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Pearls of Wisdom From Recent Conferences

Posted on March 26,2015 by user-756436 in BE13

There are lots of reasons to attend conferences. At a good conference, we get a chance to network with colleagues, to learn about recent research, to see new products, and to talk with manufacturers' reps. I've had the good fortune, over the last six weeks, to attend three conferences focusing on green building and residential energy:

Mechanical Systems for Low-Load Buildings

Posted on March 26,2015 by ab3 in Bailes

Professor John Straube spoke for a whole day at the Building Science Corporation's Experts' Session earlier this month. His topic, a good one for GBA readers, was mechanical systems for low-load buildings. You know that expression about how the information comes at you so fast in some classes that it's like drinking from a firehose? With Professor Straube, it's like trying to drink from a tsunami! The guy has not only a phenomenal knowledge but he's also a fantastic teacher and incredibly witty.

Live Webcast of a Building Science Seminar

Posted on March 26,2015 by user-756436 in BSC

GBA has made arrangements to provide live video streaming of an educational seminar by two renowned building science experts, Joseph Lstiburek and John Straube. Dubbed the Building Science Experts' Session, the seminar is being held on Wednesday December 5 and Thursday December 6, 2012, in Westford, Massachusetts. Sessions begin each morning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The video stream will be available at no charge to all GBA Pro members. A link to the live video stream will be added to this page on the morning of December 5, 2012.

Air Leakage Degrades the Thermal Performance of Walls

Posted on March 26,2015 by user-756436 in Building Science

For the past five years, researchers at the Building Science Corporation (BSC) in Massachusetts have been testing the thermal performance of a variety of wall assemblies as part of an ambitious project to develop a new metric to replace R-value. (I last reported on the project in my August 2011 article, A Bold Attempt to Slay R-Value.)

The Green Architects Chat With John Straube

Posted on March 26,2015 by ChrisBriley in Building Science

Phil and I have long been fans of building science guru John Straube. So we were very pleased to have him as a guest on our podcast, and to bend his ear a bit on some of his views on green building. Unfortunately, because we were unable to schedule a good time to record during the evening, we recorded in the morning. So the live libation of cocktails is absent from this episode. Sadly, the satisfying clink of our glasses has been replaced with a pathetic clunk of our coffee mugs. But not to worry—we've still managed to maintain our casual demeanor and include a cocktail and a song.

A Recap of ACI’s 2012 National Conference

Posted on March 26,2015 by CarlSeville in ACI

The 2012 ACI National Home Performance Conference was held in Baltimore at the end of March, and was yet again another marathon geekfest. With almost twenty concurrent sessions running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by more sessions lasting until 8 p.m., it is a feat of endurance to attend this almost week-long event. This year there appeared to be an underground movement (Twitter handle: #ACIafterdark) that threw late-night parties, although I never managed to figure out where they were. Heat-pump water heaters

John Straube Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on March 26,2015 by Fretboard in BSC

If you do a search using the name John Straube on the GreenBuildingAdvisor website, you’ll notice that the search tool pulls at least 138 entries from the database. That’s one measure of Straube's stature as a trusted voice in the building industry, particularly in the green building industry.

Pro/Con: Does Passivhaus Make Sense Over Here?

Posted on March 26,2015 by user-756436 in David White

John Straube, a prominent building science professor and a principal of the Building Science Corporation in Westford, Mass., asserts that applying the German Passivhaus standard to North American houses often results in expensive details that yield few energy-saving benefits. In response, two prominent energy consultants, Marc Rosenbaum of Energysmiths and David White of Right Environments, challenge some of Straube's conclusions and defend the goals and methods of the Passivhaus standard.

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