The Building Enclosure and its Impact on the Real Energy Performance of Buildings

  • March 22, 2012
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Dalnavert Museum
As more attention is paid to low energy buildings, their real performance becomes more important. As professionals we must move beyond the rhetoric and the narrative of sustainable performance and pay more attention to what the numbers and data are telling us. The building enclosure plays a significant role in how buildings perform and provide the boundary conditions within which the performance is achieved with the M/E systems. Windows have a larger effect on overall enclosure performance than nearly any other part of the enclosure.

This presentation will review the data, the research and the real performance of buildings.

Speaker Bio:

Steve Kemp, M.A.Sc., B.Sc., B.Eng., P.Eng., is a sustainable design consultant with Enermodal Engineering and the Division Head of Building Energy Research. His projects have highlighted low energy consumption building without sacrificing environmental quality. His career has been highly varied, starting in energy modeling of low energy cooling where he developed algorithms for a number of software programs modeling HVAC, fenestration and solar systems. As a number of real world low energy projects came to fruition Steve was involved in monitoring their performance as well as troubleshooting and commissioning the various energy building and systems.

Steve has been a CaGBC faculty member since 2007, and since 1999 has been developing and delivering continuing education workshops to building designers for Natural Resources Canada, Architecture Canada, and number other industry organizations. The topics have included renewable energy systems, retrofitting existing buildings, high performance HVAC systems and sustainable design.

Steve has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Engineering as well as a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, the President of the Canadian Chapter of IBPSA, and chairs the CaGBC Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group.
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