James J Weinkam

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James Weinkam was a long-term associate of Theodor Sterling. He was with the computer department at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, and together with the Sterling family he set up a "Building Performance Database" which was useful to the tobacco industry. It held information on 261 buildings on such specific products/factors as building materials, energy use, ventilation, lighting, acoustics, indoor air pollution levels, and reported effects on the health and comfort of occupants. This was supposedly an analytical tool for architects designing IAQ systems and performance of air-conditioning. [[2]


Weinkam had worked with Sterling at Cincinnati University, then at Washington University, and then again at Simon Fraser University.

Theodor Sterling's speech at the 1988 Bariloche, Argentina conference (a tobacco industry closed conferernce in Latin America) has a section on the Building Performance Database and how it was used by the tobacco industry -- including the use by Roger Perry in the UK.. [3] He admits that he was unable to keep up with the "explosion" of building investigations world-wide. At that time if had data from 400 buidling evaluations and it needed to be 4 - 5 times that size to be current. He wanted a full-time research assistant.