John is involved in several websites.
Please follow the links below for more information
on some of his activities. Almost all of his research
and informational publications can be found on the
As Director of the Building Engineering Group:
As faculty in the Department
of Civil Engineering:
As faculty at the School of Architecture:
As founding Principal of the
consulting firm Building Science Consulting:
author of the text book
Building Science for Building Enclosure Design.
author of the text book
High Performance Enclosures.
To order any of John Straube's publications,
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For more information about Building
John F. Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a specialist building science engineer
who has been deeply involved in the areas of building
enclosure design, moisture physics, and whole building
performance as a consultant, researcher, and educator.
He is also a faculty member in the Department
of Civil Engineering and the School of Architecture
at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses
in structural design, material science and building
science to both disciplines. Energy-efficient, healthy,
durable and sustainable building designs are a general
goal of his research which is often supported by
advanced computer simulation, laboratory testing
and full-scale natural exposure performance monitoring.
Dr. Straube has consulted to many major building
product manufacturers, government agencies (CMHC,
NRC/IRC,UN, NRCan, DOE, EPA), and a range of design
professionals and building owners. He has broad
experience in the building industry, having been
involved in the design, construction, repair and
restoration of buildings in Canada, the United States,
Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean. Considered
an international expert in moisture-related building
problems, his building science expertise has been
applied to moldy roofs, failed masonry, leaky EIFS
cladding, insulating Mongolian yurts, wet basements,
rotting crawlspaces and attics, historically sensitive
retrofits, and litigation support for buildings
as diverse as commercial office towers, manufactured
housing, and sustainable strawbale homes.
John has given hundreds of presentations to thousands
of people across North America, Europe and Asia.
He has also been involved in the preparation of
design and construction guides for numerous organizations,
and assisted in the development and delivery of
short courses, web-based learning modules, and customer-tailored
education programs. He has published dozens of technical
papers in academic peer-reviewed conferences and
journals as well as trade journals and magazines.