Material Selection Conference Profile: Andre Desjarlais


Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh. Be sure to register here.

With four workshop sessions and two discussion panels, the conference will feature several professionals in the field who will be helping owners, architects, contractors and coating manufacturers to determine the effect of coating system and liquid-applied air barrier design on building performance, with a focus on the capability of coatings to manage moisture intrusion into exterior walls, and of liquid-applied air barriers to limit heat, air, and moisture transport through walls.

Andre O. Desjarlais, program manager for the Building Envelope Systems Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, kicks off both the morning and afternoon sessions with “Introduction to WUFI Software” and “Modeling Building Envelope Energy Efficiency and Developing a Web-based Energy Savings Calculator for Building Envelope Air Tightness,” respectively. He is also the chairperson of session two, which focuses entirely on air leakage and air barrier performance.

About Andre Desjarlais

Desjarlais joined ORNL in 1991 as a mechanical engineer and, in 1998, was promoted to group leader of the Building Envelope Systems Research Group. With degrees in aeronautics with an option in fluid mechanics from Boston University, Desjarlais has been a member of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) since 1987 and serves on Committees C16 on Thermal Insulation, E06 on Building Systems, and D08 on Roofing. He is the past chairman of ASTM Committee C16 and was awarded the title of fellow by ASTM in 2012.

Desjarlais has been a member of ASHRAE since 1991, serves on Technical Committees TC 4.4 on Thermal Insulation and Building Systems, TC 1.8 on Mechanical Insulation Systems, and TC 1.12 on Moisture Control in Buildings, and is past chairman of TC 4.4 and Research Chairman of TC 1.8.

Since 1992, Desjarlais has been a member and past director of the Single Ply Roofing Institute (SPRI) Technical Committee and board of directors. He also has served as a member and director of the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI) since 1993. He was a founding member and serves on the board of directors of the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC). Desjarlais is the ORNL representative and former chairman of the Federal Roofing Committee and past member of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).

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