Ben is a third-generation high performance builder, in the late 70’s his father and grandfather we’re local pioneers building some of the first super insulated homes in Connecticut. This early adoption set
the stage for Ben’s upbringing in the business, building science concepts of thermal bridging and air leakage were part of the everyday workflow. He started full time work in the trades at age 16 and worked his way through the industry doing residential renovations, custom finish carpentry, high end residential millwork construction and installations throughout the northeast, historic preservation, and finally immersing himself in contemporary high-performance building. Running his own business, he gained a reputation as the person to turn to for difficult building questions, functional product recommendations, and exacting execution of complex details. A tireless learner, he is devoted to researching and understanding any aspect of construction and the built environment he can. This has led to his growing involvement with a broad range of industry media outlets and publications, live training events, and speaking engagements. His current work is centered on strictly high performance, low energy, high end residential new construction and major renovations. With more than 20 year of field experience he brings practical and attainable solutions to difficult cutting-edge projects, leveraging his hands on knowledge to make daunting details easy and understandable.
Session 1 - Theory - We’ll dive into a presentation of the science of how water works in and on buildings. Some basics will set the stage for an exploration of the physics that are at play in the assemblies we create. Water in all of its forms will be addressed from a theoretical perspective and we’ll look at some of the choices we can make in the designs of our buildings and their assemblies to help them live long.
Session 2 - Practice -Now that we have a foundation built of the science of water we’ll look at some field tested and evolved approaches to managing water successfully. The goal is to show you real world simple techniques and materials that you can deploy on your jobs. From simple details that go back thousands of years to high tech modern materials, you’ll walk away armed with methods to accomplish almost any water management detail you could commonly encounter.