Paul J. Ellringer Biography

Paul J. Ellringer (ll ringer) - Paul is a building scientist, registered engineer (14162), and certified industrial hygienist (1552).  For the past twenty years, he has investigated moisture related concerns in over 1,000 buildings.  Paul has authored twenty papers, books and articles on these issues, many of which have been published nationally.  Over the past ten years, Paul has investigated wall failure problems related to moisture penetration in over 500 residential houses in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  For five years Paul has been presenting a State of Minnesota certified “Contractors License Renewal Course” on building construction techniques to avoid water penetration concerns.  This eight hour course is presented regularly to residential building contractors at Century College.  Paul for three years was on the State Building Code Residential Energy Committee, which was responsible for the present building code to make buildings more energy efficient as well as more durable and resistant to water penetration.  Paul has published papers regarding the cause of stucco wall failures in residential and commercial buildings in Minnesota.  Paul has been involved with indoor air quality issues in buildings for 35 years.  Paul presently works for St. Paul based Air Tamarack, Inc.

Education

Specialized: 1974-2012

Numerous EPA, NIOSH, OSHA, AIHA, and other industrial hygiene and building construction courses, seminars and conventions, several of which are:

- Several seminars on building construction issues related to water penetration presented by the Building Science Corporation

  • Have presented papers at national conferences on mold problems with building construction materials, confined space entry hazards and office indoor air quality concerns.  See attached papers.
  • Presently provides state required building code training to Minnesota residential building contractors at Century College – Eight Hour State certified course.
FORMAL: 1973-1974

University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  Courses in Industrial Hygiene Engineering, Industrial Ventilation, and Air Analysis.

  1970-1973

University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.
B.S. Degree in Bio-Medical Chemical Engineering.

  1968-1970      

Rochester State Junior College, Rochester, Minnesota.
A.A. Degree.

Professional Certifications

1979 Received Certification in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene Number 1552 by the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene.
1980

Registered as a Professional Engineer in Minnesota Number 14162.

Professional Affiliations

Was a member of the State of Minnesota 2003-2007 and 2011-2012 Residential Energy committee, which was responsible for making changes to the building code in an effort to prevent water related problems in residential construction.  Member of the Local and National Chapters of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and American Academy of Industrial Hygiene. 

Employment

1995 – Present

Air Tamarack, Inc. (Formerly Tamarack Environmental, Inc.)

Present Responsibilities:

Perform investigations into wall failure problems related to moisture penetration, determine cause and effect, provide expert witness testimony, and provide proper rebuild designs to avoid future problems.  Oversee contractors performing the rebuilding of defective walls.  Perform indoor air quality investigations in residential and office buildings with a specialty in microbial concerns.  Investigate fungal concerns in residential buildings, document findings, provide expert witness testimony, and develop recommendations for fungal abatement and rebuild.  Provide required building code training to residential construction contractors at Century College in order for them to keep their contractor licenses.

1990-1995

State of Minnesota - Industrial Hygienist III

Responsibilities:

  • Provided training on office indoor air quality concerns in building design and operation to state building engineers, facility coordinators and building operators.
  • Develop, administer and interpret statewide industrial hygiene policies and procedures so that the state effectively functions as a single employer while maintaining agency flexibility.
  • Provided training to state agency safety and health personnel and staff on such topics as chemical hazards, asbestos, respiratory protection, confined space entry, ergonomics and office indoor air quality concerns.
1984-1990

State of Minnesota -  Principal Engineer (Principal Industrial Hygiene Engineer)

Responsibilities:

  • Supervised 13 Industrial Hygiene Staff members performing industrial hygiene OSHA investigations in public and private industry.
  • Supervised an electronics technician in the purchase, maintenance, and calibration of all OSHA Division equipment with an annual budget of $50,000-$150,000.
  • Designed and gave training sessions to OSHA Investigators, and employers in the public and private sector.
  • Negotiated settlement agreements with employers in contested OSHA health cases.

1973-1983      

State of Minnesota – Minnesota Department of Health

Various duties as an industrial hygiene engineer primarily working in the field investigating health hazards in industries throughout the state.

