Camroden Associates, Inc.
Camroden Associates, Inc.
7240 E. Carter Rd.
Westmoreland, NY 13490
Camroden Associates, Inc., (building related research, training and forensics)
President, 1985 - present.
This closely held corporation provides services to federal and state agencies, universities, private research groups, architectural and engineering firms,
building contractors, building owners and operators and product manufacturers. Camroden Associates has a long history in education and training,
field research, technical analysis and investigation and resolution of building related problems. In the pursuit of these activities Camroden Associates
staff have acquired skills in the areas of curriculum development, graphic presentation, interactive computer training, computer simulation of real
systems, field investigation, data acquisition, monitoring of environmental variables and testing of manufactured items.
DEVELOPMENT OF FAN PRESSURIZATION METHODS FOR ASSESSING AIRTIGHTNESS OF BANANA RIPENING ROOMS for Agrofresh Inc.
Bananas are picked and shipped to regional distribution centers while still green. They are exposed to airborne ethylene to trigger ripening in storage
rooms. At the end of the ripening process another gas is injected to end the ripening. For the second process the rooms must be at a low enough
ventilation rate so that 50% of the initial concentration remains after 12 hours. Tracer gas methods for testing a chamber to see whether it is tight
enough for the second process are effective but time consuming. Fan pressurization methods allow quick testing of the chamber. CAI tested and air
sealed test chambers until they were tight enough. March 2006.
WRITING SAMPLE MOISTURE CONTROL COMMERCIAL BUIILDING DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE GUIDANCE
FOR GREEN BUILDING PROGRAMS for the Indoor Environments Division at the USEPA. CAI working for the CADMUS Group reviewed existing
moisture control guidance and underlying fundamental principles for commercial buildings. Based on the results of the review, moisture control was
divided into building construction elements for design and maintenance and process elements for construction. Sample moisture control standards
were written for each element and process. September 2005 to March 2006.
CONSULTING ON MOISTURE DYNAMICS AND THE GROWTH OF MOLD AT THE HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE for Fukunaga, Matayoshi, Hershey
and Ching. Fukunaga, Matayoshi, Hershey and Ching represent the mechanical contractor, Dorvin Leiss in a suit brought by Hilton. A year after
opening the Kalia Tower at Hilton Hawaiin Village mold growth occurred on the guest room furniture and to a lesser extent on and in walls. Mr.
Brennan provided analysis on part-load dehumidification performance of the air conditioning equipment, weather data, patterns of mold growth,
condensation dynamics, airflow patterns, surface temperature patterns, airtightness of the building enclosure and ventilation rates. 2004 – 2005.
MEMBER ADVISORY GROUP for Battery Park City Authority green building requirements for buildings constructed at Battery Park City, NY.
Consulted on BPCA requirements for sustainability and public health issues (e.g. indoor air quality, ventilation, energy use, airtightness, moisture
CONSULTING ON THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT NATRUAL RESOURCES BUILDING (Aiken Center). This project consists of major renovation to
an existing 4 story building, including the addition of three wings and a fifth floor. Providing analysis of thermal and moisture performance of proposed
enclosures, and ventilation systems that may include a “living wall” to improve air quality, passive ventilation features and a more ordinary mechanical
ventilation system. 2004-2005
MEMBER US Green Building Council LEED IEQ Task Group. 2003-2006. The task group interprets current LEED EQ requirements and credits by
responding to questions from design teams attempting to gain LEED certification. The task group proposed changes for LEED 2.2 and is responding
to comments from the public review. 2003-2005.
RAINWATER INTRUSION INVESTIGATION EMPIRE BUILIDING, SYRACUSE, NY 2005. Inspected the penthouse area of a 12 story building to
determine the source of moisture causing damage to the upper floor. Wind driven rain was entering wall. February 2005.
INVESTIGATION OF MOLD GROWTH AT FOUR STAR HOTEL in Houston. Moisture condensing from outdoor air drawn into demising wall cavities
by airleaks in the return plenum. Working for the owners. Solution: pressurize wall cavities with 50 cfm of air conditioned supply air; remove
contaminated gypsum board and replace with painted gypsum board (Rather than vinyl covered gypsum board). January 2005
CONSULTING ON MOISTURE DYNAMICS OF BUILDING ENCLOSURE for a number of projects: health clinic treatment pool; Six Flags indoor water
theme park at Lake George, New York (Harrison-Bridges and Water Resource Group); twelve story office tower in Albany New York (BB&L) and
swimming pool room at a recreation center in Colonie, New York (Woodward, Connor, Gillies, Seleman). Fall 2004-2005.
