Building Performance Contractors Association

2 Building Science EVents

with Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P. Eng.

March 16, 2010 -- Canton, NY



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General Information

Building Science Workshop
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
8:00am - 5:30pm

BPI Recognized TrainingThe Building Science Workshop is a one-day seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings.

Dr. Joseph Lstiburek will discuss building science principles (such as the control of heat, air and moisture and IAQ) and show you how to apply them to low-energy enclosure design, advanced HVAC systems, forensic investigations, and the repair and retrofitting of existing buildings.

Building Science Workshop - 2009 will focus on commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings. However, residential topics relating to unvented roofs/attics, basements and crawl space construction will also be covered and examples relating to single-family construction will be presented. See full seminar agenda below.

The Building Science Workshop produced by the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State has been attended by over 1600 builders, architects, engineers, building science consultants, building code officials, developers, facility managers, building product manufacturers and government officials in New York State in the last two years.

Cost: $400 (50% rebate from NYSERDA. Click here for details.) 8 CEUs

Local Sponsor

Triple "A" Building CenterCurtis Lumber

Regional Dinner Forum - "Figuring Stuff Out"
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
6:00pm - 8:30pm

BPI Recognized TrainingJoseph Lstiburek will provide an entertaining and provocative examination of building investigation approaches based on a lifetime of experience..."stuff you don’t find in books."

A client has a problem. The client wants to hire you to figure it out. Where do you start?  How do you do a building investigation?  What do you do when you can’t find what you are looking for?  What happens when you find something else?  It is not unusual that the problem you often are hired to fix is not the problem you find. What are dumb tests?  What are clever tests? How not to test.  How to test. What do the tests mean?  How to "game" stupid tests. The scientific method vs. human psychology - guess what wins?

Joseph Lstiburek will provide an entertaining and provocative examination of building investigation approaches based on a lifetime of experience - "stuff you don’t find in books." Dr. Lstiburek, in the course of his career, has been involved in almost all of the key commercial and residential "failure cause célèbre" issues over the past three decades: carbon monoxide poisoning, radon, hardboard siding, OSB siding, fire retardant treated plywood, EIFS, the mold litigation explosion, IAQ failures, floor finishing failures, vinyl wall coverings, building papers and housewraps, celebrity architects and now LEED. He has concluded that people are weird, women are different than men, folks don’t always tell the truth, but physics never lies, and that none of this matters to juries.

Cost:  $50 -- 1.5 CEUs

Local Sponsor

Triple "A" Building CenterCurtis Lumber

Workshops Include

  • A light continental breakfast, lunch and two coffee breaks are included.

General Information


The Kingston Theater
SUNY Canton’s Miller Campus Center

Campus Map | Directions

Best Western University Inn
Route 11, 90 East Main Street
Canton, New York 13617

This hotel is offering a special discount of only $70/room to all participants for either Monday or Tuesday evening. However, all reservations and payments must be made through SUNY Canton.

Share a room and pay only $35/night!

For more Information or to reserve a room, contact:
Kathy Del Guidice at 315 386-7958 or 


You can register for one of the events or both. There is a $100 discount for BPCA Members and a $200 Training incentive rebate from NYSERDA for the Building Science Workshop. Click here for rebate details. Here are the costs:

  • $400 - Building Science Workshop
  • $50 - Regional Dinner Forum
  • $450 - Building Science Workshop #1 and Regional Dinner Forum
  • Register Online Here
    If you'd like join BPCA, click here.  If you'd like to see if you are a current member, click here.

Pay by Check

If you plan to pay by check, use the registration link above and simply select Check as your Payment Method.  Thus, you do not need to fill in any of the credit card information.  Make check out to BPCA/NYS and send your check to:

21 North Street
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Payment is required, in advance.  Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

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