Building Envelope

2018 HPC National Conference Session

The Science behind Insulation

Wednesday, April 25
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Franklin 2 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

If you think you already know everything about heat transfer in insulation and that spec sheets tells you all about the thermal performance of insulation material, think again. The phenomena that take place in insulation is more complex and how manufacturers design insulation products to achieve its performance is key. In this session two building science experts with a half-century combined experience review how insulation works and explore how factors such as temperature, density, moisture, and air infiltration impact thermal performance. You will come away with an understanding on how fibrous, foam, and reflective insulation performs that you can immediately apply to your projects.

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Marcus V A Bianchi

Senior Building Science Program Lead
Owens Corning

A noted expert in thermal sciences, Marcus is involved in building code and standard development in Latin America and in the U.S. Previously, Marcus was senior research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he conducted research on building envelope thermal management. Marcus is active on ASHRAE, where he chaired the Technical Committee 4.4 – Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance. Marcus received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (heat transfer) from Purdue University, is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado, and is technical editor of Home Energy.


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Achilles N. Karagiozis

Director, Building Science
Owens Corning

A seasoned presenter, Achilles Karagiozis, Ph. D., is the global director of the Building Science Group for Owens Corning. He is accountable for transforming Building Science into a growth engine aimed at accelerating energy efficiency improvements in the built environment. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Karagiozis worked at the prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was a distinguished research engineer and hygrothermal project manager. He was instrumental in the launch of a number of innovative construction material and system products, the development of design guidelines, software tools and code changes.


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