February 20, 2019 Meeting at Rothchild Catering, 11:45 a.m.


Our speaker for February will be Christopher Mathis. Mr. Mathis is President of Mathis Consulting, Asheville, North Carolina and is an ASHRAE Distinguised Lecturer. His topic will be "Building Science Lessons from the Honey Bee."

This informative and entertaining presentation is based on an ASHRAE published paper addressing lessons we might learn from the 90 million years of evolution and building science embodied in the work and structures of the honey bee. From temperature management, thermal storage, indoor air quality, active and passive ventilation techniques and energy efficiency, the honey bee has developed a highly efficient construction system to support its biological needs. Attendees will be challenged to consider how we might employ these time-tested building science lessons into today’s architecture and engineering practice, as well as challenging our current definitions of “sustainability."

Chris has spent the past 30 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to code compliance to sustainability and long-term performance durability. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and was awarded a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT where his graduate work focused on energy use in buildings. He has served as a Scientist in the Insulation Technology Laboratory at the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Technical Center, was the Director of the Thermal Testing Laboratory for the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, and Director of Marketing for Architectural Testing, Inc., a private laboratory specializing in the performance of buildings and building products, particularly fenestration performance testing.

An active participant in Standards and Code development at ASHRAE, NFRC, ASTM and the ICC, he was a founding member and served for four years as the first Director of the National Fenestration Rating Council, the non-profit organization that developed the nation’s energy performance rating and labeling system for windows, doors and skylights.

Chris has been a member and active participant in ASTM committee E06 on Performance of Buildings since 1984. During his tenure at ASTM he has worked on numerous task groups and subcommittees developing a range of standards and test methods addressing window performance, window installation, thermal testing of windows, wall system performance and whole building performance. He currently chairs E06.51.11 addressing window installation standards. He is also a member of committee C16 on Insulation and E60 on Sustainability. Chris currently chairs the Built Environment Advisory Committee at ASTM.

This will be a technical seminar and PDH Certificates will be awarded.

Come as early as 11:30 for social time, lunch will be served at 11:50, and our program will begin around noon.