Building Science Experts' Session - December 5-6, 2012

Seminar Description

Building Science Experts’ Session is an annual two-day seminar that focuses on advanced building science topics. This session is intended to provide thought provoking professional development for experienced building industry professionals who are interested in healthy, durable and energy efficient new and old buildings.

Day 1 - "Spray Foam Day" with Joseph Lstiburek
Dr. Lstiburek will present a full day session on spray foam issues and solutions using information based on field experience  and our laboratory research. Throughout the day, Joe will call in other industry experts for special cameo appearances and invite other BSC researchers to report on recent work. This event will also be available as a one-day, for-pay broadcast live on the internet, with registration starting on November 1.

Evening of Day 1: We will host our traditional beer and pizza evening. This is always a good time to share stories and problems, but we will also hold a "Industry Expert Discussion" for the group to observe. The evening event will be an informal event open to all in-person participants.

Day 2 - "HVAC for Low-Load Buildings" with John Straube
Dr. Straube will define low and ultra-low load buildings and discuss the enclosures that are needed to get there. Next, the implications of these low load enclosures on heating, ventilation, hot water, and other building systems will be explored. Fossil-fueled, electric, solar and biomass will all be addressed. This session is intended for designers and builders of ultra efficient residential (i.e., Passive House, DOE Challenge Home, and similar) and smaller commercial buildings.

Please note the seminar is being held at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center in Westford, Massachusetts. 


Dates and Locations

December 5-6   Westford, MA


The registration fee for this seminar is $795USD.
The fee includes lunch but does not include travel or accommodations.


Day 1
Schedule Session
8:00 - 8:30 -- Registration --
8:30 - 9:30 1. Spray Foam: The Big Picture
9:30 - 10:15 Cameo presentation: Dr. Mark Bomberg on "Understanding the history in order to see the future"
10:15 - 10:30 -- morning break --
10:30 - 11:30 2. Roofs: Problems and Solutions
11:30 - 12:00 Cameo presentation - Rick Duncan (SPFA) on "Code and Standards Challenges"
12:00 - 1:00 -- break for lunch --
1:00 - 2:00 3. Walls: Problems and Solutions
2:00 - 2:45 Cameo presentation - Paul Duffy (Icynene) on "Low-density Foam Technical Challenges"
2:45 - 3:00 -- afternoon break --
3:00 - 3:30 4. Looking into the Future with Spray Foam
3:30 - 4:00 Cameo presentation: Xuaco Pascal / Mary Bogdan (Honeywell) on "Blowing Agents"
4:00 - 4:30 Closing Remarks
Day 2
Schedule Session
10:00 - 10:15 -- morning break --
12:00 - 1:00 -- break for lunch
2:30 - 2:45 -- afternoon break --

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits for this course are pending.