Monday, August 5, 2013
The Westford Symposium on Building Science (September 4-7, 2013) is a great event to do a lot of things including learning what the really smart people in this field have discovered lately and to network with friends old and new. The presenters (mostly research engineers and PhD's) come from all over the world and tell us mere mortals all kinds of, "Wow, I didn't know that, or That is a useful piece of information." stuff that they discovered in their research! They teach us how to build better walls, drier basements, improved ways to keep water out of building assemblies, and a lot of other useful information. We also learn about new building products and HVAC equipment that the manufacturers will soon be bringing to market.
Obviously, I'm not an engineer or a PhD. My role in all of this (as I see it) is to be the middle man between these geniuses and the boots on the ground designing, building, insulating and air conditioning structures. Actually, I think that I get an invite every year because I've known Joe and Betsy for 20 or so years. We were budding building science and sustainability geeks together back before it was cool. By the way, Joe is Joe Lstiburek, PhD. PE, the nations' leading building science practitioner and Betsy is Betsy Pettit, FAIA, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and one of the nation's leading green architects. She is also the President of Building Science Corporation (BSC - http://www.buildingscience.com/ ) and Joe's wife. They are the brains, drive and imagination behind BSC and the host and hostess of Summer Camp. (http://www.energyvanguard.com/blog-building-science-HERS-BPI/bid/28100/I-Don-t-Need-No-Stinkin-Building-Science-Summer-Camp)