ASTM/NIBS/Joint Committee

Toronto Building Science Education Workshop


The Toronto Workshop on Building Science Education, co-sponsored by ASTM, NIBS, and the Joint Committee on Building Science Education included presentations from invited speakers recognized in Canada and the United States as subject-matter experts in Building Science certification, training, and curriculum development. The Workshop had over 100 participants, including over 21 participants from US and Canadian universities.

A topic that was covered in a number of presentations was the institutional and other issues in universities and associated organizations constraining the offering of good building science curricula. The workshop expanded the findings of the January 2011 DOE/HUD Excellence in Building Science Education workshop. The presentations also included examples of good curricula.  Possible solutions were mentioned or inferred – which would be expanded upon in a future workshop. [The sequel to the Toronto Workshop was the January 2016 Workshop on Building Science Education in North America co-hosted by NIBS, ASTM, and the Joint Committee on Building Science Education, adjunct to NIBS Building Innovation Conference in Arlington, VA.]

The Toronto Workshop was held adjunct to an ASTM Committee Week and was originally intended to augment the work of the ASTM committees developing the core competencies for building enclosure commissioning providers. However, with significant interest in building science by the US Department of Energy, and the co-hosting of the Joint Committee on Building Science Education, the workshop provided broader benefits.

Daniel J. “Dan” Lemieux, AIA (Principal, Washington, D.C.) chaired this workshop, and also serves as Chairperson of ASTM International Subcommittee E06.55, Performance of Building Enclosures.  Co-Chairing the workshop were R. Christopher “Chris” Mathis, Chairman of the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) for NIBS, and Paul E. Totten, PE, Chairman of the BETEC Education Committee.  Representing the Joint Committee on Building Science Education were Samuel J. Taylor (DOE-BT retired), Coordinator; and Assoc. Prof. Patrick H. Huelman, U. MN. and Chair of the Joint Committee’s Task Group on Excellence in Building Science Curricula.



Daniel J. Lemieux, AIA
Workshop Chair
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc

Morning Session

Dr. Georg Reichard
Graz University of Technology
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
“Building Science Education from Europe to North America”

Prof. Ronald Krpan, PE
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
“Building Science from a Canadian Perspective: The BCIT Experience”

Dr. John F. Straube
University of Waterloo
“Educating the Educator”


Henry Green, Hon. AIA
National Institute of Building Sciences

Afternoon Session

Dr. John Fernandez
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Science-Based Architectural Teaching and Learning: A U.S. Perspective”

Post Conference Comments by Dr. Fernandez

Prof. Patrick Huelman
University of Minnesota
“Building Science Education: Consensus and Collaboration”

Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect,
US Department of Energy,
Building America Building Science Education

Andrew Dunlap, Smithgroup Architects,  Adjunct Prof., U of Detroit Mercy, 
What Architects Learn About Building Science (and What We Can Do About It…)

(Background:  Andrew Dunlap, 2013 Expanded Presentation)

Hua Ge, Concordia University,  
Concordia Building Engineering Program

Panel Discussions

Certification and Credentialing Programs: Stop-Gap Solution or Catalyst for Change?

Opportunities for Consensus and Collaboration

BIOS  of Speakers


Co-hosts and sponsors of the workshop include:

  • National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
  • Joint Committee on Building Science Education
  • ASTM E06, Performance of Buildings
  • ASTM E06.55, Performance of Building Enclosures
  • ASTM Subcommittee E06.41, Air Leakage and Ventilation Performance 
  • ASTM Built Environment Advisory Committee 
  • AIA/BETEC Building Enclosure Council (BEC) Detroit 
  • USG Corporation 
  • DuPont 
  • Tremco 
  • Roxul 
  • Concordia University