Tuesday, August 30, 2022
3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Eastern
Free for MIAQC Members*
; $45 Nonmembers
This is a virtual presentation.

*Thanks to support from the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce, this program is free of charge for members in good standing of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.

Program Overview

The Building Science webinar will introduce you to the primary physical processes present in all built environments.  The core principles–air flow, moisture flow, pressure, and heat–are the foundation for the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings that are durable, energy-efficient, comfortable, and healthy for the people in them.  Building science drives building code development, building materials selection, building component placement, and construction practice.  Application of building science prevents system failures, creates healthy IAQ, improves energy-efficiency, and aids in the diagnosis and repair of problems when things go wrong.

Remember science lab?  The program presenters, Bill Turner and Erin Gibbs, will not only provide explanations of the basic principles at work in all buildings, they will also provide physical demonstrations of these processes at work.

What you’ll learn:

  • The primary driving forces that impact buildings
  • How air, moisture, pressure and heat can be both good, as well as bad, in buildings
  • Why the stack effect is still a predominant driving force in most building types
  • How decay can be prevented in highly insulated walls
  • Why weather alone does not provide adequate ventilation for a healthy home
  • What is comfort?  The driving forces of conduction, convection, and radiant heat

Who Should Attend:  builders, architects, engineers, code enforcement professionals, home inspectors, real estate professionals, public health professionals, building restoration professionals, lumber yard representatives, and anyone interested in healthy, productive, environmentally-sustainable construction.

About the Presenters:

About Erin Gibbs: 

Erin Gibbs is the Training Manager for the National Park Service’s Brick Earth Stone and Timber (BEST) Preservation Program operated by the Historic Preservation Training Center. Her work includes the development and delivery of technical preservation workshops for traditional building materials commonly found in the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from Macalester College with an emphasis in Near Eastern archaeology and conservation considerations for archaeological sites. She received her Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, where her research focused on the materials and technology used in historic and archaeological structures, their pathology, and treatment. Erin has trained and worked in the practical conservation of heritage resources with the Israel Museum, Israel Antiquities Authority, and Restoric LLC in Chicago IL. She is currently based out of Grand Teton National Park where she enjoys applying her skills to the preservation of historic and prehistoric resources on public lands.

About William A. Turner, PE:   

Bill is the president emeritus of Turner Building Science, LLC, and has 30+ years’ experience in dealing with fundamental Building Science, Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality forensic principles.  Bill has two renovated homes participating in the 1000 Home Challenge program, with a focus on energy efficiency and indoor air quality.  He provides training both locally and nationally for a broad range of building and IAQ organizations.

Program Schedule – Eastern Time Zone

3:15 p.m. – Webinar site opens – come tell us what you wish to learn!

3:30 p.m. – Presentation

4:45 p.m. – Wrap-up, Q & A and Post-Session Quiz Competition

5:15 p.m. – Program End

Continuing Education Credits

Type of Credit# Credits
BPIApproved for 1.5 credits
Program #17691
Code Enforcement1.0 credit Approved
USGBCSelf-Report with Certificate of Attendance
EngineersSelf-Report with Certificate of Attendance
ACACSelf-Report with Certificate of Attendance
CSISelf-Report with Certificate of Attendance
Cert. Energy AuditorsUse BPI credits. Approved for 1.0 CEU.
AIA (Architects)Pending
Maine Real Estate ProfessionalsApproved for 2 credits - Maine Real Estate Commission Number CN276C054IT
Home Inspectors (ASHI)Approved for 2 hours of ASHI Continuing Education Credits


Have specific questions you want answered during the webinar?  Consider submitting them to the presenter in advance!  Email your questions to:  christy@maineindoorair.org no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022.

Questions about registration and donations can be directed to the office of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.  Call 207-626-8115 or e-mail christy@maineindoorair.org.

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