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Russell Richman Consulting Ltd. is a boutique Consulting Engineering firm specializing in the fields of Building Science, Facade Engineering and Sustainable Buildings.

We offer complete services relating to the construction and operation of a building – from pre-design to project hand-over to problems encountered during service.

Our firm of industry experts provide exceptional experience and fundamental knowledge to solve your issue.

Interested in Custom WUFI and/or THERM Training for your Firm?

In the past few years, RRCL has been asked to provide custom training to specific firms in both THERM and WUFI.  This training can be designed for groups as small as 2 to groups as large as 15.

Benefits of custom training include:

  • Receiving more one-on-one time with the instructor
  • Focussing on project specific issues for your firm
  • The ability to adapt content and delivery in real-time to maximize training benefit
  • Using project specific examples from  your firm to learn the software

Here is what a few past firms have to say about custom training…

“I was thrilled to be able to arrange our custom training program for THERM and WUFI with Russell.  We have been working in the arena of Passive House for several years and have completed a couple standard trainings with these tools, which augment our capacity to detail durable assemblies.  For me the benefits of the custom training were heads and shoulders above the standard programs.  We were able to move through the material at our own rate, get to the complex issues quickly and work through scenarios that are specific to our projects and still had time to wander into broader discussions about high performance buildings and the challenges of implementation. Russell is an excellent instructor. He is passionate about building science, practical about the implementation in high performance buildings, and brings a wealth of knowledge to his training.”

 

“Having Russell Richman conduct a customized THERM course for the members of
our firm had two main advantages over a general workshop – the ability to
customize the content that we wanted to cover, and the ability to have the
course material covered at a pace that best suited the needs of our group.
Russell was an excellent instructor who was able to control the flow of
information delivery to the correct pace.  He was also able to provide
one-on-one instruction when required.”

Contact richman@rrcl.ca to inquire about custom training for your firm.

2015 THERM and WUFI Workshops a Success!

The 2015 THERM and WUFI workshops happened in December 2015.  Here are a few things participants had to say…

“The instructor had extensive knowledge of the software and concepts…helped me troubleshoot my errors”

“Knowledgeable and engaging instructor”

“Good instructor, enjoyable, kept your attention”

“Organized well”

“Each exercise built on the previous one”

Keep your eye out for upcoming workshops.  If you have any questions regarding workshops, email Russell at richman@rrcl.ca

 

 

2016 EnergyPlus Workshop

RRCL is proud to present the 2016 EnergyPlus workshop taking place at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.

***Dates***
Feb 19th, 20th and 21st.
***Description***
The  workshop will be a hands on workshop with more time focussed on completing two case study projects: a single family residential house, and a small office building.
***Agenda***
1. Basics & Overview
2. Building envelope – infiltration, ground heat transfer, window modelling
3. Ventilation & Airflow
4. Lighting and Equipment loads
5. Mechanical systems – typical and high performance options
6. Output and reporting – overview of EnergyPlus output, custom reporting
***Instructor***
The instructor will be my former graduate student, Mr. Hayes Zirnhelt.  He completed an extensive EPlus model on NRC’s CCHT Twin Houses and has become extremely experienced in modelling houses in Energy Plus. Following his masters degree, Hayes has worked as an energy modelling consultant, and taught the EnergyPlus workshop at Ryerson in 2014. Over the last 2.5 years he has been working for Rocky Mountain Institute, as an energy modeller and design consultant working on cutting edge deep energy retrofits, and new net zero energy demonstration projects.
***Purchase***

Visit our store to register for the workshops.

Renovation2050 Established as a Research House

In 2010, RRCL designed and constructed Renovation2050 in collaboration with the Sustainable Buildings Group in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University.

Over the past 4 years, a number of research projects have been completed.  The research scope ranges from a material level (e.g. historic brick durability) to the building level.  RRCL has been an intricate part of the research, coupling these young researchers with field experience opportunity and related projects.

RRCL invites you to visit the Reno2050 website for more information.

EnergyPlus for Houses Workshop

RRCL is proud to present the  EnergyPlus for Houses workshop taking place at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.

Following the successful EnergyPlus Workshop at Ryerson University in January 2013, the need for a specific workshop to model single family residential buildings using EPlus was identified for many participants.
***Dates***
June 19th, 20th and 21st.
***Description***
The  workshop will be a hands on workshop with more time focussed on completing a model of a single family residential house and all the major issues/aspects supporting this goal.
***Agenda***
1. Basics & Overview
2. Infiltration
3. Ground Heat Transfer
4. Window modelling
5. Ventilation & Airflow
6. Typical Residential Mechanical systems – baseboard heater, furnace, heat pump, HRV
***Instructor***
The instructor will be my former graduate student, Mr. Hayes Zirnhelt.  He completed an extensive EPlus model on NRC’s CCHT Twin Houses and has become extremely experienced in modelling houses in Energy Plus.
***Purchase***

Visit our store to register for the workshops.