This course will help students develop their knowledge of building science to support and inform strategies to meet the requirements of the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code including Net Zero Ready and the Passive House standard. The course will first introduce to the performance metrics of both the BC Energy Step Code, Net Zero Ready (using NRCan's EnerGuide Rating System) and the Passive House standard. The course will compare the value and characteristics of these buildings, with a focus on residential buildings. Students will become familiar with the potential impacts of buildings operation on Greenhouse Gas emissions and Climate Change. With a firm understanding of the regulatory context, the bulk of course learning will focus on a reviewing the 6 principles of high performance buildings and fundamental principles of building science including heat transfer, vapour diffusion, air flow, and moisture management. The course will review properties of construction materials, including their appropriate application and combined performance as part of various higher performance assemblies or systems. Students will compare the performance of various materials and evaluate their performance in different applications. This course will provide a solid foundation for subsequent Zero Energy Building courses which take a deeper dive into the science, designs solutions, and construction techniques for airtightness, enclosures, mechanical systems, and ventilation. This course is offered online.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
- This course has been retired and is no longer offered. Find other Flexible Learning courses that may interest you.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Compare the BC Energy Step Code, Net Zero Energy building standard, and the Passive House standard.
- Describe the 6 principles of high performance buildings and the "envelope-first approach" to Zero Energy Buildings.
- Explain fundamentals of building science as it relates to heat, air, and moisture transmission.
- Explain the role of material selection on building durability and performance.
Effective as of Winter 2020
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