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Resolutions to the Most Common Building Science Challenges

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Resolutions to the Most Common Building Science Challenges

June 10, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Live webinar sponsored by the Air Barrier Association of America
This presentation will give mini case studies – each one selected to demonstrate a common building science challenge in our industry, an analysis technique to resolve the challenge, and a solution. Example building science case studies include to vent or not vent a soffit, quantifying the melting point of a WRB behind steel cladding, verifying thermal comfort with exposed concrete, limits of using continuous insulation on the interior side of wood sheathing, downside of using light-colored single-ply roofing membranes, the best way to detail flanged windows, and options for using spray foam in traditional vented attic spaces. Analysis techniques for resolving these mini case studies will include hygrothermal modeling, thermal comfort calculations, roofing core cuts, vapor emissions testing, and water and air infiltration testing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn practical solutions to common building science questions in our industry.
  2. Understand the role of hygrothermal modeling in resolving tricky building science questions.
  3. Learn how thermal comfort is measured and can be verified.
  4. Learn how to use a variety of techniques (testing, core cuts, etc.) that can be used to help resolve common building science questions.

Keith A. Simon, AIA, CPHC, BECxP, CxA+BE

Mr. Simon joined Building Exterior Solutions, Inc. (a division of Terracon) in April of 2014. He is a Registered Architect, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), Legacy LEED AP, and Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider (BECxP) with over 15 years’ experience in architectural design and building enclosure consultation. His experience includes peer review, design assistance, durability analysis, construction administration, testing, and forensics of building envelope issues and is the Building Enclosures Department Manager for Terracon’s Austin Facilities office. Mr. Simon was the founder of the Austin Building Enclosure Council (BEC: Austin) and currently serves as a board member for BEC: Austin and the Passive House Austin Chapter as well as the Secretary for the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Enclosure and Technology Environment Council (BETEC) executive committee. Mr. Simon is a Terracon SME (Subject Matter Expert) for Hygrothermal Modeling and Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx). Mr. Simon is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), and has been adjunct faculty at the University of Texas School of Architecture (UTSoA) in Austin since 2011. Mr. Simon was awarded the 2012 Emerging Professional Honor Award by the Austin AIA as well as the Terracon 2017 Outstanding Contributor Technical Professional Company-All recipient.


June 10, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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