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Airtightness and Low-TEDI Enclosures Lab for Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings XZEB 1130

Net-Zero & Passive House Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​This lab course allows for hands-on practice constructing various air barrier systems and assembly details for zero energy/emissions and Passive House buildings to meet the requirements of the national and provincial zero energy (BC Energy Step Code) and Passive House standards. Students will apply a foundational understanding of zero energy/emissions building codes and standards, airtightness and low-TEDI enclosures and work through several hands-on lab stations to build, test, or evaluate various assemblies using a range of approaches and materials. Lab activities will cover air and thermal barrier approaches and details for foundations, above and below-grade walls, roofs, interfaces, windows, balconies, penetrations, and low-embodied carbon insulation material options. This course is offered in person at BCIT High-Performance Lab with some assignments through the BCIT Learning Hub. Students should prepare for light construction and wear steel-toe footwear for lab sessions. Tools are provided onsite. To succeed in this course, there is an expectation of a pre-requisite knowledge of the BC Energy Step Code, Passive House standards, and airtightness and low-TEDI assemblies. This course may be eligible for students to receive funding through the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant at www.bcit.ca/financial-aid/strongerbc-future-skills-grant. Students register themselves into the course, then apply for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant to cover payment, if eligible.

Prerequisite(s)

  • No prerequisites are required for this course.

Credits

2.0

Domestic fees

$758.20

Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of XZEB 1130 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 68226

Duration

Thu May 30 - Fri May 31 (2 days)

  • 2 days
  • CRN 68226
  • Domestic fees $758.20
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
May 30 - May 31 Thu, Fri 08:00 - 16:30 Burnaby
May 30 - May 31 N/A N/A Online
Instructor

TBD

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$758.20

Important information
  1. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  2. XZEB 1130 is mostly an in-person course, with 16 hours of course delivery from the BCIT High Performance Lab. In addition, students will have to complete 8 hours of online self-paced learning using the BCIT Learning Hub. Students will have 2 weeks after the course starts to complete their online work. (1) This course is delivered over 2 days in the BCIT High Performance Building Lab 8AM-4:30PM (with a 1/2 hour lunch break) and additional independant learning completed in the online course portal. (2) This is an optional badged course for both the Essentials Net-Zero and Passive House Construction and Supervising Net-Zero and Passive House Construction microcredentials. Students will have successfully completed XZEB 1120 or equivalent prior to taking this course. (3) Tuition grants may be available for learners with projects in the City of Richmond or the City of New Westminster. For more information contact zeb@bcit.ca.
Status

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare the material properties (membranes, tapes, components, etc.) in the application as an air barrier system.
  • Compare the material properties of insulation as part of the thermal barrier.
  • Identify construction details and materials to mitigate moisture and water risks with various highly insulated assemblies.
  • Identify air barrier approaches and construction details that will help protect the air barrier during construction and over the life of the building.
  • Identify construction details that will help protect the thermal barrier over the life of the building.
  • Interpret air barrier and thermal barrier details on drawings.
  • Evaluate air barrier solutions for problematic construction details.
  • Develop a construction plan for the sequencing and installing the air barrier and thermal barrier.
  • Demonstrate the technical skills to execute the correct installation of an air barrier for a range of assembly details.
  • Demonstrate the technical skills to execute the correct installation of various split-insulated assembly types and complete exterior finishing details.
  • Practice locating and repairing leaks on an air barrier system.
  • Be familiar with the thermal bridging properties of materials (fasteners, clips, etc.) and their potential role in addressing problematic construction details.

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Airtightness and Low-TEDI Enclosures Lab for Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings (XZEB 1130) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Essentials of Net-Zero and Passive House Construction
    Microcredential Part-time

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