Expert Testimony of Paul Ellringer

Moe and Lois Nozari vs Keith Waters & Associates Court File 62-CR-09-13396 Ramsey County - Construction Defect case - January 2012 - Scott Andresen Attorney for Homeowner

Carol McMorrow vs Village Homes of Grandview Square Association Hennepin County – Construction Defect case April 2011 – Vince King Attorney for Homeowner

Cordell and Kelly Campbell vs College City Homes Court File 19HA-CV-10-771 Dakota County – Construction Defect case – January 2011- Scott Andresen Attorney for Homeowner

Mattschuck and Sabler vs Homebuilder – Pine County – Construction Defect Case – March 2008 – Construction Defect Case – March 2008 – Mark Peschel Attorney for Homeowner

Robert Hill & Associates vs Ramsey County – Ramsey County – Bacterial contamination of residential housing by the Ramsey County compost pile in Maplewood – July 2006 – Robert Hill Attorney for Homeowners

Articles Authored, Coauthored or Paul Ellringer was a Major Contributor

  1. Bomberg M. M. Pazera, P. Ellringer, 3E wall for all climates: P1: the problem, P2: the solution, Int. Lime Conference, Orlando, FL, March 8-11, 2005
  2. Lstiburek J. etal “Builder’s Guide to Cold Climates” published by Building Science Press Revised Sixth Printing October, 2004.  http://www.buildingscience.com
  3. Yang C.S., Ellringer P.J etal 2004 “Mold Management” published by Business&Legal Reports, Inc. ISBN 1-55645-180-6-1/04 http://www.blr.com
  4. Yang C.S., Ellringer P.J. Antifungal Treatments and their effect on Fibrous Glass Liner” Published in the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Journal April 2004.  http://www.ashrae.org
  5. Ellringer P., Olson L. 2003 “Proposed Numerical Fungal Guidelines for Settled Dust and Bulk Samples Collected From Office and Residential Buildings for Hygiene Purposes” 2003 American Industrial Hygiene Conference Proceedings Abstract 134.
  6. Ellringer P.J., Ellringer C.A., Olson L.K., Boone K., Engbrecht-Schaff N. 2001 Fungal Infestation Concerns Related to Vinyl Base Molding and the Use of Water-Based Latex Adhesives Proceedings of Healthy Buildings/IAQ2001 American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, San Diego, CA
  7. Ellringer P.J., Hendrickson M.S., Yang C.S., Boone K. 2001 Fungal Levels on Interior Surfaces of Ventilation Ductwork, Closed Cell Foam Insulation Verus Fibrous Glass Insulation and Galvanized Metal Proceedings of Healthy Buildings/IAQ2001 American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, San Diego, CA
  8. Boone K., Ellringer P.J., Sawyer J.E., Streifel A. 1997 Can good indoor air quality improve the performance of elementary students? 1:75-79 in Proceedings of Healthy Buildings/IAQ=97, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Bethesda, Md.
  9. Ellringer P. J., 1997. Identification and Engineering Solutions of HVAC Microbial Contamination  American Filtration & Separation Society Publication 1997 Vol. 11 pp.390-395
  10. Ellringer P.J., Whitcomb L.1997. 263 Indoor Air Quality Case Studies in the State of Minnesota American Filtration & Separation Society Publication 1997 Volume 11  pp.378-383
  11. Yang C.S., Ellringer P.J. Evaluation of treating and coating HVAC fibrous glass liners for controlling fungal colonization and amplification ASHRAE 1996 Indoor Air Quality Conference Proceedings, Indoor Air 1996 3:173-177 Nagoya, Japan. 
  12. Ellringer P.J., Boone K., Hendrickson M.S. Building Materials Used in Construction Can Greatly Affect Indoor Microbial Levels Published in the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal December, 2000.
  13. Ellringer P.J., Boone K., Hendrickson M.S. The Type of Building Materials Used During Construction Can Have a Dramatic Effect on Indoor Air Microbial Levels. 1999 American Industrial Hygiene Conference Proceedings Abstract 248
  14. Ellringer P.J., Yang C. Comprehensive Evaluation and Engineering Modifications of HVAC Systems for Control of Fungal Contamination 1998 American Industrial Hygiene Conference Proceedings Abstract 103
  15. Ellringer P.J., Yang C.  Identification and Engineering Solutions of HVAC Microbial Contamination. 1997 American Industrial Hygiene Conference Proceedings Abstract 113
  16. Ellringer P.J., Whitcomb L. Indoor Air Quality Studies in Minnesota Office Buildings 1997 American Industrial Hygiene Conference Proceedings Abstract 286
  17. Ellringer P.J., Whitcomb L.  Indoor Air Quality Surveys: How to Be Effective and Efficient with Limited Resources. 1996 American Industrial Hygiene Conference Proceedings Abstract 233
  18. Building Air Quality a Guide for Building Owners, Facility Managers, and Agency Contacts Paul J. Ellringer principal author, June 16, 1995 MN Dept. of Administration
  19. Ellringer P.J., Hendrickson S.A., Chin Y. S. Microbial Levels on Interior Surfaces of Ventilation Ductwork, Closed Cell Foam Verus Fibrous Glass Insulation and Galvanized Metal.@ 2000 American Industrial Hygiene Conference Proceedings Abstract 196
  20. Thatcher B. , Ellringer P., Boone K., Sampling Protocol For Pesticides and Toxic Metals in a 100 Year Old Warehouse Used as Office Space.  2000 American Industrial Hygiene Conference Proceedings Abstract 150