Don't Do Stupid Things—Green Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Friday, October 1, 2010, 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM
Building 50 Auditorium
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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A great deal of "green architecture" does not work and the failures are not discussed because failures dealing with green don't fit into the environmentalist "template" of green being easy and cost-effective. The failures typically involve basic physics, engineering and construction practice—areas that the architectural profession has abandoned. Architects are trained as artists—not in the technology of construction. So the engineering profession has the answers? Wrong. Engineers are trained as computer programmers if they trained at all. Where do you go to get an engineering degree dealing with the building enclosure and HVAC systems? Nowhere in the United States. The blind are consulting with the inept. As for government policy? Cash for Caulkers? Home Star? What a mess. So what is the answer? Ah, come to the session. The answer is in the title: Don't Do Stupid Things.

Dr. Joseph Lstiburek

Dr. Joseph Lstiburek

Principal, Building Science Corporation

Lstiburek, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng., is a building scientist who investigates building failures and is internationally recognized as an authority on moisture related building problems and indoor air quality. He is an ASHRAE Fellow.

Dr. Lstiburek is a noted authority on energy efficient construction techniques and heads one of the four Building America program teams for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the developer of ADA (the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers). He is a former Director of Research of the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada.