Jesse Clarke

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Jesse Clarke is a Building Scientist and Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He currently works as the Building Science Manager for Pro Clima – a global leader in the development and manufacture of high performance sealing systems for thermal insulation.

As a technical lead for Pro Clima’s Australian and New Zealand divisions, Jesse works to proliferate airtight and weathertight building systems. This includes delivering high-level training for architects and designers, plus hands-on training for builders and trades. 

Jesse is also the Chairman of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration and Heating (AIRAH) Special Technical Group for Building Envelope Physics – a body that advocates a holistic approach to  developing industry guidelines, codes and standards. He works closely with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and Standards Australia to realise the internationally proven benefits of integrated mechanical system and envelope design to deliver world-class, energy efficient buildings.

As a thought leader in sustainable building, Jesse believes that prefabrication has a responsibility to deliver holistic building systems, rather than just materials. He also believes that Australian construction can be enhanced by pushing the boundaries of standard practice to create higher benchmarks for design and delivery.

Presentation Overview - Building air tightness, why it is important in relation to prefab and risk reduction through validation testing

 Prefabrication brings with it a responsibility to deliver a product that by definition is not just a material but rather a holistic building system. This places the onus on the manufactures to deliver wall, roof and floor construction systems and components that effectively manage the risks of moisture to deliver healthy, energy efficient and durable modular buildings. Moisture in buildings poses considerable durability, health and litigation risks presenting potential for brand damage. Considering new BCA2019 code requirements this brings a new challenge. Using building science principles and the design of prefabricated building components incorporating control layers within construction assemblies can greatly enhance the durability and reduce risks by managing both external rain ingress and moisture inside the buildings across all Australian climate zones. This presentation will outline the use of control layers in prefabricated system development to be able to distribute products Nationally and ensure peace of mind for the long term.