INVESTIGATION OF ICE DAMS AT HAWTHORNE VALLEY SCHOOLS. Investigation included thorough inspection, meeting with architects and
builders. Testing including: advanced fan pressurization diagnostics, tracer gas experiments, and characterization of air leakage characteristics of
vented roof panel assembly in laboratory testing. 2003
DEVELOPMENT AND PRESENTATION OF MOISTURE DYNAMICS AND MOLD ASSEMENT AND PREVENTION TRAINING. A two day workshop
sponsored by University of Minnesota Indoor Air Quality Project, Environmental Health and Safety, Extension Service, College of Human Ecology,
College of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Department of Health. October 2003
CONSULTANT TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCE COMMITTEE ON DAMPNESS IN BUILDINGS AND HEALTH. Providing consulting
services to the NAS committee in regard to moisture dynamics, mold assessment and remediation. 2002-2003
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOR THE ONEIDA NATION. Worked with the University of Minnesota to develop and deliver three
days of training on indoor air quality, indoor radon and moisture and mold dynamics for the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. Summer 2003.
INVITED PRESENTATION TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE COMMITTEE ON DAMPNESS AND HEALTH IN BUILDINGS. The
committee is preparing a document to assess what is currently known about the association between indoor micro-fungi and human health. The
committee is planning to prepare a document similar to the asthma report, “Clearing the Air” it made previously. One of five people invited to speak to
the committee. Mr. Brennan spoke on moisture dynamics, investigating moisture and mold problems and remediating moisture and mold problems.
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDANCE ON MOLD IN BUILDINGS. The Texas Department of Health is developing guidelines for mold in
buildings. Mr. Brennan is participating in the advisory panel organized to help the Department of Health meet this mandate. April 2002, on-going.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO CHRIS BENEDICT, RA ON MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING IN MANHATTEN, NY. Two new six story multi-family housing units
are being planned for construction in the summer of 2002. CAI provides analysis to the design architect in a number of areas, including: landscaping
for low maintenance, pest resistance and low allergen release; moisture dynamics of an innovative an exterior insulated masonry wall with an brick
veneer exterior finish; airsealing details to prevent stack effects from overwhelming the planned ventilation system and to prevent condensation;
mechanical ventilation systems. As part of this support CAI has provided two dimensional heat flow analysis of window, precast concrete floor edges
and foundation details (THERM); annual energy use simulations (ENERGY-10); and interzonal airflow modeling (CONTAMW). January 2002-2005.
PLAN REVIEW FOR THE WILLOW SCHOOL. Ford Farewell Mills and Gatsch, Architects retained CAI to provide comments and suggestions on
initial plans for a new school in New Jersey. The suggestions included details to make the envelope more resistant to moisture problems, improve the
daylighting performance of the south facing windows, improve the thermal performance of the foundation, walls and ceilings and to reduce the indoor
air quality and environmental impact of the cabinetry. January 2002.
INVESTIGATION OF FUNGAL GROWTH ON THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF ROOF SHEATHING. CAI was hired by the builder to discover the cause
of mold growth in the roof section of a newly constructed house and make recommendations for removing the mold and intervening in the moisture
dynamic. The ceilings in the house were 1 x 6 tongue and groove pine with no air or vapor barrier behind them. The bottom side of the roof sheathing
was saturated with water and covered with cladosporium in all locations except the south-facing roof. The south roof was less than 20% moisture
content by weight, being dried by the sun each day. The source of the moisture was likely construction water from the concrete foundation,
water-based polyurethane varnishes and portable unvented space heaters. As the outdoor temperatures fell into the 40’s during the fall the air
ventilating the roof cavity lowered the sheathing temperature below the dewpoint of the indoor air, but was still warm enough to support mold growth.
INVESTIGATION OF FLOOR COVERING FAILURE IN OPERATING ROOMS at Kingston Hospital. Water filled bubbles appeared in welded seam
vinyl flooring beneath operating tables in a hospital. CAI was hired by the building contractor to identify the moisture dynamic and propose solutions.
MOISTURE AND MOLD WORKSHOPS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. Taught to builders, the public health community and homeowners for
Washington State University and the University of Alaska, Terry Brennan covered the ecology of mold in buildings, assessing mold problems and
moisture dynamics. Health effects were covered by Harriet Ammann and remediation was covered by Scot Findley. Fall 2001.
NIOSH HEALTH HAZARD EVALUATION OF THE SANTA FE LIBRARY. Mr. Brennan worked as part of the Morgentown NIOSH IAQ team to perform
a Health Hazard assessment in the Santa Fe Library. Reports of health complaints and indoor mold had been received and the city requested an
investigation from NIOSH. Mr. Brennan conducted an assessment of the planned and unplanned airflows in the Library using pressure mapping, flow
hoods, pitot tubes, fan pressurization and tracer decay studies. August 2001.
HUD HEALTHY HOUSING TRAINING WITH BUILDING SCIENCE CORPORATION. Helped to develop and teach a series of workshops in New
England for HUD. The workshops were presented to CDCs who are actively developing community housing using HUD programs. The workshops
consisted of a day and a half of classroom time that covered design to avoid moisture problems, tracked in contaminants, colonization by pest
species, combustion contaminant problems and to provide effective exhaust and dilution ventilation. Project manager, Marty Nee, HUD. Fall 2001.
