May 9, 2018

Learn about our ABAA 2018 speakers

Chris Bubser, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Quality Manager
Mortenson Construction

Chris Bubser has a degree in Architecture from Iowa State University, and spent the first 15 years of his career designing and renovating high-end single family homes. He made a shift in his career to commercial construction in 2007, and suddenly found himself working on a football stadium. Since then, he has had the opportunity to explore the unique challenges of many other building types including concert halls, health care facilities, data centers, laboratories, research facilities, and office buildings. Chris has specialized in designing and evaluating enclosure systems throughout his career. He is currently a Quality Manager for Mortenson Construction, where he has guided multiple project teams through the enclosure review process and managed the QA/QC process during construction.

Christine Cronin, M. Arch

Senior Associate
Building Science Corporation

Christine Cronin works with developers, contractors, and architects to mitigate the risk of technical failures in new construction.  She is well-versed in both commercial and residential design, reviewing drawings and making recommendations that promote appropriate water control, air control, constructability, durability, and energy efficiency.  For clients with a portfolio of upcoming projects, she assists in developing design standards commensurate with their tolerance for risk.  During the construction phase, Ms. Cronin reviews work in progress and addresses conditions or changes in sequence or scope that were not anticipated during the design phase.

Ms. Cronin is a Senior Associate at Building Science Corporation and is Vice-Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.12, Moisture Management in Buildings.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and her Master of Architecture from NewSchool of Architecture + Design.

J. Lee Durston, BS, CBST II

Principal, Division Manager
Morrison Hershfield

Lee Durston is a Building Science specialist with over 13 years of experience in a variety of project types including military, mid-rise, natatoriums, government, hospitality and multi-family residential.  He serves on the US Department of Defense High Performance Building Envelope Task Force and is a contributing editor for the USACE Air Leakage Testing Protocol. He is a contributing author for the International Energy Agency Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Annex 46 “Energy and Process Assessment Protocol”.  Lee provides industry training for Building Envelope related professionals, contractors, architects, developers, and has developed specific training programs for Navy Facilities Command (NAVFAC) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Denali Jones, EIT

Building Science Engineer
RDH Building Science Inc.

Denali’s work is focused primarily on new construction projects, reviewing the design and constructability of building enclosures to ensure the primary control layers are maintained through all assemblies, details, and fenestration systems. Denali also regularly performs field review of ongoing enclosure construction, verifying conformance with project details and manufacturer’s instructions, and troubleshooting complex interfaces which have not been adequately detailed.

Denali is also regarded as an industry expert at air leakage testing. He has extensive experience conducting whole-building air leakage testing on large buildings and has led training seminars throughout North America. He is often consulted by code officials about air leakage testing procedures and results and has contributed to several national air leakage testing protocols and standards including the new ABAA Standard Method for Building Enclosure Airtightness Compliance Testing.

Robert Jutras

Principal Engineer

Robert Jutras is a Principal Engineer for the Building Envelope Performance Group at UL LLC. He is a graduate of École Polytechnique, the engineering department of the University of Montréal, earning a Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. He has devoted the last 32 years of is career to building components testing and evaluation as well as standard and code development. He actively participates at ASTM, CSA, AAMA, NFRC, ULC and IGMA. He is also a voting member of the standing committee for environmental separators (Part 5) of the Canadian building code. He is also the codes and standards director at CLEB a UL company located in Varennes, Québec.

Torrance Kramer, CEM, BECxP, LEED, BPI Building Analyst, BPI Multifamily Building Analyst

Accurate‐Airtight Exteriors

Torrance Kramer has been passionately working to reduce energy consumption of buildings across the country for over a decade. He has completed comprehensive energy audits and onsite assessments on everything from single family homes, multi-story high rises, grocery stores, municipal, ice arenas, and everything in between. He began testing building air barriers after observing the lack of understanding and recognition of the necessity for an effective air barrier in the older building stock. This led to testing buildings small to large across the country. He now operates a firm that tests, repairs, and consults on proper air and thermal barriers of buildings of all sizes. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Building Envelope Commissioning Professional, Building Analyst, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design professional.

