Principal Research Engineer
BS Electrical and Electronic Engineering
California State University, Sacramento, CA 1981
Neil is nationally recognized for his expertise in the field of building science and duct system diagnostics. He has inspected miles of duct work, repaired hundreds of square feet of unintentional openings, and tested close to a couple thousand homes and hundreds of commercial buildings. Also, he has worked with numerous homeowners and builders, both residential and commercial, in finding solutions to indoor air quality and moisture problems. In addition, he has co-authored numerous scientific papers and articles relating to both commercial and residential building diagnostics and repair, with an emphasis on uncontrolled airflow and it's effect on building performance. He has been a trainer for many utilities, and at the conferences organized by Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA) and Affordable Comfort.
Prior to his employment at FSEC in 1998, he had worked for Building Science Corporation in Westford, MA as a building diagnostician, senior researcher and trainer. He was self-employed as a building scientist from 1994-1996 and worked for Natural Florida Retrofit, Inc. in Montverde, Florida form 1985 to 1994, conducting energy conservation contracting & training.
Neil was a lead scientist in demonstrating the effect of duct leakage in Florida homes. Following the work quantifying the problem, Neil led the effort to find low-cost, reliable methods to test and identify leakage. He served as an instructor for FSEC's Duct Doctoring workshop that educated many contractors and utility representatives on how to diagnose and repair duct leakage.
He has continued that training effort by educating Class I energy raters. Due to his and other FSEC staff members' work, the Florida energy code was changed in 2001 to reflect a default parameter of leaky duct work, providing credit for systems that were tested to be quantitatively airtight.