TRAINING FOR COMMUNITYGROUP, ESPRANZA. A one week training combining classroom and fieldtime. The training included assessment and
intervention in mold growth problems, tracked in contaminant problems, pest species and combustion products. August 2001.
MOISTURE INVESTIGATION AT THE TANG MUSEUM OF ART, SKIDMORE COLLEGE. Gallons of water ran out of the gallery walls during the first
winter of operation. The museum is kept at 70 degrees F and 50% relative humidity to provide stable conditions for the art. The warm, humidified
indoor air was entering the wall cavity through a reveal at the base of the walls and condensing on steel studs and concrete masonry wall in the gap
behind the fiberglass insulated stud wall. The reveal detail was insulated and sealed using foam board, keeping the interior air away from the cold
surfaces. During the investigation it was discovered that the outdoor air dampers were closed while the DDC control system reported they were fully
open. January 2001.
CONTRIBUTER TO DRAFT of “Control of Moisture and Mold Problems in Cold Climate” - ISIAQ Task Force IX. Authored section on moisture
MEMBER NEW YORK STATE GREEN BUILDINGS TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD. This board was convened to advise the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation on development of regulations for the New York State Greenbuilding tax credit program. 2000.
CONSULTING ON SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY USE, THERMAL COMFORT, SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND MOISTURE PROTECTION, Martha’s
Vineyard Community Services. On-going renovation. Working for South Mountain Corporation. 1999.
CONSULTING ON SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY USE, THERMAL COMFORT, SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND MOISTURE PROTECTION, Shri
Muktananda Ashram, Harpursville, New York. On-going project to renovate a 36 unit residential building. Working for Chris Benedict, R.A. 1999.
CONSULTING ON SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY USE, THERMAL COMFORT, SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND MOISTURE PROTECTION, Lafayette
Village. 250 unit residential project on a brownfield site in New Jersey. This project was awarded funding from the New Jersey Greenbuilding program.
The architect is Chris Benedict, R.A. The builder is McCormack Baron. 1999.
MEMBER OF THE OUTSIDE ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE CAYAHOGA COUNTY URBAN MOLD AND MOISTURE PROGRAM. Serving as an
expert panelist reviewing the research project in Cleveland. A comprehensive study on bioaerosol exposures, health effects and remediation.
Participants in the research include the Cayuhoga County Board of Health and Case Western Reserve University. The study is focused on pul,monary
hemorrhage in infants and asthma in children. 1999-2004
DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF TRAINING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD ASSESSMENT. A community based program to provide
environmental assessment of asthma triggers, allergens, lead, radon, electric shock, fall and choking hazards in residences, day care centers and
public schools. EPA and University of Tulsa. 1998 to 2001.
RAINWATER PENETRATION INVESTIGATION - Investigation of rainwater penetration at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
Rainwater leaks through walls, parapets, flashings and sill blocks were diagnosed. 1999.
INVITED THIRD PARTY EXPERT AT THE AIA COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT PLANNING SUMMIT. Invited participants helped the AIA COTE
plan the next phase of activity for AIA sustainability programs. April, 1999 at the Rockefeller Estate in Tarrytown, NY.
CONSULTING ON SUSTAINABILTY, MATERIALS, SEWAGE DISPOSAL for renovation and addition of the Burnett Park Zoo visitors center. Work
done for Sherman Associates. 1998
DESIGN and CONSULTING ON SUSTAINABILITY, MOISTURE, ENERGY AND INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT IN MULTI-FAMILY UNITS.
Technical support to Chris Benedict Architectural Services on moisture, energy, ventilation and integrated pest control in gut rehab projects in
Brooklyn, New York. 1998.
DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE SHELTER. A two hour workshop which teaches high school students
the basic principles for considering the impact locating, building, using, maintaining, renovating and demolishing buildings has on the ecological
systems which sustain life.
INVESTIGATION OF PAPER CURL AND PRINTER JAM PROBLEMS. Investigation for Barry, Bette and Led Duke. Exhaust fans operating overnight
resulted in humidification of office space. The air conditioning system did not dehumidify overnight because it was set up for sensible load control,
with dehumidification as a byproduct. 1997.
INVESTIGATION OF SUN DRIVEN MOISTURE PROBLEMS IN SHOPPING MALL. The west facing wall of a shopping mall displayed moisture
damage to the steel door frames, doors and sheetrock. Investigation found that the entire inner surface of the block, behind the styrene insulation was
wet. The orientation and moisture pattern indicates sun driven and pressure driven moisture migration. Solution was to isolate the moisture sensitive
steel and sheetrock from the damp concrete block with torch on membrane and plastic shielding.
