Southface Lecture Series
Southface hosts a variety of events that are designed to educate, inform, inspire and connect a regional and national community of sustainability professionals, including:
Southface's vibrant lecture series, "Excellence in Building Science" is designed to provide advanced, technical education in state-of-the-art building methodologies, material and technologies. Southface believes that by enhancing the core knowledge of key industry specialists and practitioners, we can most effectively promote sustainability, energy- and water-efficiency within the building design and construction industry.
Lectures are scheduled biannually and information from our May event is below. Lectures are currently being developed for 2014.
May Lecture: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Presenter: Bill Warren, BWES Building Science
Topic: Commercial Building Envelope Best Practices and Air Leakage Assessment
The same principals of residential air barriers apply to whole building air barriers in big buildings. The issue we face is that the design and construction elements have become more challenging as commercial buildings get bigger and the geometry and materials get more complicated. This will be an interactive class including the following topic areas:
• Building science ground rules
• Air barrier materials
• Code and best practice
• Design and specifications
• Construction and quality control
• Commissioning with air leakage testing and thermography.
During the course of the day, we will take a break from the lecture to perform hands-on air leakage testing during a live diagnostic demonstration at a local commercial building. Imagine multiple blower door fans with smoke sticks and thermal cameras, as we snoop around and identify cracks and leakage pathways. After this, we’ll wrap up by discussing what we found and what we’ve learned.
CEUs: This lecture has been approved for 6 AIA LU hours and 6 GBCI continuing education hours.
About the Speaker:
Bill Warren is a nationally recognized building science expert, who has developed and managed energy, indoor environmental quality and building performance projects for Advanced Energy, The US Department of Energy, The Duke Endowment, State Energy Office of North Carolina, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Building Codes Assistance Project, NC Cooperative Extension Service, Southface, The Energy Center at Appalachian State University and others.
He managed the DOE crawl space research and commercialization program. The outcome of this research has resulted in significant building performance improvements in the way crawlspaces are designed, constructed and repaired. Bill is co-author of the design guide: Closed Crawlspace: An Introduction to Design, Construction and Performance.
Bill is a lead consultant on US Army Corps of Engineers air barrier consulting and testing projects. His portfolio consists of 60 plus building projects completed or in progress totaling 3 million plus square feet. Building types include barracks, offices, dining halls, specialized training facilitates, and child development centers. He is actively involved in large building air leakage research and training.