Why Buildings Matter and the Role of ASHRAE 90.1

May 21, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Speaker Biography

Chris Mathis has spent the past 38 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to long term durability and sustainability. Today, Chris and his consulting team focus on working with clients leveraging the knowledge and experience he has gained to improve buildings, building products and the codes and standards that govern them.

Chris received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT, where his work centered on energy use in buildings. He has served since as a Scientist in the Insulation Technology Laboratory at the Owings Corning Fiberglas Technical Center, was the Director of the Thermal Testing Laboratory for the NAHB Research Center and was the Director of Marketing for Architectural Testing, Inc., a private laboratory specializing in the performance of buildings and building products.

Chris has long been an active participant in Standards and Code development at ASHRAE, NFRC, ASTM and the International Code Council.  He currently serves on ASHRAE committees addressing commercial and residential energy performance (90.1 & 90.2) and is past chair of the Residential Buildings Committee.  He is currently serving as a Member of the Board of Directors of ASTM International (2018-2021) and also chairs ASTM’s E06.51.11 addressing window installation standards.

Chris has been involved in state, national and international code development since 1988. He was selected four times to serve on the International Energy Conservation Code Committee of the ICC. He was also selected to be a member of ICC’s Sustainable Building Technology Committee helping to draft a national model code for sustainable buildings. He served on the ICC’s first Code Development Committee for the International Green Construction Code. He served as vice chair of the Development Committee for the 2016 edition of the National Green Building Standard of NAHB.

As president of MC2 Mathis Consulting Company, Chris and his team provide a variety of building science and strategic planning consulting services to both private and public sector clients.  Services include energy modeling and analyses, building forensics, building code development, standards development and other professional services.

Chris is known as a powerful speaker who captures his audiences’ attention and excites their resolve to build better buildings.  He now lives and works near the farm he grew up on in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.    

Why Buildings Matter and the Role of ASHRAE 90.1

As our flagship standard for the minimum energy efficiency for buildings (except low?rise residential), ASHRAE 90.1 represents the Standard of Care for all certifying professionals serving the building industry.  The latest version of that standard, 2016, contains dramatic changes that all certifying professionals should know.  

Attendees will gain a renewed perspective on the importance of buildings. Attendees will learn about the critical connections between building energy use and other social and environmental imperatives –such as available fuel supply, power trends, water use and availability, population growth, etc.

Attendees will learn about critical energy, and environmental trends that will challenge the status quo building decision?making and help to prioritize delivered building performance.

Attendees will learn about some of the most recent changes to 90.1, especially in those critical areas often overlooked by HVAC professionals – the building envelope provisions – as well as other changes. 

Attendees will be challenged to update their knowledge and understanding of the Standard and its role in delivering better buildings.  

The presenter has served over 20 years on the 90.1 development committee and remains an active participant in its continuous development.

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