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.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
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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
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
- Essentials of Net-Zero and Passive House Construction
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