PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

POSITIONS

BUILDING SCIENCE

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

ENGINEERING DESIGN AND ANALYSIS

MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL ANALYSIS

TRAINING COURSE DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, AND DELIVERY

TECHNICAL WRITING

PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL AFFILIATIONS

BUILDING ENVELOPES

Anticipated performance and impacts of building envelope retrofits and energy conservation measures are often not realized. This occurs because the installation of new insulation and air and vapour barrier systems can significantly alter heat, air and moisture transfer characteristics within the building and through its envelope; operating conditions before and after implementation of the measures differ significantly; performance claims for many energy conserving products are overstated or are not appropriate for the application at hand; and the planned measures are not implemented or operated as anticipated by the designer.

Retrofit guidelines and measures must consider the building as a system to maximize the positive aspects and minimize the negative aspects of a retrofit. It is not uncommon for retrofit measures to building envelopes or mechanical systems aimed at reducing energy costs, improving occupant comfort or building appearance to result in building envelope deterioration and indoor air quality problems, while not achieving the anticipated benefits. In some cases, a building shell, which is in relatively good shape after several decades of service can experience rapid and severe deterioration following a building upgrade.

The moisture regime within a building component can have a major influence on the growth of microbes including mold. The analysis for the potential for growth of microbes is not adequately handled by classical building science which considers relative humidity, absolute humidity, dewpoint and moisture content. Many modern buildings have developed serious microbial problems within wall systems which were designed with traditional design approaches. The position and characteristics of the air and moisture retarders can have a significant impact on the thermal and moisture conditions within a building envelope assembly.

Bert Phillips works with other building science professionals to provide expert advice on how to avoid building envelope problems in new and retrofit construction and how to minimize the magnitude of these problems in existing buildings. Services are provided to building owners, and to design professionals, beginning at the conceptual design stage for buildings. Techniques applied include proper detailing of air/vapour barriers and building pressure control.

HVAC EXPERIENCE

Bert Phillips has worked closely with Rod Poitras of TPR on the design of new and retrofit mechanical systems for office buildings, schools, houses, apartments, etc., for both research and production projects. They have developed and analyzed innovative methods to address HVAC system problems and take advantage of energy conservation opportunities. Bert has been involved in training, teaching and technology transfer, including the development of courses and course materials for installers and designers of residential ventilation systems and the presentation of lectures about efficient operation of energy systems in houses and big buildings.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Phillips has done energy conservation studies for large and small buildings, investigated the technical and economic feasibility of alternative and renewable energy sources for various applications, developed energy analysis software, and evaluated alternative transportation fuels. The combination of his engineering and business training have given him a well-founded understanding of both the application and economic aspects of energy conservation measures.

PUBLICATIONS

Phillips has authored or co-authored numerous proposals, reports and technical papers on research projects and technical investigations.  The following is a list of papers and reports which have been published.