FIELD RESEARCH ON RESIDENTIAL VENTILATION. A research project to examine the performance of residential ventilation systems. Eight single
family residences were retrofitted with ventilation systems selected from a matrix of recommended systems for New York State. The buildings were
characterized in terms of envelope tightness, interzonal leakage, airflow, power use and noise of mechanical equipment. Ventilation systems included
4 energy recovery systems, four exhaust systems with make-up air provided by envelope leaks, outdoor air inlets and outdoor air through an existing
air distribution system. NYSERDA, 1996-1998.
DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY of indoor air management courses for public schools. Delivered to cooperative insurance districts in New Jersey
and California and cooperative educational services in New York and New Hampshire. 1992- 1997.
INVESTIGATION OF MOISTURE AND FUNGAL PROBLEMS IN FACULTY OFFICES. This work was done as part of a team for ICF. The problem
occurred at a community college on Long Island. Condensation on the chilled water lines in the ceiling plenum had promoted extensive fungal growth
in the chilled water line insulation and the carpets in the faculty offices. Moisture dynamics were identified and fungal sampling and interpretation
protocol was developed. 1995-1996.
INVESTIGATION OF MOISTURE AND FUNGAL PROBLEMS IN LOW INCOME HIGHRISE HOUSING. Work done for BB&L, a national construction
firm. Moisture problems on the upper floors required investigation of moisture transport, internal air flows and ventilation rates. 1995-1996.
COAUTHOR RESIDENTIAL VENTILATION GUIDE. Project sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Association. Aimed at
homeowners and buyers, the guide consists of three parts; Why ventilate?, How to Ventilate and a Ventilation Self-Assessment. 1996-present. This
publication won the APEX Award for Publication Excellence.
MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE for the Uncontrolled Air Flow in Non-residential Buildings research project. This project is
being conducted by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). The objective of the study is to develop the capability to reduce energy use, building
degradation, and indoor air pollution caused by uncontrolled air flow in non-residential buildings. August 1993 to present.
MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY PANEL for the Indoor Air Quality Impacts of Residential HVAC Systems: Phase I & II. This project was conducted by
the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Science and Technology. The objective of Phase I of the study was to develop a
simulation plan to assess the ability of forced air heating and cooling systems to control the concentrations of selected pollutants in single family
residential buildings. The objective of Phase II was to conduct the simulations and analyze the data.Project ran from 1993 to 1995.
CO-ORGANIZER of the “Residential Backdrafting Workshop” at the University of Minnesota Building Research Center. This workshop was organized
to begin systematically dealing with residential backdrafting. Members of the building research, codes, utility and manufacturing communities met to
exchange information, assess the current state of knowledge and develop a list of needed information. Proceedings were printed. May 14 and 15,
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT and TEACHING a hands on, ventilation assessment measurement course. The course objective is to familiarize
public health agency employees with methods of quantifying planned and unplanned airflows in buildings. This includes use of instruments, methods,
quality assurance and interpretation for field measurement of temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide in air, airflow from diffusers and in ducts
and air pressure differences. Course developed for the USEPA and the University of Tulsa. 1992-1993.
COAUTHOR of an INTERACTIVE COMPUTER TRAINING AND INFORMATION KIOSK. A computer simulation combining graphics, animation and
text provides easy access to information on indoor air quality. It covers contaminant sources and transport mechanisms, building related dynamics
and how to intervene to prevent or solve indoor air problems. 1992 - 1994.
COAUTHOR of an INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SIMULATION OF ENERGY USE IN RESIDENCES. This is a joint project with the Minnesota
Underground Space Center and the Minneapolis Science Museum. A computer simulation combining graphics, video and text will provide a house
where people can explore energy flows from source to use. 1992 - 1993.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT and TEACHING a one day workshop with the Energy Efficient Builders Association. This workshop presented
materials, methods and construction details for building low energy use residences. The workshop was for builders participating in the Maine Central
Power Good Cents program. 1991.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT and TEACHING a three day workshop on reducing radon in schools. Work was completed under contract to
University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health. The workshop was attended by a group of national experts who evaluated this pilot
course, held in Minneapolis, MN in May of 1991.
COAUTHOR and CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT for a course on indoor air quality to be provided for the Environmental Protection Agency to guide
them in logging complaints, identifying potential indoor air quality problems and determining a course of action to solve problems. This work is for the
Indoor Air Quality Office at the EPA. 1990 - 1992.
FIELD INVESTIGATION of public schools with elevated indoor radon levels. Schools in New Mexico, Kansas, New York, Michigan, North Dakota,
Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Maine and Washington were investigated to determine the most appropriate radon control strategies. Schools in Florida, New
Mexico, New York and Kansas have had the recommendations implemented as part of this program. Outdoor air flow, air pressure differences, and
room-air radon and carbon dioxide levels are continuously monitored in these buildings. Data is collected via modem from these schools. In 1991, the
investigation expended to include several additional indoor air quality indicators. This is an EPA Office of Radiation Programs effort. 1989 - 1995.
