At Building Science Labs, we often discuss spray foam, and every time we do, more questions come up. People are worried about failures. Spray foam is actually harder to mess up than you may think, but as with any material, failures in design, installation and operation do happen. This presentation will help you avoid issues that we see in our investigations in the field. Using forensic case studies, from low-sloped roofs to swimming pool enclosures, we will provide examples of what not to do for enclosures with both open-cell and closed-cell spray foam. You will come away with a stronger understanding of how spray foam works and how to design with it successfully.
Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist
At RDH, John conducts forensic investigations, assists with the design of new high performance buildings, and leads research projects in the areas of low-energy building design, building enclosure performance, hygrothermal analysis, and field performance monitoring. Dr. Straube is also 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).
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