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Insulation Industry Honors Desjarlais

Monday, December 17, 2012

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André Desjarlais, the nation's leading researcher of building envelope technology, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of insulation performance.

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) announced the award Wednesday (Dec. 13) in marking its 25th anniversary. Polyiso is one of the most widely used insulation products in the United States.

Andre Desjarlais
ORNL

André Desjarlais, of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has focused on quantifying the energy savings of various materials.

"André’s dynamic, experimental and analytical methods have been instrumental in the advancement of polyiso insulation and, more importantly, in building thermal performance," said Chris Griffin, chairman of the PIMA board.

30 Years of Research

Desjarlais has been group leader for the Building Envelopes and Materials Research Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since 1998. He joined ORNL in 1991 as a mechanical engineer.

Much of Desjarlais's research has focused on quantifying the energy efficiency impacts of various materials. His extensive service to the industry includes numerous positions in a variety of technical organizations.

An active 25-year member of ASTM International, he serves on Committees C16 on Thermal Insulation, where he is past chairman; E06 on Building Systems; and D08 on Roofing. He is a 21-year member of of ASHRAE and serves on several technical committees there.

He also holds current or former leadership positions with the Single Ply Roofing Institute, the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, and the Federal Roofing Committee.

'Significant Improvements'

“Desjarlais has been part of many joint research projects with PIMA and has helped in quantifying the energy and environmental contribution of polyisocyanurate (polyiso) insulation,” said Jared O. Blum, president of PIMA.

“He has been involved in building envelope and materials research for over 30 years, and his efforts have led to significant improvements in building performance.”

Polyiso insulation - PIMA
PIMA

Polyiso "has contributed to the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over four million metric tons annually," its manufacturers say.

Desjarlais's work has also appeared in Durability + Design, and he is scheduled to present a free D+D webinar on Energy Performance of Air Barrier Systems in March.

About PIMA

PIMA is marking 25 years of leadership in building performance and energy efficiency. Its members serve on government-sponsored advisory committees to several federal agencies; frequently testify before Congress and state legislatures; advocate for energy code development and adoption; and develop technical standards to improve overall building performance.

In conjunction with its anniversary, PIMA released a 25-year study that concludes that polyiso "has contributed to the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 4 million metric tons annually."

   

Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Certifications and standards; Energy codes; Energy efficiency; Roof insulation; Roofing materials

Comment from Mark Ryan, (12/17/2012, 3:03 AM)

Congrats to Andre! He is a great guy and does outstanding work in the lab and field settings. Dr. 'Dre is the HEAT when it comes to thermal dynamics of buidling envelopes.


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