Charlotte Metzler, AIA Associate

Building Enclosure Consultant

Charlotte Metzler joined WSP in 2014 after earning Master degrees in Architecture and Science in Sustainable Design. Her involvement in projects revolves heavily around building science analysis and enclosure consulting spanning all aspects of the building’s life cycle. This has allowed her to manage projects from design through construction as well as perform forensic and condition assessments of existing buildings. She looks to create solutions that place value in sustainable practice and are informed by past experience. Mrs. Metzler has been a board member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Building Enclosure Council since 2015 and was Chair for the 2017 calendar year.

Paul Morin

Technical Support
The Energy Conservatory

Paul Morin did his first blower door test in 1991 and his first multiple fan blower door test in 1996. He has helped on site with about a dozen tests that required between 9 and 24 blower door fans and helped author the Blower Door Applications Guide: Beyond Single Family Residential.  He has worked for The Energy Conservatory since 2009 providing technical support and has developed dozens of presentations and webinars including commercial and multifamily blower door testing and a four part series on using the TECLOG3 software for multiple fan testing.

Keith P. Nelson, AIA

Chief Architect

Keith brings over 16 years providing critical evaluation of design details and field review of new and existing building enclosure projects. He has been involved in a broad range of projects throughout North America with services including enclosure evaluation, detailing, design and product submittal review, construction phase observation and evaluation, below-grade waterproofing investigation, testing and repair, and building code analysis.

Michael O’Donnell

Senior Energy Consultant
Steven Winter Associates

Michael O’Donnell is a Senior Energy Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. with 10 years of energy efficiency and building science experience.  He provides consulting, certification support, site inspections, and performance testing for new construction multifamily projects in the New York City region.  Project types include Passive House (PHI and PHIUS), ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise, Enterprise Green Communities, and NYC Energy Code TR8 Inspections with sizes ranging from smaller four story buildings to large high rise towers.  Michael enjoys working with both design and construction teams to find solutions to unique project challenges.  He currently holds the Certified Energy Manager, Certified Passive House Tradesperson, and BPI Multifamily Building Analyst certifications.

Melissa I. Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT

Building Envelope Consultant ‐ Forensic Investigator
Miller Engineering, P.C.

Melissa is a Building Envelope Consultant and forensic investigator at Miller Engineering, P.C.  Before joining Miller, she served as the owner’s representative at City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri where she managed 735,000+ SF of roofs and 137 enclosures.

She works with Owners, Architects, Engineers, designers, manufacturers, contractors, and related trades to ensure the integrity of building enclosures.  She brings collaboration to the design and construction process by providing design review and specializes in coordination of pre-construction and construction processes, details between dissimilar materials, enclosure terminations, and transitions between systems.    She performs construction observations and oversees performance testing.   Melissa conducts studies and forensic investigations in regards to building enclosures, provides building assemblies analyses, and conducts thermography surveys as a Level 2 Building Science Thermographer.

Melissa maintains high involvement in the design and construction industry as a guest speaker for Drury University School of Architecture in Springfield.  She’s a board member of the Southwest Missouri Construction Specification Institute, a member of the Building Safety Professionals and ICC, and is current chair and founding member of the Ozarks Regional Chapter of the Building Enclosure Council.  This past year Melissa was honored with the 2017 Vesta Award for the SWMO NAWIC Chapter.

John Posenecker, PE

Department Manager

Mr. Posenecker joined Building Exterior Solutions, Inc. (BES) in March of 2015. He is a registered engineer in the State of Texas. His experience includes the design, construction, testing and forensic investigation of building envelope systems. Previously, he was an Estimating Manager with Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing from 2005 through 2015, Project Manager for Advanced Environmental Concepts from 1997 through 2005, an Engineering Team Leader at Southern Company Services from 1987 through 1997, and a Senior Engineer with Bechtel Power from 1982 to 1987. Throughout his career, Mr. Posenecker has participated in a wide variety of projects associated with the building envelope that include containment systems for commercial nuclear power plants; noise control systems for commercial and institutional projects; and waterproofing for commercial high-rise office and multi-family buildings, medical and educational institutional projects, and large concrete structural projects. Mr. Posenecker specializes in waterproofing and cladding systems associated with the building envelope. He is an active member in several professional organizations including the Austin Building Enclosure Council (BEC), Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), International Concrete Restoration Institute (ICRI) and the Austin Association of Facility and Maintenance Engineers (AAFAME).

