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TAREI 2013 Winter Conference January 11-12, 2013 Houston

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Dr. Joe Lstiburek is coming to Houston!

TAREI Winter Conference & Membership Meeting

January 11-12, 2013  

 Norris Conference Centers - Houston/Westchase
9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102
Houston, TX 77042

No, your eyes are not fooling you!  TAREI is proud to annouce that world renowned Building Science professor, Dr. Joe Lsituburek will be presenting an 8-hour lecture on SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013 on the following topics:

Building Enclosure Water and Vapor Management 

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

  • This includes: Roofs-Vented and unvented roofs
  • Walls- Housewraps, foam sheathings, window installation, door installation
  • Foundations- slabs, vapor barriers and flooring
  • Vented and unvented crawlspaces  

What works and what does not.  New products and old ideas.  Old products and new ideas.  

This course is approved for 8 hours of TREC approved credit!



Track 1:  HVAC (8 hours of TREC approved credit)

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Back by popular demand!  This class is BRAND NEW and has only been given once before.  In fact, a TAREI member with a license number in the 300's said "This is the best HVAC class I've ever taken!"  Wow...come see why! 

Track 2 :  Framing & Foundations (8 hours of TREC approved credit)

8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

R Michael Gray, Texas Professional Structural Engineer will provide information on Houston area soils, typical foundation designs used in Houston, how slab foundations work, what happens when they work as well as they should, foundation repair methods, how engineers assess the performance of foundations, how TREC inspectors should apply the Standards of Practice to foundations, and what resources are available that TREC inspectors can use to educate themselves and their clients.
R Michael Gray PE has inspected approximately 15,000 residential foundations in Houston over the last 25 years. He is a member of the Foundation Performance Association, and is the webmaster of http://www.houstonslabfoundations.com/ and http://www.wateryourfoundation.com/. He has also published two papers on evaluating slab foundation performance in the Proceedings of the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

CLICK HERE to view a video excerpt from the last TAREI Seminar with Dr. Joe!!

More About Dr. Joe  

Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, is a principal of Building Science Corporation. He is a     building scientist who investigates building failures and is internationally recognized as an authority on moisture related building problems and indoor air quality. He is an Adjunct Professor of  Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and the past chairman of ASTM E241 - Increasing the Durability of Building Assemblies from Moisture Induced Damage. He is a contributor and reviewer of Chapters 21 and 22 of ASHRAE Fundamentals. Dr. Lstiburek is an ASHRAE fellow. 

Dr. Lstiburek has appeared on PBS NOVA ("Can buildings make you sick?") and is the author of numerous books and technical papers on building science, indoor air quality and durability. He is the author of the U.S. DOE Handbook on Moisture Control and a special contributor to the EPA guidance document on Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on energy efficient construction techniques and heads one of the four the Building America program teams for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the developer of ADA (the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers) and a building science researcher affiliated with the Centre for Building Science, University of Toronto. He is a former Director of Research of the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada. 

Dr. Lstiburek has written numerous books and technical papers on building construction. He is the best selling author of the Builder Guides and has over 50 technical and journal articles to his credit. He has conducted forensic investigations and served as an expert witness on building failures all over the U.S. He is an expert in the areas of rain penetration, air barriers, vapor barriers, air quality, durability and construction technology. He specializes in rain damage and mold and microbial contamination of buildings. 

Dr. Lstiburek is an acclaimed public speaker and lecturer in building science. His seminars and presentations on building durability issues are attended by hundreds of architects, engineers, builders, and property managers in the United States each year. 

Dr. Lstiburek received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate in Building Science at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lstiburek has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1982.


 "I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Joe Lstiburek speak at a TAREI event years ago and it was perhaps the best seminar I have ever attended. When I heard TAREI had lined him up for a January event, I immediately signed up.  

If you are a home inspector, this is the one you definitely do not want to miss. Dr. Joe is world renowned for his expertise. This is another TAREI "slam-dunk" event."

Cecil Brooks
TAREI Past-President



 Please forward this email to any builder, agent, contractor or building science professional.  This seminar is open to all who are interested.