Mike Battistel is recognized as an industry leader in building science and building enclosure technology.
He worked his way from the bottom up, aquiring an invaluable skillset along the way. During the first part of Mike's career, he spent eight years in the construction field, working on more than 40 large residential and commercial projects as a Lead Hand Glazier and Journeyman Carpenter.
In 1998, he returned BCIT to advance his career by completing the Architectural Building Engineering Technology Program. He completed this program with honours, and was awarded both the ASHRAE Building Science Award and the BCBEC/BCIT Building Science Award for his outstanding academic achievements.
After BCIT, he joined RDH Building Engineering Ltd. Within a very short timeframe, Mike became a shareholder and was promoted to Manager of Field Services of the 5 RDH offices. As manager of field services, he established and directed company-wide standards for the field services aspects of the projects. He also led a variety of investigative and condition assessment projects on several existing buildings in BC, Washington, Oregon, and even a few in California and New Zealand. Within 6 years, he became a Principal and helped grow RDH into the largest Building Science Engineering firm in North America.
Mike is now a part owner and Vice President of Cascadia Fiberglass Windows. Most of his time and effort is now at Cascadia where they have developed some of the most energy efficient windows in the world.
Mike is also a part time as a instructor at BCIT in various building science and building engineering technology courses. He started teaching just two years after graduating from BCIT. In 2009, Mike was awarded the Part Time Studies Teaching Excellence Award. This was the first time ever that a part time instructor from the Architectural Building Engineering department has received this award.
Mike is a Senior Building Science Technologist and is a member of ASTTBC. He has recently been nominated as the ASTTBC representative for the Building Policy Advisory Committee of British Columbia.
- BCIT Diploma in Building Engineering.
- Diploma in Carpentry.
Level 1 Certificate in Thermography.
Mike has contributed his knowledge and experience to several publications authored by RDH. He also has led various investigations and case studies to support the conclusions in these publications. These publications include:
- Study of Poured-in-Place Concrete Wall Assemblies in the Coastal Climate of British Columbia, published by CMHC.
- Study of Water Penetration of Windows, published by CMHC.
- Windows Best Practice Guide, published by CMHC.
- Study of Highrise Envelope Performance in the Coastal Climate of British Columbia, published by CMHC
- Various HPO Bulletins.
- Premature Joint Sealant Failure - received first prize in the BCBEC Building Envelope Competition in 2000.
In the 1990s, the "Leaky Condo Crisis" in British Columbia identified that the building practices were not appropriate for the Westcoast Climate. This is what inspired Mike's career. He became dedicated to helping the industry design and implement sustainable building envelope systems. Since then, he has been at the cutting edge of this technology and has been instrumental in many of the landmark improvements.