James Baty

James Baty is a partner at Sauter Baty Associates in Mount Vernon, Iowa and currently serves as Managing Director for the Concrete Foundations Association. Combined with his degree (BARCH) in Architecture from Iowa State University, Mr. Baty has added a career long emphasis on thermal design efficiency and concrete construction.

From 1991-2001 he served Thermomass as Technical Services Manager where he was responsible for the integration of thermal efficiency with commercial construction through engineering, design consultation and construction supervision. Since 2001, he has served the residential concrete industry as CFA Technical Director and now Managing Director, providing guidance to both members and general industry for design, construction and performance aspects of residential concrete foundations and above-grade residential concrete homes. He presently serves as a primary educator to the industry and a certification examiner for both the ACI/CFA Residential Foundation Technician and ACI/TCA Certified Tilt-Up Supervisor programs.

Mr. Baty has developed thermal design and engineering tools including isothermal planes analysis programs and implementation programs demonstrating the benefits of mass construction as referenced in ASHRAE 90.1. His research has involved the use of thermal modeling programs for energy-efficient design such as VisualDOE, Physibel and other mechanical engineering programs. Mr. Baty has also contributed to full-scale thermal testing of insulated concrete sandwich panel constructions with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He has also been part of a research team for the performance of residential concrete foundation placements during cold weather and co-author for the resulting research report from the Concrete Foundations Association.

The current list of industry participations and service positions include:

  • Concrete Foundations Association, Managing Director
  • Tilt-Up Concrete Association, Technical Director
  • ACI 551 - Tilt-Up Concrete Committee, voting member and current Secretary
  • ACI 332 - Residential Concrete Committee, voting member and current Chair
  • ACI 306 - Cold Weather Concrete, voting member
  • ACI C650 - Tilt-Up Certification, voting member
  • ACI C655 - Residential Concrete Foundation Certification, voting member
  • Alliance for Concrete Codes and Standards (ACCS), voting member and current President
  • International Codes Council (ICC), current member
  • American Institute of Architects, education provider
  • ACI Iowa Chapter, current board member
  • State of Ohio Building Code Officials, approved education provider
  • State of North Carolina Code Officials, approved education provider

In addition to his active work above, Jim has also been involved in the following organizations during his career:

  • The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)
  • Georgia/Carolina Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (GCPCI)
  • U.S. D.O.E. at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Contact Information

Jim Baty
113 First Street West
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Tel: (319) 895-6940


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