BBD 2018 Keynote

Multiple Systems, Multiple Opportunities: Improving Building Performance in the Residential Sector


John Straube's BBD 2018 Keynote Presentation (pdf)

Single-family and multi-unit residential projects can be designed to have very low energy use and high levels of occupant comfort, safety, and health. But that potential is not always achieved. In this keynote presentation, John Straube looks at performance and energy use and describes a range of opportunities for improving performance—even to net-zero or Passive House standards. The challenges and opportunities of multistory wood-framed buildings, emerging HVAC systems, and new construction technologies will provide a glimpse into the future of better residential buildings.

John Straube, RDH Building Science Inc.

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. His 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).

John Straube

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