Scott Pusey, CPHC

Senior Sustainability Consultant
Steven Winter Associates

Scott Pusey is a Senior Sustainability Specialist at SWA, working with residential buildings. His expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high performance and sustainable building technologies. Mr. Pusey holds the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) certification through Passive House US. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners, he develops comprehensive building energy reduction and sustainability strategies for both new construction and renovations. As part of the verification team he helps to bridge the gap between the design and construction teams as he verifies installed measures and conducts performance testing in support of the LEED® for Homes, PHIUS+ 2015, PHI, ENERGY STAR, and Enterprise Green Communities programs.

Roy Schauffele, Immediate Past-Chair – The Air Barrier Association of America
FCSI, CCPR, FABAA, LEED Green Associate

Division 7 Solutions, Inc.

Schauffele is an internationally published author and speaker in the fields of energy conservation and sustainable building envelopes including insulation, air barrier technology, roofing & waterproofing, vegetative & cool roofing, all with an eye towards improving building science, performance and quality of life. He is the acknowledged inventor of “The Perfect Wall” which is now the nationwide building code standard for wall construction.

He is President and founder of Division 7 Solutions, Inc, now entering its 31st year of continuous operations and recently sold off his manufacturing firm to an international corporation.

He was the first Technical Director of SPRI (Single Ply Roofing Institute), a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Board Director. He has been an elected City Councilperson, a Texas Senate and Gubernatorial appointed official in the State of Texas.

He currently serves as a Past Board Chairman of the ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America), after 3 terms as Chairman. Currently a Technical Advisor to Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) and an award winner 2012 for his Technical Contributions to BSAG and last year named (2016) Individual Green Practitioner by the City of San Antonio for Sustainable Education and Outreach.

Globally, he is the only person to be a Fellow of both CSI and ABAA and he continues to be a requested national speaker on energy conservation and sustainability.

Matthew Setzekorn, PE, BEMP, CBCP,  LEED AP, Principal

Emerald Built Environments

Mr. Setzekorn is a licensed Professional Engineer with over fifteen years’ experience in the construction, design/engineering and commissioning of mechanical and plumbing systems that include central systems, geo thermal, and stand-alone systems.  He has held positions as President, Vice President, Principal, and Senior Project Engineer.  Mr. Setzekorn has experience in all phases of construction and engineering that include system analysis and design, preparation of construction documents and specifications, field supervision, construction administration and commissioning for a wide range of new and renovation projects in commercial, healthcare, retail, educational, institutional, hospitality, and industrial type projects.

Som Shrestha, PhD, BEMP

R&D Staff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Dr. Som Shrestha is an R&D staff member within the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His current research is focused on the experimental and analytical study of the energy performance of building envelope, equipment, and systems. He is leading the development of an online energy savings calculator for building envelope airtightness. Dr. Shrestha is an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP).

Keith Simon, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP

Senior Architect

Mr. Simon joined Building Exterior Solutions, Inc. (BES) in April of 2014. Previously, he was an Associate III at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Austin, Texas. He is a Registered Architect, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), and Legacy LEED AP with over 10 years’ experience in architectural design and building enclosure consultation. His experience includes investigation, evaluation, analysis, renovation design, construction administration, testing, and peer review of design phase documentation of building envelope issues. Mr. Simon was the founder of the Austin Building Enclosure Council (BEC: Austin) and currently serves as a board member for both BEC: Austin, as well as the Passive House Austin Chapter. Mr. Simon is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), and is adjunct faculty at the University of Texas School of Architecture (UTSoA) in Austin. Mr. Simon was awarded the 2012 Emerging Professional Honor Award by the Austin AIA: presented to an AIA member for professional achievement in leadership during the early years of participation in AIA Austin, a role model in the organization that goes beyond the call of duty in service to the profession; influences improvement in the organization at the local level; encourages participation among fellow members and nonmembers and exemplifies qualities of leadership and of professional practice.

Paul Springer

Director of New Technologies
Aeroseal LLC

Paul Springer is an active proponent and evangelist of green building technology, working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, the EPA, and other organizations to further advance the research and development of innovations in building performance. Most recently, he has focused his attention on coordinating efforts between researchers and professionals within the building industry to refine and promote new green building technologies. As the director of new technologies for Aeroseal LLC, Springer is responsible for educating the public and bringing to market a variety of game-changing technologies designed to further innovate strategies for achieving high efficiency building practices. Springer holds an MBA from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Wilmington College. He has been a guest speaker at numerous industry conferences and workshops including EEBA Summit, RESNET, and HPC National Home Performance Conference

Amanda Stacy, AIA Associate, LEED Green Associate

Building Enclosure Consultant

Amanda Stacy joined the Washington, DC office of WSP in July 2014 after earning Master degrees in Architecture and Science in Sustainable Design. She focuses her career on optimizing building enclosure design through the utilization of sustainable design strategies and a methodology of building performance analytics and energy modeling. Ms. Stacy offers high-performance design and detailing solutions grounded in a thorough understanding of building science, construction technologies, and material performance. She manages projects through all phases of the building life cycle including design, construction, and operation as well as forensic analysis of existing buildings. Ms. Stacy is Co-Chair of the AIA|DC Technology Committee. 

