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ZEB Applied Building Science Fundamentals CESA 1000

Centre for Energy Systems Applications 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 course introduces the fundamental principles of building science including heat transfer, vapour diffusion, air flow, and moisture management. Hands-on exercises will be employed to better understand the effect of environmental loads on the building enclosure performance. Students will review the key properties of common construction materials and appropriate applications for said materials. Students will develop their knowledge of building science to support and inform strategies to meet the BC Energy Step Code.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop an appreciation for environmental loads and their effect on building enclosure performance
    • Identify typical exterior and interior environmental loads
    • Recognize how local climate and site considerations impact building design.
  • Describe building enclosure strategies for controlling heat, air, and moisture transmission
    • Explain the five critical barriers and their respective roles
    • Indicate the location of the five critical barriers on a simple section drawing
    • Demonstrate building science principles through simple experiments/demonstrations.
  • Understand the role of material selection on building durability
    • Review common construction materials and their associated properties
    • Identify typical stresses experienced by building enclosure materials including wood, metals, and concrete
    • Explain typical material compatibility issues that arise during construction.

Effective as of Winter 2018


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