Information for

John Straube

Associate Professor

Contact InformationJohn Straube

Phone: 519-888-4015 or x84015
Location: CPH 2373H
Fax: +1 519-888-6197


Biography Summary

John Straube is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is cross-appointed to the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Principal at Building Science Consulting Inc., where he leads forensic investigations and research projects in the areas of low energy building design, building enclosure performance, hygrothermal analysis and field monitoring of wall assemblies.

As a result of his research work, Professor Straube wrote the book “High Performance Enclosures” and also co-authored “Building Science for Building Enclosures” with Eric Burnett. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Building Science Education from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC).

Professor Straube is a member of CSA A371 Masonry Construction, Standards Committee, CAN/ULC S741-08 Standard for Air Barrier Materials, American Society of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers and International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Canada.

Research Interests

  • Building Physics
  • Building Science
  • Building Performance
  • Building Enclosure
  • Moisture
  • Durability
  • Construction
  • Sustainable Building
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Material
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Building Performance
  • Heat Air And Moisture Transport


  • 1998, Doctorate, Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1993, Master's, Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1991, Bachelor's, Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • ARCH 364 - Building Science
  • CIVE 507 - Building Science and Technology
  • ARCH 264 - Building Science
  • CIVE 265 - Structure and Properties of Materials
  • ARCH 673 - The Science of the Building Envelope

Selected/Recent Publications

  • McClung, Ruth and Ge, Hua and Straube, John and Wang, Jieying, Hygrothermal performance of cross-laminated timber wall assemblies with built-in moisture: field measurements and simulations, Building and Environment, 71, 2014, 95 - 110
  • Jablonka, Marcus and Karagiozis, Achilles and Straube, John, Selection Tool for Water-Resistive Barriers with Suitable Vapor Permeability, , 2013
  • Straube, JF and Acahrya, V, Indoor air quality, healthy buildings, and breathing walls, Iris communications Inc., Green building. Retrieved October, 13, 2013
  • Smegal, J and Lukachko, A and Straube, J and Trainor, T, Quantitatively Evaluating the Effectiveness of Different Drip Edge Profiles, Proceedings of the 14th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology, Toronto, Ontario Canada, January 2014, 89 - 99
  • Fox, M and Straube, J and Ge, H and Trainor, T, Field Test of Hygrothermal Performance of Highly Insulated Wall Assemblies, Proceedings of the 14th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology, Toronto, Canada, January 2014
  • Ricketts, Lorne and Straube, J, A Field Study of Airflow in Mid to High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings, 14th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology-Toronto, Ontario, January 2014
  • McClung, Victoria Ruth and Straube, John and Ge, Hua and Wang, Jieying, Field Study of Hygrothermal Performance of Cross-Laminated Timber Wall Assemblies with Built-In Moisture, Proceedings of the 5th International Building Physics Conference, January 2013, 28 - 31
  • Mensinga, Peter and De Rose, David and Straube, John and Schumacher, Chris, A Test Method to Identify the Onset of Freeze-Thaw Deterioration in Masonry, Masonry 2014,