Professor Kim Pressnail

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Professor Kim Pressnail

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Kim Pressnail
Dept. of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

Room GB314A

Tel: 416-978-1501

pressna@civ.utoronto.ca

Research Interests

Building science; Preservation of historical masonry buildings; Decay, durability of wood and wood products; Northern housing and foundations on permafrost; Insulated shallow foundations; Development of advanced wood-based members; Dynamic Buffer Zone.

Education and Designations

B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., LL.B.

Teaching

Course Code Title & Description Instructor Session Day(s) Start Time End Location(s)
CIV1279H

Prof. Kim Pressnail Winter 2018 Tuesday 17:00 19:00 GB 217
CIV575H

Prof. Kim Pressnail Fall 2017 Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

Publications

Journal Papers Published

 

  1. Richman, R.C., Cianfrone, C., Pressnail, K.D., “More Sustainable Masonry Facades: Preheating Ventilation Air Using a Dynamic Buffer Zone,” Journal of Building Physics, September 2009.
  2. Richman, R.C., Pressnail, K.D., “Quantifying and Predicting Performance of the Solar Dynamic Buffer Zone (SDBZ) Curtain Wall Through Experimentation and Numerical Modeling”, Journal of Energy and Buildings, November 2009. (On-line:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2009.10.021).
  3. Richman, R.C., Pressnail, K.D., “A More Sustainable Curtain Wall System: Analytical Modeling of the Solar Dynamic Buffer Zone (SDBZ) Curtain Wall”, Building and Environment Vol 44 p.1, January 2009.
  4. Dong, B., Kennedy, C.A., Pressnail, K., “Comparing Life Cycle Implications of Building Retrofit and Replacement Options”, Canadian Journal for civil Engineering, 32(6), 1051-1063, 2005.
  5. Engel-Yan, J.B, Kennedy, C.A., Saiz, S., and Pressnail, K.D., 2005. Toward Sustainable Neighbour-hoods: the Need to Consider Infrastructure Interactions. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 32(1): 45-57.

Journal Papers Accepted for Journal Publication

 

  • Richman, R., Pressnail, K., O’Malley, L., Liebenow, N., “The Reduced Gradient Approach: An Alternate Method to Optimizing Humidity Conditions in House Museums in Cold Climates”, Journal of the Association of Preservation Technologists”, Accepted March 2010. NSERC PGSM.

Conference Papers Published

 

  • Caesar, D.J., Richman, R.C., Pressnail, K., “Design and Construction of an Effective Window Wall System in High Rise Condominiums: A Case Study”, 7th International Conference on Tall Buildings p. 711, October 2009, Hong Kong, China.
  • Caesar, D.J., Pressnail, K., “Design, Testing and Quality Control of Curtain Wall Systems Manufactured in South-East Asia for Cold Climates”, ICBEST 2010, Vancouver British Columbia, June 2010.
  • Richman, R.C., Cianfrone, C., Pressnail, K.D., “More Sustainable Masonry Façades: Preheating Ventilation Air Using a Dynamic Buffer Zone (DBZ)” Building Envelope Science and Technology 2, Portland, Oregon, April 2010.
  • Pressnail, K., Richman, R., Kirsh, A., “An Innovative Approach to Low-Energy Building Performance Using Nested Thermal Envelopes”, 12th National Building Envelope Conference on “Integrating Sustainability”, p. 393, May 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Kirsh, A., Pressnail, K., Richman, R., “Low-Energy Homes: The Economic Case for Building More Responsibly Now”, 12th National Building Envelope Conference on “Integrating Sustainability”, p. 603, May 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Rowe, D., Pressnail, K., Richman, R., “Evaluating the Performance of a Double Façade in a Cold Climate: A Case Study”, 12th National Building Envelope Conference on “Integrating Sustainability”, p. 211, May 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Timusk, C., Pressnail, K., Cooper, P., “The Effects of Board Density, resin Content, and component Layers on the Permeability Properties of Mill-Fabricated Oriented Strandboard”, 12th National Building Envelope Conference on “Integrating Sustainability”, p. 325, May 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Richman, R., Pressnail, K., Cianfrone, C., “More Sustainable Masonry Façades: Analytic Modeling of a Dynamic Buffer Zone (DBZ) brick Veneer Wall Assembly”, 12th National Building Envelope Conference on “Integrating Sustainability”, p. 591, May 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Illaszewicz, G., Pressnail, K., “A Study of Thermal Insulation Practices in the Arctic Regions of Canada”, 12th National Building Envelope Conference on “Integrating Sustainability”, p. 187, May 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Maleki, A., Day, K., Pressnail, K., “An Economic Evaluation of Building Envelope Energy Retrofits”, 12th National Building Envelope Conference on “Integrating Sustainability”, p. 151, May 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Kesik, T, Melnichuk, S., Pressnail, K., DeRose, D., “Designing Better Envelopes for Cold Climates Using a Limit States Design Approach and Life Cycle Cost Analysis”, 12th National Building Envelope Conference on “Integrating Sustainability”, p. 483, May 2009, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Richman, R., Pressnail, K., Kirsh, A., “Moderating the Impact of Sustained Energy Interruptions By Designing and Constructing Low-Energy Homes”, PLEA2009 - 26th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Quebec City, Canada, June 2009.
  • Kennedy, C., Bristow, D., Richman, R., Kirsh, A., Pressnail, K., "Hour by Hour Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for a Near-Zero Carbon Condominium Design" International Society for Industrial Ecology 2009 Conference, Lisbon, Portugal June 2009.
  • Richman, R.C., Pressnail, K.D., “The Solar Dynamic Buffer Zone (SDBZ) Curtain Wall: Theory and Simulation”, First Biennial International Conference on Building Enclosure Science and Technology Minneapolis, MN., June, 2008.
  • Richman, R.C., Pressnail, K.D., Kirsh, A.M., “Exterior Basment Insulation for Cold Climates: Further Proof of the Need to Build Better Now”, 11th Conference on Building Science and Technology, Banff Alberta, p.287-298, March 2007.
  • Haines, G., Org, M., Barkan, A., Pressnail, K.D., “ An Economic and Environmental Comparison of Standard versus Energy-Efficient Homes in Toronto, Canada”, ENHR Conference on Sustainable Urban Areas, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 2007 Unfunded.
  • Richman, R.C., Pressnail, K.D., Kirsh, A.M., “The Importance of Building Better Now: Mitigation of Winter Storm Damage”, International Society for Industrial Ecology, Toronto Ontario, June 2007.
  • Richman, R.C. Pressnail, K.D., “More Sustainable Curtain Wall Systems: Using a Solar Dynamic Buffer Zone (SBDZ) to Reduce Energy Costs”, The 2006 Annual General Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Calgary Alberta, 11p. May 2006.
  • Richman, R.C., Pressnail, K.D., “ Further Validation of the Inverse Method of Predicting Air Flow in Buildings”, 1st Canadian Conference on Effective Design of Structures, McMaster University, 10p. July 2005.
  • Timusk, P.C., Pressnail, K.D., 'Moisture Related Properties of OSB (Oriented Strand Board) presented at the 10th DBMC Conference, Lyon France, April 2005.
  • Engel-Yan, J.B, Kennedy, C.A., Saiz, S., and Pressnail, K.D., 2005. Natural Infrastructure and Neighbourhood Sustainability. 33rd CSCE Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. Accepted for publication April 2005.