Dr. Joe Lstiburek is coming to Houston! TAREI Winter Conference & Membership Meeting


This is going to be a fantastic seminar. The keynote speaker is Dr. Joe Lstriburek. Dr. Joe will speak on Saturday and he will focus on water management. His discussion will include vented/unvented roofs; housewraps; window installation; door installation; foundation vapor barriers/flooring; vented/unvented crawl spaces. Water management is a huge concern in our area and Dr. Joe will cover this from the roof to the foundation. Many of you have probably inspected some of the newer crawl space foundations for houses in the Heights, West University, Bellaire, The Woodlands, etc. and have seen different designs. Some crawl spaces have a polyethylene vapor barrier on the soil, some don’t. Some are insulated between the floor joists, some are not. Should the crawl space be ventilated or not? Dr. Joe will discuss this in detail along with water management from roofs and exterior wall claddings.

I have had the opportunity to attend two of Dr. Joe’s lectures and he is one of the best speakers I’ve heard. Dr. Joe has authored many books, one of which I have on my shelf. It’s the “Builder’s Guide, Hot-Humid Climates” The book is a building science systems approach to designing and building homes that are healthy, comfortable, durable, energy efficient and environmentally responsible for hot-humid climates. If you want to know more about Dr. Joe, you can look at the following website: http://www.buildingscience.com/index_html

I highly recommend this seminar. You won’t be disappointed. Dr. Joe is well known across the country and we are fortunate to get him to Houston.

Joe Gonzales, TAREI Past President

Dr. Joe Lstiburek is coming to Houston!
TAREI Winter Conference & Membership Meeting
January 11-12, 2013
Norris Conference Centers - Houston/Westchase
9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102
Houston, TX 77042


No, your eyes are not fooling you! TAREI is proud to annouce that world renowned Building Science professor, Dr. Joe Lsituburek will be presenting an 8-hour lecture on SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013 on the following topics:

Building Enclosure Water and Vapor Management
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This course is approved for 8 hours of TREC approved credit!
This includes: Roofs-Vented and unvented roofs
Walls- Housewraps, foam sheathings, window installation, door installation
Foundations- slabs, vapor barriers and flooring
Vented and unvented crawlspaces

What works and what does not. New products and old ideas. Old products and new ideas.

FRIDAY January 11, 2013

Track 1: HVAC (8 hours of TREC approved credit)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! This class is BRAND NEW and has only been given once before. In fact, a TAREI member with a license number in the 300’s said “This is the best HVAC class I’ve ever taken!” Wow…come see why!

Track 2 : Framing & Foundations (8 hours of TREC approved credit)
8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
R Michael Gray, Texas Professional Structural Engineer will provide information on Houston area soils, typical foundation designs used in Houston, how slab foundations work, what happens when they work as well as they should, foundation repair methods, how engineers assess the performance of foundations, how TREC inspectors should apply the Standards of Practice to foundations, and what resources are available that TREC inspectors can use to educate themselves and their clients.

R Michael Gray PE has inspected approximately 15,000 residential foundations in Houston over the last 25 years. He is a member of the Foundation Performance Association, and is the webmaster of http://www.houstonslabfoundations.com/ and http://www.wateryourfoundation.com/. He has also published two papers on evaluating slab foundation performance in the Proceedings of the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.



Have Questions?
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In order to accomodate all industries, we have offered the following fee structure. Please forward this information to any agent, builder, construction related persons you think would gather information from this conference!

TAREI Member 2-Day: 199.00 TAREI Member Friday: 99.00
TAREI Member Saturday: $149.00
Attention TAREI Members: You must LOGIN as a member in
order to receive the member discount.

Non-Member 2-Day: $299.00
Member of other Insp.Assoc 2-Day $249.00
(Discount Code: Industry Member)

Non-Member Friday ONLY: $199.00
Non-Member Saturday ONLY: $249.00

Member of other Insp. Assoc Friday: $149.00
Member of other Insp. Assoc Saturday: $199.00
(Discount Code: Industry Member)

Other Trades (i.e. builders, etc.): Saturday: $149.00 (Discount Code: Other Trade)

All Memberships will be verified!

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CLICK HERE to view a video excerpt from the last TAREI Seminar with Dr. Joe!!

Attention TAREI Members:

There will be a TAREI General Membership Meeting on Friday, January 11, 2013. This is a very important meeting where you will have the opportunity to vote on your next Board of Directors. It is your duty as a member to be there and VOTE! Details to follow!

More About Dr. Joe

 Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, is a principal of Building Science Corporation. He is a building scientist who investigates building failures and is internationally recognized as an authority on moisture related building problems and indoor air quality. He is an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and the past chairman of ASTM E241 - Increasing the Durability of Building Assemblies from Moisture Induced Damage. He is a contributor and reviewer of Chapters 21 and 22 of ASHRAE Fundamentals. Dr. Lstiburek is an ASHRAE fellow.

Dr. Lstiburek has appeared on PBS NOVA (“Can buildings make you sick?”) and is the author of numerous books and technical papers on building science, indoor air quality and durability. He is the author of the U.S. DOE Handbook on Moisture Control and a special contributor to the EPA guidance document on Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on energy efficient construction techniques and heads one of the four the Building America program teams for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the developer of ADA (the Air Drywall Approach to air barriers) and a building science researcher affiliated with the Centre for Building Science, University of Toronto. He is a former Director of Research of the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada.

Dr. Lstiburek has written numerous books and technical papers on building construction. He is the best selling author of the Builder Guides and has over 50 technical and journal articles to his credit. He has conducted forensic investigations and served as an expert witness on building failures all over the U.S. He is an expert in the areas of rain penetration, air barriers, vapor barriers, air quality, durability and construction technology. He specializes in rain damage and mold and microbial contamination of buildings.

Dr. Lstiburek is an acclaimed public speaker and lecturer in building science. His seminars and presentations on building durability issues are attended by hundreds of architects, engineers, builders, and property managers in the United States each year.

Dr. Lstiburek received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate in Building Science at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lstiburek has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1982.


  "I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Joe Lstiburek speak at a TAREI event years ago and it was perhaps the best seminar I have ever attended. When I heard TAREI had lined him up for a January event, I immediately signed up.

If you are a home inspector, this is the one you definitely do not want to miss. Dr. Joe is world renowned for his expertise. This is another TAREI “slam-dunk” event."

Cecil Brooks
TAREI Past-President ________________________________________________________________

                                 CLICK HERE to view a video excerpt from
                               the last TAREI Seminar with Dr. Joe!!


If you plan on attending only one
education seminar this year,

Dates: January 11-12, 2013
Houston, TX
Norris Conference Centers - Houston/Westchase
9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102
Houston, TX 77042

The first day of the conference will be Friday, January 11, 2013. We will provide several great TREC approved tracks to choose from such as Engineering/Framing and HVAC.

There will only be one track on Saturday, January 12, 2013 and it will feature Dr. Joe.


Please forward this email to any builder, agent, contractor or building science professional. This seminar is open to all who are interested. There are reduced fees for other groups who would like to attend. Please refer to the fee structure listed above for reduced rates!