By: F. L. Andrew Padian
It may be hard to believe, but NESEA’s Building Energy Conference is less than 2 weeks away, March 8-10. Yes, another year has passed. We’re sending you a heads up on five session to see at a minimum. There are other reasons to come, but these are mine. To sweeten the pot, NESEA has created a special promotion code for you to use. With this code: FRIENDOFNESEA (note that this code is case sensitive), your friends and colleagues will receive $25 off the non-member workshop, conference and trade show pass pricing (this does not include NESEA Night). The code should be entered into the “discount code” field at the top of the registration page.
Tuesday, March 8 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Diagnosing and Air Sealing Large Commercial and Institutional Buildings
The always interesting, informative and entertaining Larry Harmon’s air sealing in commercial buildings session should be on your calendar. Larry’s session will focus on both air leakage and thermal deficiencies. He’ll discuss how, when, where and why to test; how to determine if there is a problem; how to fix what is found and finally, how to test again to be sure the problem was solved. In addition to the building science nitty gritty, topics will include how to choose appropriate materials, safety/OSHA considerations and how to ensure a quality installation.
Wednesday, March 9 – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm: Moving Beyond Faith Based Ventilation
In this pairing of Terry Brennan and David White, we are posed the following: As with any mechanical system, the efficacy of ventilation can be compromised by a number of factors, including design flaws, improper installation, inadequate maintenance and operator error—some of which can only be caught through post-installation testing and ongoing monitoring. The presenters will share strategies for avoiding problems in the first place, as well as for identifying and correcting common problems that may arise after installation and commissioning.
Wednesday, March 9 – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Airtightness Testing in Large Buildings
As if one needs to tell you that John Straube is awesome, this session reviews why one would invest in airtightness testing for a large building, how the testing is done, how the results are interpreted, and how this information can be used.
Thursday, March 10 – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm: Roofs: Research and Reality
Two of my favorite practitioners, Kohta Ueno and Peter Marciano will discuss proper roof construction, venting, details, and research. These are two real stars that will help you learn more in 90 minutes to prevent you from going to court for another roof failure than you have in all of your past lives.
Thursday, March 10 – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Success through Quality Management: Building a Stronger Company
John Tooley is the expert’s expert, and one of the best speakers you will ever encounter. He has helped thousands of practitioners and hundreds of companies operate more efficiently. Quality experts estimate that 25-40% of dollars spent by typical businesses is waste. Companies focused on quality spend less, reduce waste, cut operating costs, and invest in processes that result in: greater profits; stronger financial position; improved competitive capabilities; operational stability; greater customer success/satisfaction, and setting trends for the industry. Simply put, no service-based industry has ever made less money by doing things right the first time. For owners, partners, operation managers, and supervisors.