David Stammen

Principal Engineer

Dave Stammen is the Principal Engineer for the Building Envelope Performance Group at UL LLC.  He is a graduate of Wright State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.  He has over 20 years of experience designing, testing, and researching exterior Building Envelope products, specific within the Fenestration Industry.  Dave is also active with the development of building codes and test standards within the building envelope community, and is a member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, National Fenestration Rating Council, and American Society of Testing and Materials.  Dave’s primary focus for UL covers the technical matters for building envelope performance testing for products such as fenestration (windows and doors), tornado and hurricane shelter components, curtain walls, air barriers, and other exterior Building Envelope products and materials.

Mark D. Tyrol, P.E.

Senior Engineer, Materials
FM Approvals

Mr. Mark D. Tyrol, P.E. has over 30 years experience with the evaluation, testing, and Approval of building materials. Mr. Tyrol began his career with FM Global in 1987 and joined the Approvals Division in 1993. He is a graduate of the University of Lowell, MA, College of Engineering with Post Graduate Studies from Northeastern University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), Mechanical Engineering in several states.

Adam Ugliuzza, P.E., CPHC, ABAA Board Member

Senior Project Engineer

Mr. Ugliuzza brings 7 years of experience as an engineer. His work with previous firms focused on structural design and inspection on, which has brought a new perspective to ATI projects. Since his inception on into building sciences group at ATI, his responsibilities have included on-site functional performance testing including whole building air testing, façade and architectural investigations, infrared thermography inspections, developing conceptual repair drawings, peer review of preconstruction and construction on drawings, field observations on services and quality control inspection on services.

Gary Williams

Senior Project Manager
Conley Group

Mr. Williams is a highly skilled Client Executive and Project Manager with an extensive background in K-12 schools, commercial buildings, sports facilities, and historic structures. He possesses proven expertise in facility assent management planning, building envelop design, construction administration and project management.

Mr. Williams skill set includes managing building envelope assessments, designing and developing facility asset databases, and creating facility asset management plans. He also provides services which include the evaluation and diagnosis of building envelop defects, condition reports, and design for roof restoration, exterior restoration, and construction administration. He reviews plans and specifications of prepared drawings by architects or other consultants, focusing on improvement of waterproofing details and design improvement. Mr. Williams is member of the Project Management Institute and Roof Consultants Institute.

Rick Ziegler, PE, RRC, RRO

Division Manager
Morrison Hershfield

Rick has over 10 years of experience as a building envelope consultant.  His consulting experience is broad and covers new and existing building in numerous regions of North America, Europe, and Asia.  His work includes building envelope assessments and investigations, envelope design and specifications, shop drawing and submittal reviews, field testing, mockups, and construction review.  Rick has worked on both new construction and rehabilitation projects across a number of market sectors such as commercial office, healthcare, higher education and government. He was also a contributor to the State of Utah’s high performance building standard.

Corey Zussman, AIA, NCARB, ALA, REWC, RWC, RRO, CDT, CSI, CQM, LEED® AP BD+C Level 1 Thermographer

Director of Quality Management
Pepper Construction

I am a licensed Architect in three states, practicing for over 25 years, specializing in building envelope, restoration, preservation, life safety, & interior finishes.  I practiced architecture for over 15 years before moving to a restoration/preservation and new construction mid sized construction company that did about 200 million/year where I was Vice President in charge of developing and implementing their Quality Program.  I am currently the Director of Quality Assurance for a large construction company (750-850 mil/year) enhancing/promoting their Quality Program for the past three years. During my experience as a Construction Quality Assurance professional, I have worked on 50-75 projects a year, including site visits, verifying installation, comprehensive skin meetings, and providing education throughout the industry.  I have worked on over 900 projects in various states of construction and restoration/preservation.