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BSCI 9210 - Building Envelope 2

Building Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

In the Building Envelope 1 course, the design and performance of the Wall and Fenestration Assemblies were covered. In the Building Envelope 2 course, the design and performance of the remaining building envelope assemblies will be covered, including Roof, Roof Deck, Balcony, Foundation Wall, Slab on Grade, Basement Slab, and Crawlspace. By the end of the course, the students will have developed a good knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of the design and the likely performance of the whole Building Envelope. Topics include: a) Design and performance aspects of Roof (slope & flat), and Roof Deck assemblies with respect to the control of rain penetration, heat loss, vapour diffusion, air leakage, condensation, as well as improving long term durability. Computer-based hygrothermal analysis of these assemblies. Maintenance and retrofit aspects of these assemblies; b) Design and performance aspects of the Balcony assembly with respect to the control of rain penetration, as well as improving long term durability; c) Design and performance aspects of the Foundation Wall, Slab on Grade, Basement Slab, and Crawlspace: with respect to the control of surface water, ground water, heat loss, vapour diffusion, air leakage, condensation, as well as improving long term durability aspects. Computer-based hygrothermal analysis of these assemblies; d) Designs that minimize thermal bridging at Roof, Roof Deck, Balcony, Foundation Wall, Slab on Grade, Basement Slab, and Crawlspace assemblies, as well as their transitions with adjacent building envelope assemblies; e) 2D and 3D building envelope details pertaining to moisture, air, and heat management, with the specific focus on the “continuity” of the building envelope control layers (rain penetration control, surface & ground water control layer, thermal insulation, air barrier, and vapour retarder/barrier) at the field of Roof, Roof Deck, Foundation Wall, Slab on Grade, Basement Slab, and Crawlspace, as well as their transitions with adjacent building envelope assemblies; f) Overview of the requirements of the applicable Building Codes and Standards (National Building Code of Canada, British Columbia Building Code, Vancouver Building By-Law, Ashrae 90.1, etc.) with respect to moisture, air, and heat management at Roof, Roof Decks, Foundation Wall, Slab on Grade, Basement Slab, and Crawlspaces; g) Innovations and research pertaining to building envelope assemblies and components with the focus on moisture, air, heat management, and durability.

Prerequisite(s)

BSCI 9110

Credits

3.0

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Design the primary Roof, Foundation Wall and Base Floor Assemblies and Door Assemblies for low-rise and higher-rise buildings.
  • Select the main techniques for the analysis – both manual and computer based – of the components of the building enclosure.
  • Advise on the Commissioning and the Maintenance of these Enclosure Assemblies.
  • Diagnose, using both analytical methods and test procedures, problems and these problem assemblies.
  • Recommend repairs to the Building Enclosure for low-rise and higher-rise buildings.
  • Assess the conditions of building enclosure.

Effective as of Fall 2011

Related Programs

BSCI 9210 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Engineering/Building Science
    Full-time/Part-time   Master of Applied Science
  2. Building Science
    Full-time/Part-time   Master of Engineering

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