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Revolutionizing Building Envelopes: The Evolving Impacts of Willis Carrier’s Invention
July 6, 2023 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
The primary purpose of a building is to keep the outside out and the inside in, but what we define as the outside and the inside has changed over time. The most significant change occurred at the turn of the 20th century when Willis Carrier invented air conditioning. That single invention changed not only where we live and work, but how we construct buildings. Today we are going to study the impact of air conditioning on society and construction. We will then apply the Three Ps of Continuity to the business of constructing and managing buildings relative to keeping the outside out and the inside in.
- Explore how air conditioning changed where we live, work, and how we construct buildings.
- Develop a better understanding of the building enclosure and the importance of keeping the outside out and the inside in.
- Delve into the concept of the Three Ps of Continuity.
- Illustrate how to apply the Three Ps of Continuity to the building enclosure and how it relates, to maximize the benefits of air conditioning and minimize the damage.
David Leslie, RWC
David brings a broad spectrum of expertise to any team or project. For over 30 years, he has positively impacted some of the most influential organizations and projects in the country. As a restoration contractor, he evaluated projects and ran crews performing restorations across the country. As a consultant (Conley Group & BES), he assessed and designed solutions for multiple iconic properties. As an expert witness, he has testified in half a dozen cases. As a director of technical services and building science (Carlisle, Coatings, and Waterproofing, Henry, & Polyguard), he led the development of over a dozen new products and systems. As an inventor, he has three patents. As an author, he has written numerous articles, multiple white papers, and a research paper. As a speaker, he has presented thousands of hours of education and many national lectures. But after three decades, he has realized our industry of constructing and managing buildings is flawed and we can do better.