High Performance Homes and Material Safety - Webinar Recording
2023 and beyond will usher in unprecedented growth for energy-efficient buildings. If you are a building owner or developer, you may be considering constructing or retrofitting your building with efficient materials. If you are a code official, you are likely to be inspecting buildings constructed with different materials and systems. And if you are involved in any aspect of building fire safety, you probably have questions about the safety of these efficient building materials. Building materials have long been studied to learn about their impacts on building durability. But only recently have the materials and systems been examined to look at fire performance as well. Join experts from across the country to gain insights into efficient construction materials and systems we are most likely to see in the coming years.
You can expect to hear:
- Types of efficient building materials including spray foam and structural insulated panels (SIPs).
- How to use a free website that provides expert advice on building envelope system performance.
- Available pre-assessment tool to save time and money on projects by helping to review existing health and safety conditions.
- Initial evaluation of the fire performance of selected efficient building systems.
Director Health and Safety Operational Services
International Association of Fire Fighters
Sean DeCrane is the Director, Fire Fighter Health and Safety Operational Services for the International Association of Fire Fighters based in Washington, DC. Prior to assuming his current role, Sean was a Research Engineer Associate for UL Solutions focused on developing strategic planning, project prioritization and implementation for the UL Fire Research and Development Team while assigned to the Principal Engineers Team for UL’s Built Environment. Chief DeCrane represented the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council process and has served on the 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 Fire Code Developing Committee and as Chair for 2015 and 2018. He has also served on the ICC’s International Residential Code for 2021 and 2024 Editions and as Chair for 2024 as well as the NFPA 1 Technical Advisory Panel, NFPA Research Foundation on Tall Wood Buildings and served as the Chair of the Fire Test Work Group for the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee.
Senior Associate Energy Efficiency Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Edward quantitatively and qualitatively examines how energy-efficient products and technologies perform in the real world, noting new issues that arise from increasing energy efficiency. His experiences include assessing, verifying, and quantifying the energy performance of over 600 new homes seeking above code energy efficiency certifications in the greater Portland and Southwest Washington area.
Residential Buildings Program Manager
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
André Desjarlais is the Residential Buildings Research Program Manager for the Building Envelope Materials Research Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been involved in building envelope and materials research for over 40 years, first as a consultant and, for the last 25 years, at ORNL. Areas of expertise include building envelope and material energy efficiency, moisture control, and durability.
National Sales Manager
Since 1992 Joe has been involved in the Structural Insulated Panel industry. Joe has worked for multiple SIP manufacturers and has spent 10 years installing SIPs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul MN area. Joe currently serves as a board member of SIPA, Structural Insulated Panel Association. Joe also is a member of ANSI and ASTM committees. Joe’s experience includes more than 40 years of Structural Engineering, Sales Engineering, Product Development, Building Science Applications