APPRIL SERIES MEETING - "WHY BUILDINGS MATTER"
Central Arkansas ASHRAE Chapter Meeting
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When: Apr 29, 2020 12:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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12:30 - 1:30 Program by: Chris Mathis
"Why Buildings Matter"
As our flagship standard for the minimum energy efficiency for buildings (except low-rise residential), ASHRAE 90.1 represents the Standard of Care for all certifying professionals serving the building industry. The latest version of that standard, 2016, contains dramatic changes that all certifying professionals should know. Attendees will gain a renewed perspective on the importance of buildings. Attendees will learn about the critical connections between building energy use and other social and environmental imperatives – such as available fuel supply, power trends, water use and availability, population growth, etc. Attendees will learn about critical energy, and environmental trends that will challenge the status quo building decision-making and help to prioritize delivered building performance. Attendees will learn about some of the most recent changes to 90.1, especially in those critical areas often overlooked by HVAC professionals – the building envelope provisions – as well as other changes. Attendees will be challenged to update their knowledge and understanding of the Standard and its role in delivering better buildings. The presenter has served over 15 years on the SSPC 90.1 development committee and remains an active participant in its development.
R. Christopher “Chris” Mathis has spent the past 30 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to code compliance to sustainability and long-term performance durability.
Chris received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT where his graduate work focused on energy use in buildings. He has served as a Scientist in the Insulation Technology Laboratory at the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Technical Center, was the Director of the Thermal Testing Laboratory for the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, and Director of Marketing for Architectural Testing, Inc., a private laboratory specializing in the performance of buildings and building products, particularly fenestration performance testing.
Chris is an active participant in Standards and Code development at ASHRAE, NFRC, ASTM and the ICC. He was a founding member and served for four years as the first Director of the National Fenestration Rating Council, the non-profit organization that developed the nation’s energy performance rating and labeling system for windows, doors and skylights.
Chris has been a member and active participant in ASTM committee E06 on Performance of Buildings since 1984. During his tenure at ASTM he has worked on numerous task groups and subcommittees developing a range of standards and test methods addressing window performance, window installation, thermal testing of windows, wall system performance and whole building performance. He currently chairs E06.51.11 addressing window installation standards. He is also a member of committee C16 on Insulation and E60 on Sustainability. Chris currently chairs the Built Environment Advisory Committee at ASTM.
Chris is a 30-year member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In ASHRAE he has worked on window thermal test standards, national model codes for commercial buildings (ASHRAE 90.1), model codes for residential buildings (ASHRAE 90.2) and is the energy consultant to Standard 189.1 – ASHRAE’s model code for sustainable commercial buildings. He is also the energy consultant to the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee. Chris has been recognized as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, conducting seminars on a variety of building science, energy efficiency and sustainability topics across the US and worldwide.
Chris has published numerous technical papers at ASHRAE and presented his work at a variety of national and international conferences. His publications include technical papers on: advanced test methods for insulation materials and wall systems; daylighting design and assessment techniques; off-peak cooling techniques for commercial office buildings; new residential and commercial energy codes; and metrics for environmentally preferable products. He has written numerous engineer-, architect-, builder- and consumer-targeted articles and guides on various building and product performance issues. He is the author of Insulating Guide - a book for home builders providing insulating best practices for many of the most common home building details. He is the co-author of Is Your Home Protected from Water Damage? A Homeowner’s Guide to Water Damage Prevention published by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.
Chris has been involved in state and national code development since 1988. He was selected four times to serve on the International Energy Conservation Code Committee of the ICC, working to refine and improve the IECC – our national model energy code. He was also selected to be a member of ICC’s Sustainable Building Technology Committee helping to draft a national model code for sustainable buildings. He served on the ICC’s first Code Development Committee for the International Green Construction Code.
Chris is a member of the Board of Directors of BETEC – the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. He also served six years on the Board of Directors of the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA).
Chris provides a number of accredited training seminars for architects, engineers, builders, manufacturers, code officials, utility program developers and others addressing these myriad building science and building performance issues – from improved building energy efficiency and comfort to energy and power planning to improved building and energy codes to the challenges of sustainability and green building. He is a frequent keynote speaker at various national conferences and events.
Chris is also an on-going student of about 90 million years of sustainability and building science through his activities as a beekeeper. He lives and works near the farm he grew up on in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
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