Local building scientist Chris Mathis to speak at A-B Tech

From the press release:

Local building scientist Chris Mathis, will appear on the main campus of AB Tech Monday April 30, at 7pm in Ferguson Auditorium. The lecture given by Mathis will address the critical importance of building efficiency and the effect of the built environment on energy consumption. Currently, buildings use of 40 percent of the nation’s energy. Using photographs from around, the world attendees will be taken on a journey that will provide clear context for the challenges on the road to sustainability. To conclude the journey, Mathis, also a beekeeper, will explore building science lessons we might learn from the honeybee and their highly efficient structures.

Over the past 30 years, Chris Mathis has become an internationally recognized building scientist. He focuses is building and material performance with respect to durability, sustainability, energy efficiency and building code compliance. Most recently he and Mathis Consulting Company (Weaverville NC), were instrumental in the development of an improved energy code in North Carolina, South Carolina and Massachusetts.

Two AB Tech student organizations are sponsoring the event. GreenPower, a group promoting sustainable awareness on AB Tech’s campus, and Phi Theta Kappa, the campus’ honor society, will each be taking donations to contribute to their organizations.

“We wanted to bring our two clubs together for a collaborative event to raise funds and we wanted a relevant topic, something that should interest all residents right now. If we are going to continue to build, it must be in a responsible way.” said GreenPower club President Ashley Edwards.

Phi Theta Kappa club President, Lin Orndorf added, “It’s an honor for us to host Chris Mathis on our campus, and it gives us a chance to showcase AB Tech and its students to the community.” The event is free and open to the public. College and university groups are encouraged to attend as well as architects, engineers, builders and other interested groups.


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