Central Virginia CSI Product Expo



The Central Virginia Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute is pleased to announce the Nineteenth Annual Product Expo. This year’s event will be held on March 2, 2011 at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.


CVCSI Product Expo 2011 is a technical trade show focused on presenting the most innovative and exciting products available to construction professionals in the Central Virginia region. Over six hundred and fifty construction professionals will be personally invited to attend the show.

Track 1

9:00 am – 10:00 am Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings, Cynthia Adams, LEED AP – Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)

10:00 am – 11:00 am “Rain” In Your Stormwater Design with Rainwater Harvesting, Corey Simonpietri, ACF Environmental

Many design professionals feel that Rainwater Harvesting is too expensive and too confusing. However, new regulations ready to be implemented in Virginia will make Rainwater Harvesting on of the lease expensive ways of managing stormwater on new developments. With a basic understanding of Rainwater Harvesting, you, too, will be able to “Rain” in your designs and construction costs to take advantage of this simple design strategy.


BIO – Corey Simonpietri

Corey graduated with distinction from George Mason University in 1992 and went to work at ACF Environmental, a manufacturer & distributor of site development products. He has been involved with Storm Water Management for 19 years in a variety of roles within the company. He currently serves as ACF’s Market Development Manager, evaluating & bringing to market emerging technologies that improve the management of Storm Water. His expertise in harvesting rainwater led him to serve on the Board of Directors for the James River Green Building Council for four years. He has spoken at numerous conferences, seminars, and instructional classes throughout the mid-Atlantic


Noon – 1:00 pm Honesty of the Building Envelope, Brian Trimble, PE, LEED AP – Brick Industry Association

Everyone talks a good game about how to deal with air barriers, insulation, vapor barrier and the like.  But are some of the harder details being worked out during design or are they being left up to someone out in the field?  This presentation covers the topics of thermal bridging and the correct detailing and installation of air barriers, especially in those difficult areas such as shelf angles and window to wall details.   We will discuss current best practices, comparing some of the available products on the market and in field application.  Actual recommendations will be provided, not just theory.   Photos of both successful projects as well as durability horror stories are provided before you make a big mistake yourself.

Brian Trimble has over 24 years’ experience in the masonry industry, assisting design professionals in the design of brick and masonry structures.  He is a frequent lecturer to local, regional, and national construction industry groups.  He has authored many articles and papers on various masonry subjects.  Brian has worked at BIA for over 18 years serving in various positions.  Besides his long tenure at the BIA, Brian has worked for a brick manufacturer and the International Masonry Institute, where he coordinated activities in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  He now heads up architectural and builder outreach in the 17-state Midwest/Northeast Region for BIA.


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Solid State Lighting for Specifiers,  John Selander, LC –  Illumination Engineering Society of North America

This presentation is an in-depth review of the LED history, application of same, future of the LED market.

John is Director of Specification Sales, North America for Acuity Brands Lighting. He is currently the President of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He has been active in the IES as a member of five sections, including a term as President of the Western Michigan Section. He has been Chair of the Lighting Economics Committee which produced the publication, RP-31, Recommended Practice for the Economic Analysis of Lighting and author of the newly published IES Seminar Lighting Economics. He has served as a member of the Office Lighting Committee and the Educational Seminars Committee. He has been an IESNA Director and served a term as Vice President of Design and Application. He has been a member of the Technical Review Council of the IES and is currently member of the Merchandise Lighting Committee. He has a BS degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from Babson College. He is Lighting Certified from NCQLP and is a LEED Accredited Professional from the US Green Buildings Council.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EarthCraft Light Commercial Case Study, Troy Yancey – T.E.A.L. Construction

Bio: Troy Yancey is a lifelong resident of Albemarle County. He graduated from Western Albemarle High School and went on to earn a business / economics degree from Randolph-Macon College. He played baseball in college and was named “player of the year” in 1987 by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Troy now lives in Crozet, VA and serves the area through his business T.E.A.L Construction, LLC.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Beyond Green Buildings: Green Sites and Green Landscapes, Karen Firehock, UVA

This presentation will propose green considerations for development planning that incoporates thinking at multiple scales to ensure that your development is “green” not only within the building but also
within the site and larger landscape context.  Green infrastructure planning can include thinking about the landscape context and how your development contributes to and benefits from linkages with natural
landscape features.  Case examples of current projects and tools will be presented along with examples of zoning options that can facilitate greener development.

