Tool Day 2009

Sat, May 16 - Sat, May 16
Market Arcade 617 Main Street Buffalo, NY

Step 1, intro and tool training

This intensive Tool Day workshop offered architects, engineers, builders, facility operators, educators, and students hands-on experience in the use of relatively low-cost instrumentation (coupled with a structured methodology) to better understand building system and component performance. Participants were taught appropriate use of such instrumentation and methods to facilitate building performance investigations. Tool Day efforts  focused around development of a case study that can be used as a model for future investigations. Tool Day workshops are based upon the Vital Signs and the Agents of Change projects and provide real experiences with building performance analyses dealing with topics such as occupant comfort and satisfaction, system effectiveness, daylighting, and system energy and resource use.

Materials provided to attendees include toolkits of handheld instruments for participants to use during the workshop. The facilitators also provided a workshop packet with supporting information for the day’s efforts and take-away information on tool resources. Participants were encouraged to bring laptop computers, digital cameras, and portable USB flash drives to assist with development of case study presentations.

Who should attend? Design professionals should find the study of building performance to be a complement to their design skills (and a potential value-added professional service). Building operators should be better able to understand how to evaluate on-site building system performance. Educators and students will find valuable lessons to pass on to future classes. To optimize hands-on experiences, enrollment will be strictly limited to 30 participants.

AIA CEUs were available for this course.

Registration Price: $80 on or before April 1, $90 after April 1, $100 on-site. Register for workshop WS14 through ASES.

Equipment (tools): provided
Date: 16 May 2009
Time: 8:30 am until 5:30 pm 
Transportation to site: provide your own; transit available
Lunch: no- host working lunches 

Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) members, university students and educators, and professional architects and engineers are encouraged to participate. 

          Co-Sponsored by: American Solar Energy Society and Society of Building Science Educators.

Event Coordination

Organized by: Bruce Haglund University of Idaho,  Walter Grondzik Ball State University, Alison Kwok, University of Oregon, and Troy Peters, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Market Arcade
617 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

8:30A    Meet in Room 101H at the Convention Center  
            Workshop Introduction, Tool Demonstrations and Explorations

9:45A   Travel  to Market Arcade. 
            Walking or public transit about 10 minutes (0.4 miles)  

10:00A   Assemble in Market Arcade, Develop Questions

10:30A   Hypothesis Formation and Discussion

11:00A     Methodology Development and Deployment

12:00P     No-Host Working Lunch, Continue Data Collection

1:00P     On-Going Team Investigations and Explorations  

2:00P     Return to Room 101H at the Convention Center for Analysis and Presentation Preparation

4:00P     Team Presentations (20 minutes each)

5:00P     Lessons- Learned Discussion

5:30P     Adjourn

8 AIA/CES credits awarded to AIA members



Investigation teams are pre-selected by the Tool Day organizers. Each team formed a hypothesis in the morning and spent the afternoon trying to prove or disprove it. Each team was facilitated by professionals, educators, and graduate teaching assistants. Each team's presentation is hyper-linked below.

Team 1 Hot & Loud: 

Jocelynn Gebhart*, University of Oregon
Adrian (Yu Hin) Ho*, University of Oregon
Elizabeth Avenius, Ball State University
Brenda Young 
Cary Church

Team 2 Bijou: 

Matthew Linn*, University of Oregon
Kody Nathe*, University of Oregon  
Becky Perez, Ball State University 
Scotte Elliott, Green Energy Ohio
Thomas Butler, Lord Aeck Sargent 

* facilitators


Walter Grondzik, Ball State University
Bruce Haglund, University of Idaho
Alison Kwok, University of Oregon 
Troy Peters, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


PDF icon Hot & Loud Presentation198.82 KB
PDF icon Bijou Presentation138.37 KB