April Fools

Judge Robs Yost of Gold Medal in WUFI Modeling

Despite a perfect 10 for Yost from two of the judges, this year’s WUFIlympics gold medal goes instead to Terry Brennan.

April 1, 2015

Peter Yost inputs the custom material properties for a 123-year-old brick sample during his historically perfect WUFI routine.

Photo: BuildingGreen
The crowds roared and pocket-protector-bumped in the stands as U.S. WUFIlympian Peter Yost, vice president of technical services at BuildingGreen, stuck the landing on the first perfect WUFI run in the entire recorded history of hygrothermal modeling (see Go with the Flows: The Promise and Perils of Hygrothermal Modeling). Two of the three judges awarded him a perfect “10.”

ESPN commentators noted that Yost probably earned points not only for modeling a wall that insulates and dries well in all climatic conditions but also for the degree of difficulty for his chosen routine in the freestyle portion. “The safe choice would have been to model the ‘perfect wall,’” noted color commentator Joe Lstiburek, P.E., referring to the assembly design that he has written about in books and promoted from his respected perch at Building Science Consulting. But, Lstiburek explain, “[Bleeping] Yost went out of his [bleep] to [bleep] and then he [bleeped] the retrofit [bleep] SPF [bleep] radon, and no one saw that coming.”

But a shocked silence fell over the stadium as the frowning judge from Germany held up a “7.” His controversial score pulled Yost down to second place in the overall rankings, leaving the field open for fellow U.S. team member Terry Brennan, of building-science consulting firm Camroden Associates, to bag the gold.

In related news, the U.S. WUFIlympics Committee announced it has opened an investigation into rumors that Brennan has received secret kickbacks—including unlimited access to unauthorized performance-enhancing WUFI plugins—from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute.

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April 1, 2015 - 9:16 am

Every email, blog and facebook post from VT today celebrates 4/1. New State holiday to recover from laughing?

April 1, 2015 - 9:21 am

Next up: a change.org petition to Governor Peter Shumlin. "Make April 2 a state holiday. We're all too depressed to come to work."

April 1, 2015 - 12:53 pm

I love this special edition. Man.  I especially admire that these articles help us to laugh at ourselves a bit.  Those working hard are certainly the easiest to tweak, and after I stop gasping for air I will applaud the camaraderie that supports this edition. And laugh at myself. And at Gehry (my favorite to laugh at). 

Wow. Can you throw in some more didactic allegory in your AIA DEEL piece - I'm out of practice with the studio imagery and discourse (thank goodness). 

BTW -NY will never get a day off for laughing...we have too much satire on a daily basis! 

April 2, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Ich ben ein bushuggana....