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

Net-Zero & Passive House Part-time Studies Course

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 their foundational understanding of zero energy/emissions building codes and standards, airtightness and low-TEDI enclosures from pre-requisite courses 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 be prepared for light construction and wear steel toe footwear for lab sessions. Tools are provided onsite, but students may bring their own utility knife if desired.






Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of XZEB 1130 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 49312


Fri Nov 25 - Sat Nov 26 (2 days)

  • 2 days
  • CRN 49312
  • $723.18
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 25 - Nov 26 Fri, Sat 08:00 - 16:30 Burnaby
Nov 25 - Nov 26 N/A N/A Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. This course is a 1 week course with 2 full days of (8AM-4:30PM, with a 1/2 hour lunch break). Instructional sessions are delivered in person with additional independent learning completed in the online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub).

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Effective as of Winter 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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