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR on a project to demonstrate radon resistent new construction. A house in Pennsylvania was modified so the air handler
in the central heat pump would continuously pressurize the basement. This prevented soil air entry, reducing the source term of radon and water
vapor. The upper floors were slightly depressurized by the air handler and a central exhaust ventilation system. This reduced the risk of moisture
problems in the building shell. This project was funded by the EPA Office of Research and Development. 1990 - 1991
INVESTIGATION OF FUNGAL CONTAMINATION in an elementary school in central New York. Sources were identified within the classrooms and in
crawlspaces. Ventilation was determined to have been reduced due to tightening of building (window removal) and the impact of insulating the roof
deck on the temperature driven passive exhaust system. Remedial actions were suggested for both long term and short term and included removal of
contaminated corkboards, cleansing and control of humidity in crawlspace via a soil ventilation method.
ANALYSIS OF THE COST EFFECTIVENESS of the New Jersey radon resistent new construction code. Historical demographics were used to
project the net number of newly constructed houses in different areas of New Jersey, and estimate the number of radon related lung cancer deaths
under four scenarios - no code, code and code modified to include active and passive soil depressurization. Cost - benefit analysis was performed to
compare the cost of averting a lung cancer with to the cost of dealing with a lung cancer. Project funded by the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection. 1990.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT and TEACHING with Solaplexus for a series of 27, 3 day workshops on Reducing Radon in Buildings, for NYSEO
and USEPA. This extensive overhaul of the EPA workshop included writing a new 180 page manual, developing 400 new slides (including in-house
computer generated graphics and drawings), and new workshops. The new workshops are 1 and 2-day workshops that cover: mitigation for mitigators
only, radon measurement, radon issues for realtors and bankers and a two day field course for mitigators. COMPUTER GENERATED GRAPHICS
and VIDEO TAPE PRODUCTION played a more extensive role in this work than previously. Summer 1987 to 1989.
NOTE: THE MANUAL "REDUCING RADON IN STRUCTURES" AND THE VIDEO TAPE ON RADON CONTROL WON NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATORS BLUE PENCIL AWARDS.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR with Southern Research Institute on a project to investigate the performance of radon
resistant new construction for the EPA-
ORD, Radon Branch. Project included measurements made in four buildings to test mechanical barriers, and passive and active soil depressurization
as radon reduction techniques in new houses. The approaches were evaluated in terms of radon reduction performance and power consumption. A
tracer gas technique was developed to estimate the fraction of air being removed from the building by the active and passive soil depressurization
method. This information was also used to estimate the leakage area through the foundation to the sub-slab area. October, 1988 - September, 1989.
CONSULTING and FIELD INVESTIGATION for Southern Research Institute on two Research and Demonstration Project to mitigate radon problems in
existing buildings. The one project in Tennessee was on existing crawlspace houses and the other in Florida on slab-on-grade houses. Work
sponsored by USEPA. Fall 1987 - 1988.
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT and CONSULTING to Sandy Cohen, and Associates on a service and training oriented state aid program, House
Evaluation Program sponsored by the USEPA Office of Radiation Programs. This program investigated 80 houses in several states and prepare radon
mitigation plans for each house. Summer 1987 to spring 1988. During this project a new protocol for quickly estimating radon concentrations was
tested. This project continued with 80 new houses for 1988 - 1990.
CONSULTING and FIELD INVESTIGATION for W.S. Fleming Associates on a Research and Demonstration Project to mitigate radon problems in
existing buildings and evaluate durability and effectiveness of mitigation systems installed in a previous project. Work jointly sponsored by USEPA,
NYSERDA and New York State Department of Health. Fall, 1986 - present.
CONSULTING and FIELD INVESTIGATION for Research Triangle Institute on a USEPA Research and Demonstration Project to mitigate buildings
with very high radon concentrations in Clinton, New Jersey. Spring - Fall, 1986.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT and TEACHING with Solaplexus for a series of 27, 3 day workshops on Reducing Radon in Buildings, for NYSEO
and USEPA. Spring, 1986 - Summer, 1987.
CONSULTING to Research Triangle Institute on infiltration models and measurement, and radon mitigation in residences. Project sponsored by
NYSERDA and Niagara Mohawk. Fall, 1985.
Red Wing, (design and research) owner
September 1979 - 1985
DESIGN of numerous low energy use buildings.
TESTING of building products.
DEVELOPMENT of analysis and simulation computer software.
RESEARCH on the performance of buildings.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT and TEACHING with Solaplexus for a series of workshops on energy efficient construction practices for new and
existing buildings. Work sponsored by NYSEO. Ongoing.