Karen Firehock is the Director of the Green Infrastructure Center Inc. (GIC) and oversees planning and research projects at the regional, county, city and watershed scale. She has 25 years of experience in
environmental planning and natural resources management. She has directed 10 green infrastructure panning field tests and is currently working on a green infrastructure plan for Northern Virginia and
Nelson County and a Green Revitalization Plan for Richmond Virginia. She also has served as a consultant to five regional planning districts to create regional green infrastructure plans and helped the
VA Department of Forestry create its five-year strategy. She has also served as Chair of the Charlottesville Planning Commission where she worked to introduce new green building codes and policies into the city.  She has been a lecturer for the past eleven years on the adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia (UVA)’s School of Architecture in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning where she teaches landscape planning, low impact development site design and green ordinance development.  For seven years she was also a Senior Associate at the UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation, where she led national and regional multi-stakeholder planning processes for projects such as watershed planning, forest sustainability, and strategic planning for agencies.  For 12 years
prior, she was the national Save Our Streams Program director at the Izaak Walton League of America, where she directed stream and wetland conservation and education programs in 45 states.  She holds a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland and  Master of Planning Degree from the University of Virginia. Ms. Firehock has been the recipient of
numerous local, state and national awards for her work such as the National Greenways Award, a Renew America Award, A United Nations Environment Programme Award, the Virginia River Conservationist of the Year Award and the Charlottesville Eldon Fields Wood Design Professional of the Year Award.


Track 2

9:00 am – 10:00 am Green Interiors, Recipe for Healthy Indoor Air, Raymond Gaines, AIA, FCSI, CCS –  The Gaines Group, PLC

This session will explore factors that contribute to healthy indoor conditions and how to specify procedures, systems, and finishes for healthy spaces. Topics covered include finishes, furnishings, HVAC systems, construction indoor air quality plans, commissioning, and applicable standards. Considerations include VOC levels and flame spread of finishes, indoor climate and pollutant control, energy conservation, how to achieve code compliance, and how design decisions can affect LEED certification. This session will be of interest to architects, specifiers, interior designers, contractors, and facility managers.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Creating Healthy Living Environments with New Paint Technology, Alitia Cross, Benjamin Moore & Co.

  • Discuss sustainability and its impact on socially responsible GREEN design
  • Explain what a volatile organic compound is, how it is created, and what the growing concerns are
  • Explain LEED and illustrate where and how paint fits in and contributes to LEED certification
  • Describe various industry testing methods and standards for certifying “green” products
  • Specify paints not only for a LEED project but also in the creation of a healthier environment


Noon – 1:00 pm Toxicity of Indoor Air, Eric Pappas, JMU

This presentation will address the environmental pollutants commonly found in homes.  While there are ways to remedy the effects some of these pollutants, it is far better to avoid them.  The list of possible pollutants in the home include, but is not limited to, the following:  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from countless sources, pollutants entering through HVAC systems, radon, mold, building materials, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, cleaning products, computers (and all electronic devices), plastics, clothing, furniture, carpeting, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, tap water (and water from showers), shower curtains, fire places and stoves, health care products, cosmetics, air fresheners (sprays especially), and others.  Especially dangerous is the “cocktail effect” of the combination of these compounds, the dangers of which are impossible to calculate accurately.  This session will focus on identifying these pollutants, describing the problems they may cause to humans and animals, and suggesting ways to reduce the toxicity of indoor air (which can be up to 16 times more polluted than the outside air).



Dr. Eric Pappas is Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology and the School of Engineering.  Dr. Pappas has a B.S. in Economic Theory from Wagner College (N.Y.C.), and M.A. and Ed.D. degrees in Literature and English Education, respectively, from Virginia Tech (where he taught advanced engineering communications and engineering design for ten years in the College of Engineering and was a faculty member in the University Honors Program).  At Virginia Tech, he founded (and directed from 1993-2003) the nationally recognized and well-funded Advanced Engineering Communications and Design Program in the College of Engineering.  At James Madison University, Dr. Pappas co-developed the 16-credit design and sustainability curriculum in the School of Engineering, and teaches design and sustainability courses each semester.  In addition, he developed four courses in sustainability that focus on all five contexts noted above—two engineering classes, one class for General Education, and one senior-level course in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology (he teaches two of them).  In 2009, he was awarded (as PI) the following NSF grant:  IEECI: Integrating Developmental Instruction in Sustainability Contexts into an Undergraduate Engineering Design Curriculum (#0933948).  In addition, Dr. Pappas has published ten juried papers, and organized workshops, related to engineering sustainability and design, and problem solving since 2008.


1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Insulated Concrete Forms, Buddy Hughes, Logix

Types of Insulated Concrete Forms

Residential and Commercial Applications

Benefits and Advantages of ICF construction

Green Building Applications

Typical Construction Process

Typical Sections and Details

Code Compliance

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Green Framing for Certification, Skip Eastman, iLevel by Weyerhaeuser

Course will offer attendees training to consider the framing options that contribute toward a more energy and material efficient structure.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Consensus Documents, Christopher Hill, LEED AP – The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill

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