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1C – Air Leakage Testing in Commercial Buildings
Thursday, May 28, 2015
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Kevin Knight, Ken Klassen and Gary Proskiw
There is growing recognition that minimizing uncontrolled air leakage is one of the
most important and cost-effective but overlooked ways to improve energy performance,
durability and comfort in new and existing buildings. This presentation by Kevin Knight and
Ken Klassen of Red River College and Gary Proskiw of Proskiw Engineering will explain how
excessive air leakage can negatively impact your projects; review new developments and
trends in building and energy codes, product standards, commissioning protocols and
training related to air leakage; and provide insights gained through recent research and field
tests of the air leakage characteristics of commercial and institutional buildings in Manitoba.
Kevin Knight is a building envelope authority with over 30 years’ experience in field
observation and testing, commissioning, research, education and training. Kevin is a Project
Technical Advisor at the Red River College on Building Science and Energy Efficiency and is
the President of Retro-Specs Ltd.
Kevin has collaborated with federal and provincial governments, utilities, and private sector
companies on many projects. He has had numerous papers published in Canada, United
States and Europe, and is a frequent lecturer on building envelope science. He currently sits
on the ASTM E06 Performance of Buildings co-chair for the Standard Practice for Enclosure
Commissioning, and chair for the Enclosure Commissioning Training and Certification, is a
member of Society of Protective Coatings and Chairs the Commercial Air/Vapor Barriers
Committee. Kevin sat on the ULC Standards Committee for Air Barriers, and CSA Z320
Building Commissioning Architectural Subcommittee.
Kevin Knight
Project Technical Advisor
Applied Research and Commercialization
Red River College
C506 – 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Mb. R3H 0J9
Telephone: (204) 612-0654
[email protected]
Ken Klassen, C.E.T. is the CARSI Research Professional at Red River College in Winnipeg,
Canada. He is part of RRC’s Applied Research and Commercialization office and their
Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group.
Ken has more than three decades of experience encouraging sustainable design and
construction practices in Canada, Europe and Asia. His specialty is accelerating the adoption
of new techniques and innovative technologies to improve energy efficiency, expand the use
of renewable energy, and reduce the environmental impacts of new and existing homes,
buildings and communities
Ken Klassen
CARSI Research Professional
Applied Research and Commercialization
Red River College
C506 – 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Mb. R3H 0J9
Telephone: (204) 487-0920
[email protected]
Gary Proskiw of Proskiw Engineering Ltd. is a mechanical engineer with over 35 years of
experience in building science, energy management, research and training. He has served on
the Part 9 Committees of both the National and Manitoba Building Codes as well as several
CSA and CGSB committees. Gary has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a
Masters in Building Science.
Gary Proskiw
Proskiw Engineering Ltd.
101 – 1555 St. James Street
Winnipeg, Mb. R3H 1B5
Telephone: (204) 633-1107
[email protected]