Better Building Works would not be where we are today if not for the research and technological developments made by experts in the building science community. We greatly appreciate those individuals who strive to make the world a better place, and want to publicly thank a certain few – it’s going to take us a while – hence the series.

First up is Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., P. Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, and Betsy Pettit, M. Arch., FAIA. You’re in pretty good shape if you keep in mind that they are both always right, and if that confuses you, you’re probably heading in the right direction.

Dr. Lstiburek has been a major influencer in the building science community. So much so, that the Wall Street Journal called him “the dean of North American Building Science.” Dr. Lstiburek, alongside business partner Betsy Pettit, founded the Building Science Corporation in 1990 and has directed it to become “one of the most influential, innovative, and respected building science firms in North America.”

Betsy Pettit is the lead motivator in the Building Science Corporation’s involvement in the Department of Energy’s Building America Project. Pettit has over 35 years of professional experience in the architectural field, including backgrounds in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. Her passion for architecture reaches beyond going green; Pettit is well known for her partnership with Habitat for Humanity, among other developers, and for building affordable and economical housing.

The Building Science Corporation is a core educator of building science technology with an expert focus on moisture dynamics, building forensics, and indoor air quality. The BSC’s seminars cover the fundamental and advanced topics of building science to help give the public the tools for staying on top of an ever-changing industry.

And Summer Camp O’ Summer Camp! We are forever grateful for this gathering of minds, each of which has made us better and smarter in the kind of way that makes us realize anew that there is so much more to learn.

Here’s a clue for the upcoming second in our series: “What happens at a WUFI seminar …” Check back here for the rest of the story!


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