The Loft on King Street (above Baro Restaurant)
485 King St W Floor 3,
Toronto, ON M5V 1K4 

Panel Presentation: Russell Richman and Steve Kemp 



 How Did We Get in This Mess?! (Airtightness and Energy Models, Testing Variation, & TGS Requirements)


Join Steve Kemp and Russell Richman as they have a conversation about all things airtightness. With Steve’s knowledge of energy modelling and the history of how airtightness metrics were developed and Russ’ knowledge in testing, this evening will be sure to enlighten all - from the inexperienced to grizzled veterans. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION IS MANDATORY.


Steve Kemp, M.A.Sc., B.Sc., B.Eng., P.Eng. LEED® Fellow

Steve Kemp, M.A.Sc., B.Sc., B.Eng., P.Eng. LEED® Fellow, is a Principal, Senior Energy and Sustainability Specialist at RDH Building Science Inc. He is a building science engineer specializing in net zero and carbon building energy performance and uses energy modelling tools to inform design teams on how to achieve their design goals. He has assisted in the design of dozens of low energy buildings, including Passive House and Net Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Building projects. As these projects have been completed Steve is often involved in monitoring their performance as well as troubleshooting their energy systems.

Steve has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Engineering as well as a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and Manitoba, a past-president of IBPSA-Canada, and a member and former chair of the Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group for the CaGBC. In 2014 Steve was presented with the CaGBC Green Building Champion Leadership Award and in 2017 he was awarded with his LEED® Fellow designation. 



Russell Richman, BASc, MASc, PhD, Peng

Russell Richman has been researching and consulting in the combined fields of building science and sustainable building for over 25 years.

Russell's interest in sustainable building stems from his years in between Master’s and Ph.D. degrees, while working as an engineer at Yolles Partnership. During his tenure attending his doctorate at the University of Toronto, Russell had the unique opportunity to study a range of topics comprising building technology, construction, and standards. During his doctorate, Russell realized the implication of continuing to construct buildings using current methods and standards - a failure to the needs of future generations.


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