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Risinger Goes Rogue - Interview with Mark Laliberte

Building science has made great headway in the last several years. In this video, Matt Risinger and Mark LaLiberte attend the 19th Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science and discuss how an increasing number of builders not only are onboard, but also come to the event to stay up on changes. As Risinger interviews LaLiberte, he asks how the next wave of young builders will be educated in building science. LaLiberte indicated that the building as an enclosure, the occupants, the building's durability and efficiency all need to take precedence going forward from the architectural, design and building communities. Focusing on what makes buildings last. It should be possible to build 150-year life buildings is where LaLiberte sees building science going. Those involved should be able to understand the entire enclosure and how it works. What concerns LaLiberte is the level of apathy, the "we've always done it this way." There is need for greater craftsmanship, which can't be legislated. Often, those in the industry look at codes as change makers, but what will really cause change, is for people to believe that building 100-year life buildings is important. The industry knows about air quality, durability, and thermal performance, but there is apathy and sloppy work and bad detailing. It isn't expensive to do it right. LaLiberte's takeaway from the Symposium is that, although we've all learned a lot of science over the years, we can always learn something new when we come to camp. He cites the ability, through software, to look at buildings in-depth, as one system. The technology, software and knowledge exist, and the industry needs to move forward with this concept.