Special Presentation: "Why Buildings Matter" Chris Mathis, Building Scientist

The UNF Environmental Center is hosting a talk by R. Christopher “Chris” Mathis, founder of Mathis Consulting. Chris is a building scientist who has spent the past 30 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to code compliance, to long-term durability and sustainability.

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This presentation will remind us of the critical importance of our buildings.  It will also help re-shape our understanding of our buildings, especially as to their role in our state's and nation's overall energy, power and water demand.

Using photographs from around the world, attendees will be taken on a journey that will provide a clear context for the challenges on the road to sustainability.  What are the challenges that exist to meaningful market transformation? What truly defines a high performance building? Where do we go from here?

Chris recently was recognized as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, conducting seminars on a variety of building science, energy efficiency and sustainability topics across the US and worldwide. Now, as president of Mathis Consulting Company (MC²), Chris and his team provide a variety of strategic services to both private and public sector interests related to buildings and building product performance.

The event will take place on February 20, 2013 at the Adam W. Herbert University Center (12000 Alumni Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224), which is located on the University of North Florida campus.

There will be a short meet-and-greet at 6:30 PM, with the presentation starting at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free at the University Center and light refreshments will be provided. Additional support for this program is provided by the Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the U.S. Green Building Council North Florida Chapter.

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  • Jim G.

    A very good presentation. Especially impressed with the emphasis on the impact of our non-sustainable economy on those who are not as fortunate as many of us. Thank you.

    February 21, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Very informative, clear and concise, but not dumbed down.

    February 21, 2013

  • Cheryl V.

    Really good info!

    February 21, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Infomative and very interesting talk about the role of energy efficient buildings in sustainability and the problems we face with most buildings being older and built ineffiently, especially with no clear govenmental policy favoring change.

    February 20, 2013

  • Ken M.

    really excellent

    February 20, 2013

  • Dagmar

    I always get lost at UNF campus but do know how to get to the hiking trails and adjacent security building. I will come if I can find this location

    February 20, 2013

    • Cheryl V.

      It's the first building on the left when you come in from kernan blvd

      February 20, 2013

  • Latisha

    I forgot I had a prior comitment at the same time.

    February 19, 2013

  • Jim G.

    Sounds great!

    February 18, 2013

  • Ken M.

    Looking forward to the event .

    February 9, 2013

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