Columbia, MD – The RIA Fall Conference will be held on October 5-8 in Albuquerque, N.M., during the International Balloon Fiesta. This year’s program will focus on building science and its relationship to restoration and reconstruction.

Noted building science professional Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., will speak at a  preconference session and explain how building science applies to water damage restoration and drying. The full conference opens with presentations on evaluating building materials for restorability and the value of builder/damage repair contractor collaborations. 

Day two examines damage evaluation and restoration of non-conditioned spaces, includes a mini-keynote on home performance contracting, a look at university studies related to industry issues, an update from Purdue University on it restoration program within the construction management department, and an opportunity to hear and learn from leading authorities in the realm of building and construction science.

Presenters include: Lew Harriman, III, Mason Grant; Mike Humphrey, David Weekly Homes; Pat Huelman, University of Minnesota; Darren Hudema, WLS, Dri-Eaz Products; Mac Pearce, MPH, Mold Sampling & Diagnostic Service; Bill Rose, Building Research Council, University of Illinois; Randy Rapp, D. Mgt, PE, Purdue University, Bldg. Const. Mgt. Tech.; Teri Weston, Ph.D., DuPont; and Pete Consigli, CR, WLS, G. Pete Consigli Group.

The conference is $675 for RIA members and $875 for non-members, and includes the two-day conference, meals and a trip to the Balloon Fiesta. Attendees who register by September 14 can save $150 on the conference.

Full details and registration forms for the RIA Fall Conference & Exhibition are available on RIA’s website, or by phoning 443-878-1000.