MEASUREMENT of building tightness and reduction of leakage areas for two Price Chopper MiniMarts with Robert Mitchell. February, 1985.
WRITING 2 brochures for W.S. Fleming to guide homebuilders and homeowners on indoor air quality issues. July, 1984.
CONSULTING on air infiltration calculation methodologies for W.S. Fleming. July, 1984.
TEACHING the "Remodeling for Energy Efficiency and Practical Passive Solar" workshop series with Chuck Silver and Dale McCormick for the New
York State Energy Office. February-March 1984.
CONSULTING on radon mitigation techniques in existing housing for W.S. Fleming. February, 1984.
CONSTRUCTION of test stand for measuring air leakage through electrical outlets in a wall section using several different methods of sealing air
ANALYSIS of window systems for 3-M Corporation. Fifteen glazing configurations for were examined for thermal and transmittance performance for 17
U.S. and Canadian cities. 1982.
ANALYSIS of energy flows for Air National Guard cafeteria in Syracuse, NY, for Robert Mitchell Solar Systems Design. 1982
ANALYSIS of performance of shuttered windows for Thermal Wall Insulating Shutters, Inc. Nomographs were produced as technical support. 1982
CONSTRUCTION of fan pressurization instrument for measurement of building tightness. In house project to assure tightness specification met for
houses designed at Red Wing. Later incorporated into the Red Wing energy audit service. 1982
Blackbird Construction, (construction firm), partner
CONSTRUCTION of low energy use buildings.
MANAGEMENT of small construction company.
RENOVATION of existing buildings.
RADON MITIGATION work done for W.S. Fleming February-March 1984.
(Installation of a variety of barrier and ventilation techniques to reduce radon concentrations in existing buildings.)
Mohawk Valley Community Collage, teacher 1979-1982.
TAUGHT energy courses in the Solar Technology Program and Physics courses for the Physics Department.
BeaverSprite Wildlife Sanctuary
INTERPRETIVE NATURALIST teaching natural history workshops, leading nature hikes, constructing interpretive trails and trailside museum exhibits.
A Practical Guide to Ventilation Practices and Systems for Existing Buildings, one of several authors, Heating Piping and Air Conditioning, Penton
Homeowner’s Guide to Ventilation by Terry Brennan, Mike Clarkin, Susan Galbraith and Craig Kneeland, New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority/USEPA, 1997
Search of Medical Literature for Indoor Carbon Monoxide Exposure PNL-10892, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 1995
Ventilation Chapter in “Occupational Medicine: Effects of the Indoor Environment on Health”, editor James Seltzer, VOL 10 No. 1, Hanley and Belfus
Publishers, Philadelphia, 1995
Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Managers, by Susan Galbraith, Terry Brennan, William Turner and Ed Light, published by
USEPA/NIOSH EPA/400/1-91/033/DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 91-114, 1991
Radon-resistant Construction Techniques for New Residential Construction, by Terry Brennan and Mike Clarkin, USEPA, EPA/625/2-91/032,
Reducing Indoor Radon by Terry Brennan, William Brodhead, Susan Galbraith, William Makofske, Chuck Silver and Edward Vitz, published by
NYSEO, 1989 (NOTE: Winner of the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil Award
Practical Radon Reduction by Terry Brennan and Susan Galbraith Cutter Press, 1988
“Assessing Mold in Buildings”, with Harriet Burge; ASHRAE Journal, January, 2005
“The Moisture Impact of Unplanned Airflows in Buildings”, with Jim Cummings; ASHRAE Journal November, 2002
“Sweat the Details of Moisture Load Calculations”, Heating Piping and Air Conditioning Magazine, August 2001.
“IAQ in Schools” – three part series, Heating Piping and Air Conditioning Magazine, September, October and November, 2001.
“Contracting IAQ Services”, Heating Piping and Air Conditioning Magazine, May, 1999
"Focus on Energy", regular column in the Journal of Light Construction 1989 to 1990.
"Electrical Safety on the Job", Journal of Light Construction, July 1989.
"Building It Right", regular column in Progressive Builder Magazine, 1986 to 1989.
"Defeating Radon", Progressive Builder, March 1986 with Bill Turner.
"Sub - slab Ventilation To Reduce Radon" Northeast Sun, March 1986 with Bill Turner.
"Warmer Walls" New Shelter Magazine, January 1986 with Chuck Silver Solaplexus.
"Indoor Air Contaminants: Sources and Solutions" Northeast Sun, June 1985 with Bill Turner (Now Harriman Associates then Harvard School of
"Radon's Threat Can Be Subdued" May 1984 Solar Age with Bill Turner (Now Harriman Associates then Harvard School of Public Health)
"Residential Applications of Foamed in Place Polyurethane" Summer 1985 "Progressive Builder Magazine".
"Vapor Barrier Labor Costs" December 1984 "Solar Age" magazine.
