Building Performance Contractors Association

Building Science Workshop

with Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P. Eng. and Terry Brennan

Speaker Bio - Joe Lstiburek

Joseph Lstiburek, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng., is a principal of Building Science Corporation and an ASHRAE Fellow. He has 25 years of experience in design, construction, investigation and building science research. Through the Department of Energy’s Building America Program, Dr. Lstiburek has forged partnerships with designers, builders, developers, materials suppliers and equipment manufacturers to build higher performance homes across the U.S. He is a Building Scientist who investigates building failures and is internationally recognized as an authority on moisture related building problems and indoor air quality. He is a member of ASTM and the past Chairman of ASTM E241 – Increasing the Durability of Building Assemblies from Moisture Induced Damage. He is a contributor and reviewer of Chapters 21 and 22 of ASHRAE Fundamentals. Dr. Lstiburek became an ASHRAE Fellow in 2005. He is a voting member of ASHRAE Standard 62-Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. He is also a voting member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 4.3 Ventilation Requirements and Infiltration and ASHRAE Technical Committee 4.4 Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance.

Dr. Lstiburek has appeared on PBS NOVA (“Can buildings make you sick?”) and is the author of numerous books and technical papers on building science, indoor air quality and durability. He is the author of the U.S. DOE Handbook on Moisture Control and a special contributor to the EPA guidance document on Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on energy efficient construction techniques and heads one of the four Building America program teams for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the developer of ADA (the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers) and a building science researcher affiliated with the Centre for Building Science, University of Toronto. He is a former Director of Research of the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada.

Dr. Lstiburek has written numerous books and technical papers on building construction. He is the best selling author of the Builder Guides and has over 50 technical and journal articles to his credit. He has conducted forensic investigations and served as an expert witness on building failures all over the U.S. He is an expert in the areas of rain penetration, air barriers, vapor barriers, air quality, durability, and construction technology. He specializes in rain damage and mold and microbial contamination of buildings.

Dr. Lstiburek is an acclaimed public speaker and lecturer in building science. His seminars and presentations on building durability issues are attended by hundreds of architects, engineers, builders and property managers in the United States each year. He recently concluded a 75-city tour on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Building Owners and Managers (BOMA) conducting seminars on Preventing and Mitigating Indoor Air Quality Problems.

Dr. Lstiburek received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate in Building Science at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lstiburek has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1982.

Speaker Bio - John Straube

John F. Straube, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng., is a specialist building science engineer who has been deeply involved in the areas of building enclosure design, moisture physics, and whole building performance as a consultant, researcher, and educator.

He is also a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in structural design, material science and building science to both disciplines. Energy-efficient, healthy, durable and sustainable building designs are a general goal of his research which is often supported by advanced computer simulation, laboratory testing and full-scale natural exposure performance monitoring.

Dr. Straube has consulted to many major building product manufacturers, government agencies (CMHC, NRC/IRC,UN, NRCan, DOE, EPA), and a range of design professionals and building owners. He has broad experience in the building industry, having been involved in the design, construction, repair and restoration of buildings in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. Considered an international expert in moisture-related building problems, his building science expertise has been applied to moldy roofs, failed masonry, leaky EIFS cladding, insulating Mongolian yurts, wet basements, rotting crawlspaces and attics, historically sensitive retrofits, and litigation support for buildings as diverse as commercial office towers, manufactured housing, and sustainable strawbale homes.

John has given hundreds of presentations to thousands of people across North America, Europe and Asia. He has also been involved in the preparation of design and construction guides for numerous organizations, and assisted in the development and delivery of short courses, web-based learning modules, and customer-tailored education programs. He has published dozens of technical papers in academic peer-reviewed conferences and journals as well as trade journals and magazines.


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