Building Innovation 2016 Conference & Expo Program


Conference Program

Second Workshop on Building Science Education in North America:

Building Bridges and Bridging the Gap

Earn 7.5 Learning Units / Health, Safety, Welfare 

Monday, January 11, 2016, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

This workshop is sponsored by ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings and its subcommittees E06.55 Performance of Building Enclosures and E06.41 on Air Leakage and Ventilation Performance in conjunction with ASTM Built Environment Advisory Council; National Institute of Building Sciences; and the Joint Committee on Building Science Education.


The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and ASTM International (ASTM) will explore the state of building science education in North America and collaborate to examine ways to improve educational training and curriculum development during this one-day workshop. University decision-makers and other experts in education from universities in Canada and the United States will present a critical view of college-level building science and will work with building industry professionals on how to create new opportunities for professional development and career advancement in architecture and engineering.


Speakers for the second Workshop on Building Science Education in North America will build on challenges identified during the first workshop, held in Toronto in 2014. Together with the workshop participants, they will explore in detail how climate change; demand for energy-efficient, high-performance buildings; and increasingly savvy clients and building owners have aligned to create an array of opportunities for those building industry professionals with the education and technical training necessary to integrate the art and science of what we design and how we build.


In addition to demand and resulting gaps in the marketplace, this second workshop will focus on solutions that can support the growing readiness of collegiate architecture, engineering and construction programs to expand and improve building science education while addressing traditional academic constraints. University administrators and directors, educators and students will reconvene with leaders from public- and private-sector real estate development, design, construction, insurance and legal communities to share examples of how building science has already begun to bridge the gap between academia and the growing demand for design and construction professionals who can deliver truly sustainable, higher-performing buildings. The group also will explore opportunities to refine accreditation requirements, as well as training requirements for emerging design professionals.


Invited speakers, panelists and attendees will share their views and then openly debate programs developed specifically to infuse building science fundamentals into existing course curriculum requirements at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • William P. Bahnfleth, PhD, PE, Professor of Architectural Engineering and Director, Indoor Environment Center, Pennsylvania State University
  • Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, President, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Walter Grondzik, PE, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, ASHRAE Fellow, Past President of the Society of Building Science Educators
  • Pat Huelman, Professor, Building Testing, Diagnostics and Building Science, University of Minnesota
  • Lisa D. Iulo, RA, LEED AP, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University
  • Stephen Lee, AIA, Professor and Head of the School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dan Lemieux, AIA, NCARB, Principal, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates
  • Samuel Rashkin, Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Georg Reichard, PhD, Associate Professor of Building Construction, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Virginia Tech
  • Charles Steger, PhD, FAIA, President Emeritus of Virginia Tech and Board Member of the National Institute of Building Sciences
  • John Straube, PhD, PE, Associate Professor of Building Science, Joint Appointment Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Thomas Vonier, FAIA, RIBA, President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Founding President of AIA Continental Europe, and Secretary General of the International Union of Architects (UIA)
  • Ujjval K. Vyas, PhD, Principal, Alberti Group
  • Building science education
  • Curriculum development
  • Technical training
  • Certification requirements
  • Professional development
  • Accreditation requirements
  • Career advancement


Introductory Session: Challenges and Opportunities

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Virginia Tech

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Welcome and Introductions

8:15 am – 8:30 am

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Opening Keynote

Challenges and Opportunities
Charles Steger
, PhD, FAIA, Virginia Tech

9:15 am – 10:00 am

The Truth about Industry & Stakeholder Expectations
Ujjval K. Vyas, PhD, The Alberti Group

10:00 am – 10:15 am



Morning Panel: Building Bridges

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Finding the 'Art' in the Science

The morning session will explore the "art" of teaching building science and the resources available to enhance both the studio and classroom experience through experiential learning and the infusion of building science fundamentals into curriculum requirements for the next generation of design and construction professional.

John Straube, PhD, PE, University of Waterloo
Stephen R. Lee, AIA, LEED AP, Carnegie Mellon University
Walter Grondzik, PE, Ball State University
William P. Bahnfleth, PhD, PE, Pennsylvania State University
Georg Reichard, PhD, Virginia Tech additional resources

Discussion and Closing Round

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Speaker sponsored by Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing

Building Science: Opportunity for Architects?
Thomas Vonier
, FAIA, RIBA, American Institute of Architects


Afternoon Panel: Bridging the Gap

1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The afternoon session will build upon the morning session by exploring both published and on-line resources available to students, instructors and practicing professionals in building science to meet the increasing demand for design and construction professionals who can deliver, rather than simply promise, higher performing buildings.

Pat Huelman, University of Minnesota (Moderator)
John Straube, PhD, PE, University of Waterloo
Samuel Rashkin, U.S. Department of Energy
Lisa D. Iulo, RA, LEED AP, Pennsylvania State University

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm



Closing Session: The Road Ahead

3:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Educator’s Forum

Selected speakers and panelists will be invited to return to the stage to participate in an open discussion with members of the audience on the future of Building Science Education in North America. Topics will include strategies available to strengthen the education, training, certification and licensure requirements for design and construction professionals in building science.

Georg Reichard, PhD, Virginia Tech (Moderator)
John Straube, PhD, PE, University of Waterloo
William P. Bahnfleth, PhD, PE, Pennsylvania State University
Pat Huelman, University of Minnesota
Walter Grondzik, PE, Ball State University
Stephen Lee, AIA, Carnegie Mellon University
Lisa D. Iulo, RA, LEED AP, Pennsylvania State University

Invited Inquiries
Selected representatives from membership groups, accrediting bodies, codes and standards organizations and owner/client groups will each get an opportunity to briefly present their groups point of view and ask their one burning question of the panelists.

Panelists will take questions and comments from the audience.

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Dan Lemieux, AIA, NCARB, Wiss Janney Elstner
Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, National Institute of Building Sciences

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Cocktail Reception

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