"What To Do With Existing Windows" September Northeast Sun, 1984.
"Great Windows: A Computers Choice" Solar Age Magazine February 1983. (Reprinted in New England Builder Magazine and in Window Energy
"Greenhouse Glazing Options" NESEA Newsletter, August 1982.
"Education: Launching a Solar Career", Solar Age Magazine, August 1982.
PAPERS AND LECTURES
“Sustainability: What Have We Forgotten” presented at NESEA Building Energy 05 Conference, Boston, Massachusetts March 2005
“Modeling Planned and Unplanned Airflows in Buildings Using CONTAM”, hands on workshop at NESEA Building Energy 05 Conference, Boston,
Massachusetts March 2005
“Designing Buildings to Prevent Mold Growth” a one day workshop at NESEA Building Energy 05 Conference, Boston, Massachusetts March 2005
“IAQ in Schools”, a one day workshop at the NESEA Annual Conference, Tufts University, Medford Mass, March 2002
“Greening Existing Buildings”, a one day workshop at the NESEA Annual Conference, Tufts University, Medford Mass, March 2002
“Moisture Control in Basements and Crawlspaces” and
“Indoor Air Quality” at the Affordable Comfort Conference in Sturbridge Village, 2001
“Looking and Seeing – the Art of Inspection” and
“Wet Basement” at the Affordable Comfort Conference in Syracuse New York, 2000
“Keeping Buildings Dry by Design” at the HPAC, ABST conference, Washington DC, June 2000
“Designing Radon Mitigation and Residential Ventilation Systems, and Developing Ventilation Strategies for an Existing School” NIST Workshop on
Practical Applications of Multizone Modeling, Rockville, Md, April 2000
“Six Steps to a Healthy House”, at the EEBA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD October 1999.
“Indoor Air Quality and Residential Ventilation”, workshop for Habitat for Humanity Green Team at the Affordable Comfort Conference in Chicago,
“Containment Design and Monitoring”, William, Steve Caulfield, Gerard Blanchette, Francis Patnode, Terry Brennan, Third International Conference on
Bioaerosols, Fungi and Mycotoxins, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1998
“Unintended Consequences of Planned and Unplanned Airflows in Commercial Buildings”, Terry Brennan, Mike Clarkin, Joe Lstiburek, and William
Turner, ASHRAE Healthy Buildings/IAQ 97, held at NIH, Bethesda, MD, September 1997
“Unintended Consequences of Planned and Unplanned Airflows in Residential Buildings”, Terry Brennan, Mike Clarkin, Joe Lstiburek, and William
Turner, ASHRAE Healthy Buildings/IAQ 97, held at NIH, Bethesda, MD, September 1997
“Stack Driven Moisture Problems in a Multi-Family Residential Building”, Terry Brennan and Michael Clarkin, ASHRAE Healthy Buildings/IAQ 97, held
at NIH, Bethesda, MD, September 1997
“Incorporating Prevention And Resolution Of Indoor Air Problems Into The Regular Building And Grounds Programs Of A School System”, Rick
Monaco, Terry Brennan, Mike Clarkin, ASHRAE Healthy Buildings/IAQ 97, held at NIH, Bethesda, MD, September 1997
“Healing Through Relationship” - delivered at the Wellness Center in Utica, New York, January 1997
“Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation in Homes”
“Using Residential Building Science Skills in Non-residential Buildings”
“Practical Residential Ventilation”
“Sizing Ducts for Residential Ventilation”
“How Tight is Too Tight”
“Case Studies: What Worked and What Didn’t in Multi’s”
“Pressure and Flow: Principles and Measurement”
“Air Sealing and Home Performance: What We Know and Don’t Know”
at the 1997 Affordable Comfort Conference, Chicago, Illinois
“Indoor Air Quality in Schools: Exposure to Fungal Allergens” with Estelle Levetin. Richard Shaughnessy, Eugene Fisher, Bryan Ligman and Jed
Harrison. Aerobiologia, January 1995.
“Building Shell Tightness in Schools” with Gene Fisher, Bryan Ligman and William Turner. Building Thermal Envelope V in Clearwater, Florida, 1992.
“General Indoor Air Quality Measurements in Schools” with Gene Fisher, Bryan Ligman and William Turner The 1992 International Symposium on
Radon and Radon Reduction Technology, Minneapolis, 1992.
“Preliminary Results of HVAC System Modification to Control Indoor Radon Concentrations” with Mike Clarkin and Tim Dyess. The 1991 International
Symposium on Radon and Radon Reduction Technology, Philadelphia, 1992.
"Extended Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Diagnostics in Schools in Maine" with Bill Turner, Gene Fisher, and Bob Thompson, The 1991
International Symposium on Radon and Radon Reduction Technology, Philadelphia, March, 1991.
