Panel session:  Ventilation and condensation issues

This panel session will focus on residential ventilation and condensation issues.

It brings together a diverse panel that will discuss international and local regulations (the good and bad) and the biggest issues we should be focusing on to improve the built environment. 

Sean Maxwell, AM.AIRAH
Paul Raymer, ICF (live-streamed from the USA)
James de Salis, Affil.AIRAH, LAROS Group
Daniel Kress, Smart Plus Academy
Clarence Macalister, Ionic Construction
Sean Maxwell, AM.AIRAH

Sean Maxwell, AM.AIRAH

About Sean Maxwell:
Sean Maxwell is Scheme Manager for ATTMA ANZ, the Australian and New Zealand branches of the Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association. He trains testers on collecting quality data for inclusion in the ATTMA Lodgement database. His goal is to use the data to help guide policy in productive directions.



Paul Raymer

Paul Raymer

About Paul Raymer:
Paul Raymer has been working with building science for more than 45 years. He is the author of the Residential Ventilation Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2010 – Update V2 2017), has written for the ASHRAE Journal, and has worked on the development of the RBC Issue Brief on Ventilation, IEQ, and Sleep Quality in Bedrooms.

A voting member of the ASHRAE 62.2 SSPC, Paul has worked on the committee since 2002 and is a member of the IAQ subcommittee. He has developed more than 20 ventilation-related product lines and served as a consultant for a wide array of ventilation product manufacturers. As well as designing ventilation systems for numerous home builders, Paul has taught ventilation courses across the United States at weatherisation programs and conferences, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Paul has numerous Building Performance Institute certifications, is a certified HERS Rater, and is a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE). He is also a Certified IREC/ANSI training program assessor.

James de Salis, Affil.AIRAH

James de Salis, Affil.AIRAH


About James de Salis:

James De Salis is the general manager and head of engineering at the LAROS Group, where he applies his physics and engineering academic background to Australia's built environment using hard data. He is currently a member of the AIRAH Building Physics Special Technical Group and is on the executive committee for the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Association of Australia.
James advocates for a focus on the hidden and often overlooked aspects of buildings that can have a big impact on the performance of the structure and the health of the occupants.

Daniel Kress

Daniel Kress

Smart Plus Academy

About Daniel Kress:
Daniel is an engineer, entrepreneur, and educator. 

Daniel started his career as a carpenter in Germany, then worked in Ireland for six years. After 10 years in the building industry, he completed his German and Canadian Master’s in civil and structural engineering, specialising in building physics and building science. 

He also worked for nearly two years on a European Union research project to improve sustainable building practices. 

At the age of 37, Daniel started Smart Plus Academy (SPA), following his passion for educating and sharing his immense knowledge and experience. Since 2017, Daniel and his team have taught most of Australia’s certified Passive House professionals.
Now, Daniel is focusing on GLOBAL Passive House education for an even more significant impact. 

Clarence Macalister, Affil.AIRAH

Clarence Macalister, Affil.AIRAH

Ionic Construction

About Clarence Macalister:
Clarence Macalister is a builder specialising in complex and remedial jobs, including condensation assessment and rectification.  

In conjunction with Dr Mark Dewsbury, he has developed and delivers training on moisture management in buildings.

Clarence is the MBA Tas condensation technical representative and is on the ABCB Technical Reference Group for condensation management.