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Energy Efficiency with Dr. John Straube
As we approach very high performance levels, small design elements become more significant. In this session focused on commercial buildings, John Straube will discuss the tricky details required to meet demanding energy efficiency targets without compromising durability. Adding insulation is just the beginning – to get to higher performance levels, designers and builders need to pay close attention to a range of issues, in particular airtightness and thermal bridging. Join us to hear Dr. Straube’s insights on common challenges and recommendations for design, construction, and commissioning. About the speaker: John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a Principal at RDH Building Science Inc., where he heads forensic investigations and leads research projects in the areas of low-energy building design, building enclosure performance, hygrothermal analysis, and field monitoring of wall assemblies. He is also a prolific writer and a noted public speaker. As one blogger wrote after attending a keynote speech: “he clearly loves what he does.” In addition to his work with RDH, Dr. Straube is a cross- appointed faculty member in the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Straube’s leadership as a building scientist and an educator has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Building Science Education from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) and the Professional Leadership Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).

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The NY Passive House ( (NYPH) Meetups are organized by NYPH members (, working to promote a healthy, comfortable and energy-efficient built environment through the promotion of the Passive House building standard (

NYPH is an independent not-for-profit organization that facilitates the exchange of information and experiences, among local, national and international practitioners of the Passive House building standard.

Presentations at the Meetup will vary from broad general introductions to specific concerns of materials, systems and methods. We hope the NY Passive House Meetup will make a meaningful and concrete contribution to the understanding of Passive House in New York.

NYPH members ( include PH consultants, contractors, architects, engineers, home owners, energy conscious NY-ers and developers. By becoming a NYPH member (, you support NYPH and get to go to all meetups for free and help us to create promote PH as a building standard in NYC. As well as get invited to attend Professional meetings, for more in depth Passive House topics

The meetup members are people simply interested in finding out more about Passive House ( and besides NYPH members include all people simply interested in PH and would like to get updates of when/where NYPH events are taking place. Meetup members do pay a small fee, which helps to defray the cost of organizing NYPH events (again NYPH members get in for free). So no matter your background, if you are interested in making more healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings, join today!

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