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Monday, January 30, 2017

Nigel Isaacs

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
 
Lecture Title: "Sherry Cobblers, iced lemonade, soda water, ginger beer" - Linking the 'Frozen Water' Trade to Building Insulation
 
Reception: 5:00 p.m., Edward F. Blicharski Atrium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Lecture: 5:30 p.m., Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
 
Abstract: When Frederic Tudor started exporting 'frozen water' from Boston in 1806, little did he imagine it would inspire Henry David Thoreau, support the export of meat from one side of the globe to the other  and ultimately lead to building thermal insulation. The talk explores the development of thermal insulation to support the international ice trade, and its links to modern day building insulation.
 
Biography:
 
Dr Nigel Isaacs is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Indoor Climate Research and Training Center, University of Illinois.  Nigel teaches courses in environmental science, history of building technology and heritage conservation. His research focuses on the interface between buildings, their creators and users. Previous research includes national studies of energy use in houses, offices, shops, schools and hotels; identifying faults in existing houses; the history of the technology of the New Zealand timber house and the international development of sub-floor (crawl space) ventilation requirements.