Loss of a Friend / Building Scientist

Dewitt Kimball, a trusted leader in Maine’s energy auditing and diagnoses passed away. A loss to the construction, building and energy efficiency industries. Dewitt, worked with Warren Construction Group on many of its projects.

Below is an “In Memorian” written by Peter Troast of Energy Circle.

Dewitt Kimball

Our friend and client, DeWitt (Dee) Clark Kimball died after a lionhearted, fearless, and very personal fight against esophageal cancer. I was privileged to have been one of his caregivers. Dee centered his life around teaching, the building profession, and the ecological study of home design; his education informed his work. Through his business, Complete Home Evaluation Services, DeWitt was Maine’s leading independent energy auditor, diagnosing and recommending fixes to hundreds of Maine homes and buildings for efficiency, health, safety, and durability. While driven by the urgency of climate change, Dee was a building scientist, on the cutting edge of many emerging issues in homes, and a strong voice for bettering the state’s energy efficiency programs. He also had a master’s in education from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford , Connecticut, and spent sixteen years as a teacher, three of them in Arctic Village, Alaska, one of the few outsiders accepted into this Native American community. Dee’s teaching extended to his auditing work, as noted by Peter Warren of Warren Construction Group who wrote, “DeWitt was very smart, exceptionally patient, and a huge cheerleader as we hit targets in building envelope performance that some only dream of. He was able to infect even our most grizzled, set­ in-their-ways carpenters with the enthusiasm for the envelope. Many of our folks never understood how dew points worked or how to chase vapor through a wall assembly until DeWitt explained it in his careful, easy manner.”

for more on DeWitt see Peters blog at energycircle.com

Dewitt and Mike celebrate a very sucessful reading at the Freeport Community Center, a deep-energy retofit. The building now uses up 70% less energy.

A successful blower door reading