“Building HVAC/Foundation Diagnostics for Radon Mitigation in Schools and Commercial Buildings : Part 1 and 2” with Bill Turner, Gene Fisher, Kelly
Leovic, and Chic Craig, Indoor Air 90; The Fifth International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Toronto, July, 1990.
"Evaluation of Radon Resistant New Construction Techniques" with Mike Clarkin, Bill Brodhead and Mike Osborne, The 1990 International
Symposium on Radon and Radon Reduction Technology, Atlanta, 1990.
"Air Leakage Characteristics in Crawlspace Houses" with Mike Osborne and Bobby Pyle, ASTM Symposium on New Air Tightness and Infiltration
"Radon Mitigation in Crawlspace Houses in Tennessee" with Bobby Pyle, Ashley Williamson, Charles Fowler, Frank Belzer - Southern Research
Institute and Michael Osborne - USEPA, APCA Annual Meeting, June 1988, Dallas Texas.
"Long Term Assessment of Residential Radon Mitigation Systems" with Ian Nitschke, M. Clarkin - Fleming Associates, J. Rizzuto - NYSERDA, and
M. Osborne - USEPA, APCA Annual Meeting, June 1988, Dallas Texas.
"Defeating Soil Gas Transport Into Residential and Commercial Structures" with B. Turner, D. Bearg, J. McCarthy and D. Johnston, Energy Efficient
Builders Association National Conference, April 1988, Portland, Maine.
"Designing and Building Low Energy Use Residences"
"Controlling Radon in Buildings"
Both at the Advanced Residential Construction Conference, 1987,Hartford, CT.
"Investigating the Building to Select a Mitigation Method" - Invited paper at the Princeton - USEPA AEERL Radon Diagnostics Workshop April
"Radon Mitigation in Clinton, N.J. Homes" with Mike Osborne, USEPA.
"Investigating Buildings With High Radon Concentrations" APCA
Specialty Conference, Radon II April 1987, Cherry Valley New Jersey.
"Pre and Post Mitigation Measurement" with Mike Osborne ASTM
Symposium on Design and Protocol for Monitoring Indoor Air Quality
Cincinnati, Ohio April 1987.
"Indoor Air Quality in Residences"
"Keeping Construction Costs Down" - facilitated an activity that involved groups of builders working on problems and sharing experiences. Both at the
Advanced Residential Construction Conference, March 14 and 15, 1986,Hartford, CT.
"Radon in Buildings" Indoor Air Quality Conference sponsored by the American Lung Association May 19,20, 1986, Albany, New York.
"The Radon House Doctor" APCA specialty conference on Indoor Radon,Philadelphia, February 1986 with Ian Nitschke and John Wadach.
"Low Cost Practical Radon Mitigation",ASHRAE 1986 Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Atlanta, Georgia.
"Indoor Air Quality" at the DOE conference for weatherization programs,
Portland, Oregon July 1985.
"Detailed Field Tests of Radon Control Techniques in New York State Houses", J.B. Wadach, I.A. Nitschke, W.A. Clarke, G.W. Traynor, T. Brennan,
G.P. Adams, J.E. Rizzuto presented at the APCA IAQ in Cold Climates Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 1985.
"Heavy Insulation, Tight Construction and Solar Gains: A Case Study"
at The Third Annual Superinsulation Conference, Rochester, MN, 1985.
"Beyond Double Glass", delivered at "Energy Efficient Construction
Practices for Existing Buildings", Newport, RI fall 1984
"Installation of Air to Air Heat Exchangers",
"Balancing Tightness of Construction, Insulation Levels and Solar Gains"
All delivered at the MASEA Superinsulation Conference at Valley Forge, fall 1983.
"Measured Air Leakage Through Electrical Outlets",
"Estimating Building Performance",
"The Effects of Lowering Building Loads on Boiler Performance",
All delivered at the Mount Snow, "Energy Efficient Construction Practices Conference", fall 1983.
"Predicting The Performance of Moveable Window Insulation",with Robert Mitchell for the ASES 1983 conference.
"Performance Prediction Techniques for Attached Sunspaces",
"Retrofit of a Commercial Greenhouse with High Transmittance Film"
Both delivered at the Third Energy Conserving Greenhouse Conference at Hyanis, November, 1983.
"Towards a Peaceful Economy" with Elise Boulding at the White River Junction Peace Conference, 1979.
American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 62.2 Residential Ventilation
New York State Association of Superintendents of Buildings and Grounds of Public Schools
Antioch-New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.
Masters in Environmental Studies, May 1979
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
B.A. Physics-Mathematics, June 1972
Exposure Assessment for Bioaerosols in Indoor Environments, Harvard School of Public Health, October 1995.
Compassionate Conflict Resolution, Center for Nonviolent Communication, Sherman, TX, 1997 and 1994
Assessment of Bioaerosols, University of Michigan, October 1989
Wildlife Law and Policy 1978, Smithsonian Institute, on scholarship from the Environmental Law Institute.