There is renewed attention being paid to expedited building processes using prefabricated and modular components. The drive to manage moisture during construction, accelerate construction cycles, and minimize construction waste has sharpened interest in prefab. Alas, there is much unjustified “prefabulous” hype. What can building science tell us about the different prefab options? How are they different and how are they the same as traditional construction? What do you need to know to avoid problems and use prefab options 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).