IBS 2018 Master Session: How Do I Avoid This? Conquering Home Performance Errors Before & After Construction

Often, design and construction practices can have unintended consequences, and not addressing them up front can result in significant—and expensive—fixes later on. This can be especially problematic with remodeling and retrofits, where controlling air moisture movement can be more difficult than new construction.

The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) Master Session, “How Do I Avoid This? Conquering Home Performance Errors Before & After Construction,” is lead by some of the industry’s most recognizable high performance experts. Brian Lieburn, Peter Yost, Todd Usher, Joseph Lstiburek and Matt Risinger will teach participants a step-by-step process to identify problems and develop appropriate solutions from both a remodeling and a new construction standpoint.

In this three-hour advanced session, you will:

  • Identify common performance errors that can lead to moisture and durability problems.
  • Analyze how air tightness, moisture management, and thermal and vapor control layers must work together to prevent durability problems.
  • Discuss solutions to prevent various performance errors in new construction and retrofit solutions for existing homes.
  • Gain insight into how moisture and air move together in the building envelope.

About Our Presenters:
Brian Lieburn
of Dow Building Solutions has spent the majority of his professional career in production home building in Ohio and North Carolina. He joined the Dow Chemical Company in 2010, and his work there has centered on new product and application development.

Peter Yost is the principal and vice president of building performance at BuildingGreen, Inc. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing and consulting on high performance homes for more than 25 years. His expertise stretches from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability and he’s made significant contributions to the work of many leading home building organizations including the NAHB Research Center.

Todd Usher, CAPS, CGB, CMB, Master CGP, is the founder and president of Addison Homes and is focused on growing his company into Greenville, South Carolina’s leading healthy, high performance builder. Todd was the first builder to earn the NAHB Master Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation in the country, and he will also be one of the presenters at the IBS session, “The Smart Bet: Better Homes. Better World. Better Profits.”

Joseph Lstiburek, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng., is a principal of Building Science Corporation and an ASHRAE Fellow. He is an Adjunct Professor of Building Science at the University of Toronto and a building scientist who investigates building failures. Joe will also be presenting the IBS session, “Ventilation: Does Your Building ‘Suck’?

Matt Risinger got his start in the building world in 1995 with a national builder, but it was the mold crisis of the early 2000s that got him started on the path of high performance. He studied building science voraciously in order to understand these failures and prevent them in future builds. This led to him blogging in 2007 and branching out to video in 2008. Matt is also one of the presenters at the IBS session, “Social Hour: Killer #SocialMedia Case Studies.”

How to Secure Your Seat:
This Master Session will be held on Tuesday, January 9 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM and is eligible for continuing education credits. To register, you must have a full registration or one-day education registration for Tuesday. General seating is first-come, first-served, but seats can be reserved in advance for $25. Reserved seating can only be purchased during IBS advanced registration online, not on site. Simply add this session to your Builders’ Show registration.

Get details of all the Master Sessions offered at IBS 2018 here.

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