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My Interview with the Inventor of the Turbo Thermo-Encabulator Max

Joe Lstiburek Allison Bailes Turbo Thermo Encabulator Max Video Interview

You may not realize that among his many other accomplishments, Dr. Joseph Lstiburek, the well known building scientist and Canadian firebrand, invented the Turbo Thermo-Encabulator Max. He’s tried to keep this secret and you won’t find anything about it on Building Science Corporation’s website. I’ve known about it for a while, though, and I was perfectly content to keep it a secret…until last week.

You see, I got a chance to interview Joe about this amazing device a while back, but the video was supposed to be only for the inner circle of the inner circle, Joe’s so-called Double Platinums. (Yeah, all of you who think you’re in the innermost circle because you get the Platinum invitation to Building Science Summer Camp need to wise up. Sorry. He’s also got the inner inner circle of the inner circle, but Betsy, who runs a tight ship at BSC, won’t tell him who’s in it because she knows he won’t be able to stop himself from telling the other inner circles and trying to set up envy-fueled feuds.)

Anyway, I wasn’t going to go public with this video, but then Joe started getting nasty in public, besmirching my good name in a LinkedIn discussion group. “Dr. Bailes is a well known troublemaker and a general pain in the ass,” he wrote one day last week. So, all bets are off now, and I’m letting the whole world know about his connection with the Turbo Thermo-Encabulator Max.

Here’s the video of my interview with him. Enjoy!


Allison A. Bailes III, PhD is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the founder of Energy Vanguard in Decatur, Georgia.  He has a doctorate in physics and is the author of a bestselling book on building science.  He also writes the Energy Vanguard Blog.  For more updates, you can subscribe to our newsletter and follow him on LinkedIn.


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  1. Alas, few have ever survived
    Alas, few have ever survived a crash into the dreaded dental floss bush. Before being specially processed for cleaning teeth, the filaments cut like razor wire… 
    Hey Bailes, 
    A straight face would have helped with the illusion :-). 
    Thanks for the smiles. 

  2. Fun stuff guys , can we get
    Fun stuff guys , can we get joe to tell us how he apprehended the Illinois Enema Bandit next time .

  3. How many of us energy nerds
    How many of us energy nerds caught the reference to Mr. Zappa? Perhaps it helps explain our life-long fascination with the invisible forces of nature, and our flying into the face of “traditional building practices.” Just saying.

  4. Wholy Terror Batman! so this
    Wholy Terror Batman! so this is what happens at SC after the inner circle goes to bed and the inner-inner-inner circle stays up to do experiments with Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Evil?

  5. Glad to here you are keeping
    Glad to here you are keeping up the family legacy! “Dr. Bailes is a well known troublemaker and a general pain in the ass,” I wish I had a buck two ninety eight every time someone said the like about me, lol. Gotta go and save the planet!

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