The Importance of Building Science to your Business | Mark LaLiberte with Construction Instruction
Our industry is always in a state of change. Supply chain issues, labor challenges, interest rate hikes, evolving codes, increased client expectations, new materials, weather stresses, and the impact of physics…the only influence that doesn’t change. You are here because you are investing in your business. You need to be an expert or know experts in all these areas to run your business efficiently and profitably. Building homes is a tricky business.
Mark Laliberte will provide an overview of the challenges we will face if we don’t take the time to study and implement the details that will influence our homes longevity, satisfaction level, and risk. Each climate has various levels of complexity. Heat, cold, wind, rain, sun, humidity, and snow all influence the durability and success of the business.
1. What can we learn from the failures of the past? Do they have a story, or were they just a casualty of poor workmanship or craftsmanship?
2. Managing and understanding the Control Layers in our homes is necessary to meet the engineering challenge the above-mentioned conditions create.
3. How can we distinguish between product hype and product application, longevity, and installation? Do we experiment, verify with colleagues, or read articles? Research seems like our job.
*Materials science studies solid materials' properties and how a material's composition and structure determine those properties.
Are the products we buy tested and designed as a complete system? Have you considered compatibility issues, installer training for the application, exposure limits, and availability?
This session encourages you to ask questions, learn new methods and improve your homes.About Mark:
Mark LaLiberte is the president of LaLiberte Consulting Inc. In 2010, he co-founded Construction Instruction, an industry-leading company focused on improving the construction industry. He has dedicated over 38 years to the building industry. Through his lectures, site assistance, Building Better Homes video series, and mobile App, he provides builders, architects, and manufacturers with an in-depth look at the current and future state of housing. His work has earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), where he co-developed the highly acclaimed Houses that Work lecture series. The HTW Series has been delivered over 20 years by the Ci team in 100’s of North American cities.
He was the 2013 Building Science co-chair for the Hanley Wood Vision 2020 project. He has provided technical assistance and a voluntary board position to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, for over 22 years. Mark also helped develop the training curriculum for the 2012 Repair Corp Project for Habitat for Humanity, which assists in improving existing housing for our Veterans. He currently works with Rancho Cielo in Salinas, CA to help at-risk young men learn a trade or craft.
He works with various manufacturers to assist in developing products and services for the next phase of efficient homes. Mark is the co-creator of the Ci App and animation studio, which developed the number one mobile App in the construction industry and builds realistic state-of-the-art contextual animations on building science concepts and technical installation practices
His passion for educating lies in knowing how vital the building industry is. Building healthy, safe, durable, and efficient homes affects the buyer, the builder, the economy, and the planet.Expertise:
Ci’s events are more than just presentations; they provide real solutions contractors can implement the day they meet our team. We present real-world applications gleaned from thousands of site visits from all over the world. Audiences can learn the best techniques for building better buildings through our hands-on, casual, yet informative discussions.
Mark also assists the Ci’s Team in providing the next level of training at Ci Live in Denver, CO. This facility incorporates classroom, mock-up walls, and lab experimentation over a two-day course to define best practices of entire building systems from framing to advanced HVAC. He currently consults with builders and Architects nationally to develop a structure around integrated communication, trade execution, and quality workmanship using animations, mock-ups, and site consulting. Mark lives in Cave Creek, AZ, where he completed his Net Zero home, recognized by Professional Builder and Iconic Life Magazine as demonstrating exemplary construction practices.