All Day Seminar: Meaningful Measurements of Building Performance

November 03, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Engineering Center of St. Louis (The Engineer's Club)
4359 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
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How do we cut through conflicting claims and confirm that our built environment – building products, assemblies, buildings, or neighborhoods and cities – actually performs the way we expect it to? Are we merely creating an image of energy efficiency and sustainability without solid reality to back up our promises? How do we meaningfully measure the performance of our built environment?

This seminar brings together researchers and professors who have done substantive science in building performance. Each presents a different aspect of the built environment, ranging from the micro level of heat and moisture mechanics in wall assemblies to the macro level of public policy and urban demographics:

  • Manfred Kehrer, Dipl.-Ing., Senior Associate at Wiss Janney Elster (WJE), was group manager responsible for developing WUFI software and is Official WUFI Collaboration Partner for USA/Canada. His work includes seminal studies into thermal and moisture movement through building envelope assemblies, and he will be discussing “Hygrothermal Building Performance Assessment in the 21st Century: Motivation, Basics, Examples.”
  • James E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D., PE, is a Fellow and Distinguished Member of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and retired William E. Jamerson Professor of Building Construction at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He will be presenting his recent work “Evaluating Indoor Environmental Performance in Eldercare and Other Occupied Facilities.”
  • John H. Scofield, Ph.D., experimental physicist and Oberlin College professor, describes himself as having “…the heart of an engineer and the head of a physicist." The co-author of 47 peer-reviewed research papers, he recently completed detailed studies of energy consumption performance of green buildings.  Dr. Scofield asks and answers the question, “Do Green Buildings Really Save Energy?” 
  • Wendell Cox, MBA, Principal at Demographia (Wendell Cox Consultancy), is an urban policy analyst specializing in housing affordability, transportation, and demographics. Author of the annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, he spent nine years as Visiting Professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts and Metiers, Paris. His topic is “Does Stopping Sprawl Improve Urban Performance?”

Our Chapter’s partner for this seminar, Alberti Group, is an interdisciplinary consultancy that brings together highly qualified professionals with expertise in risk management, law, architecture, construction, and forensic assessment. “We’re pleased to bring this intensive seminar to St. Louis,” said Ujjval Vyas, J.D., Ph.D., Alberti’s Principal. “Construction professionals often misunderstand the methodology behind serious scientific work. Marketing, not science, frequently drives performance predictions. We hope our presentations increase rigor, objectivity, and comprehension among our participants.”


7:00AM - 8:00AM  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00AM - 5:00PM  Seminar, including Lunch and Snacks
5:00PM - 6:00PM  Optional Social Hour and Networking 

FULL SEMINAR Cost: $75 (CSI members), $90 (affiliated organizations); $100 (non-members). Early registration and payment at these rates required on or before October 29. Registration and payment will be accepted after that date, if space is available, for $100 (CSI members) and $125 (all others).  Cancellations with full refund accepted until October 31, no cancellations after that date.

Reservations are required as seating is limited.

Call 636-447-1357 or email us at for more information.


$100.00 Ticket for Chapter Members starting October 30
$75.00 Earlybird rate before October 29

$125.00 Affiliate Members (AIA, BEC, AGC, USGBC) starting October 30
$90.00 Earlybird rate before October 29

$125.00 Non-Member Ticket starting October 30
$100.00 Earlybird rate before October 29

$500.00 November Seminar Lunch Sponsorship

$300.00 November Seminar General Sponsorship