For home-energy geeks, the crowning event of the dog days of summer is "Summer Camp" — the invitation-only seminar officially known as the Westford Symposium on Building Science, hosted by Joseph Lstiburek at his home in Westford, Massachusetts. This year's attendees included JLC's Clayton DeKorne, Builder editor Dan Morrison, and, of course, GreenBuilding Advisor's Martin Holladay.
Holladay offers a quick roundup of the highlights of the session in this post at "Musings of an Energy Nerd," his GBA blog: ("Rainscreen Gaps and Igloos: A report from the 2013 Westford Symposium on Building Science"). (Note: GBA has moved to a paid-subscription model, so you may have to sign up or sign in.)
If you're a GBA reader, the content at Summer Camp was familiar territory, Holladay notes — he follows the core issues in building science closely, and provides links in this Summer Camp recap to his previous coverage of the session's hot issues. With a tour through energy modeling, retrofit myths, true R-value, energy efficient plumbing, ventilation specs, and duct leakage, Holladay's roundup of the three-day event's highlights is a quick way to make sure your finger is on the pulse of building science's short list of current concerns.