" (BS= Building Science). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoDR94ljwiBEGsaPo13i1PhJcKWb1Pnrz There, she talks about high-level passive building concepts in more simple terms.

In a company named for that amazing big bird, Mariana and her colleagues at Emu Passive "run wild and build passive." They inspire as they lean fully into maximizing the opportunity to support building construction practices that retain ecological wellbeing.

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How It Looks From Here
Life in the time of climate change
The truth is, life looks different to you than it does to me. The way race and gender, education and work, and everyday circumstances come together in any person...well, it’s different.

Hosted by Mary Clare, How It Looks From Here brings you diverse perspectives through engaging interviews. It's easy to think that everyone is feeling the same way you are - but they’re not. For every person, how it looks from where they are matters. And, with every interview, we’re enriched. It's helping.
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Mary Clare

Mary M Clare is a social scientist focused on social and cultural phenomena. She is an American Psychological Association Fellow, and the author of over 100 scholarly articles and three books, the latest, FULL ECOLOGY - REPAIRING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NATURAL WORLD, co-authored with Gary Ferguson. Mary is both truly curious and truly interested in the way people see life and how sharing those perspectives can strengthen the way we are in community.