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CESA 1005 - Zero Energy Buildings All-In-One: Fundamentals, Airtightness, Assemblies, and Mechanicals

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This 48-hour course will provide a comprehensive study of Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB's) to ensure that that builders, designers, consultants and tradespeople have the applied knowledge to build to the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code, Net-Zero Energy or the Passive House standard. Students will learn from industry experts and develop an applied understanding of the BC Energy Step Code, building science in ZEBs, airtight design and construction, execution of high performance assembly details, and mechanical systems for ZEB's. Part 1 of the course will cover ZEB Fundamentals providing a solid foundation on the Energy Step Code, new regulatory requirements, working with an Energy Advisor, and evolving practices. With interactive dialogue and presentations from multiple industry subject matter experts, students will be prepared for a deeper dive into the science, design solutions, and construction techniques for airtightness, low thermal energy demand intensity enclosures and efficient mechanical systems. Part 2 of the course will focus on Airtightness, developing an applied understanding of approaches, construction details, and best practices for executing an airtightness plan (from building design to construction and final testing). Air barrier solutions for critical building interfaces, multi-unit airtightness, material options, and construction coordination are some of the topics that will be covered. Part 3 will examine Assembly Detail solutions to achieve the 'envelope-first' performance requirements of the BC Energy Step Code. Under the guidance of an expert instructor and using real mockups, learners will virtually evaluate assembly solutions. The strategies and details reviewed aim to facilitate a critical comparison of the performance, constructability, and costs of different approaches to meet the thermal energy demand intensity (TEDI) metric of the BC Energy Step Code or the Passive House standard. Throughout, students will compare materials (membranes, insulation, tapes, flashing, fasteners, etc.) in the context of the building assemblies. Part 4 will advance understanding of the design, installation, and verification practices needed to realize performance of mechanical systems in energy efficient residential buildings. Through case study work and applied learning exercises led by industry experts, you will learn best practices related to residential HVAC systems. Topics covered include: proper system selection to fit with design and performance expectations and best practices for builders and mechanical contractors to ensure good design and proper tender specifications, installation, and verification. This course is offered fully online. The online learning model for this course includes live lectures with multiple industry experts, real-life demos recorded at the BCIT High Performance Building lab and self-paced learning activities.

Credits

4.0

Cost

$100.00

Spring/Summer 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2020 term.

CRN 66878

Tue Apr 21 - Sat Jul 25 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 21 - Jun 25 Tue/Thu 11:30 - 13:30 Online
Jun 26 - Jul 25 Online

Instructor

James Bourget

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$100.00

Notes

  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Late registration permitted until May 1st. (1) This course has twenty scheduled instructional sessions that must be attended on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30AM-1:30PM: April 21, 23, 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25. (2) Instructional sessions are delivered through a live interactive web-lecture through online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub) by industry subject matter expert instructors. (3) Students have until July 25, 2020 to complete all graded items online.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

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

Part 1:

  • Compare the BC Energy Step Code, near Net Zero Energy building standard, and the Passive House standard.
  • Describe the 6 principles of high performance buildings and the "envelope-first approach" to near Zero Energy Buildings.
  • Explain fundamentals of building science (heat, air, and moisture transmission) in the context of various near Zero Energy Building assemblies
  • Explain the role of material selection on building durability and performance.

Part 2:

  • Demonstrate an introductory understanding of air flow fundamentals as they relate to building enclosure assemblies.
  • Be aware of the importance of planning and coordination from design through to construction and testing to meet the Part 9 requirements of the BC Energy Step Code.
  • Explain selection considerations for on air barrier material and accessory durability and performance.
  • Compare material properties (membranes, tapes, components, etc.) in the application as an air barrier system.
  • Observe installation of various air barrier solutions to achieve the airtightness (ACH) metrics of the BC Energy Step Code and the Passive House standard.
  • Compare the performance, constructability, and costs of several different air barrier approaches to meet the airtightness (ACH) metrics.

Part 3:

  • Compare material properties (membranes, insulation, tapes, fasteners, etc.) in the application of various near Zero Energy Building assemblies.
  • Observe construction of various enclosure solutions to achieve the airtightness (ACH) metrics and thermal performance (TEDI) metrics of the BC Energy Step Code, near Zero Energy building standard, and the Passive House standard
  • Compare the performance, constructability, and costs of several different approaches to meet the thermal performance (TEDI) and airtightness (ACH) metrics.
  • Be aware of the importance of planning and coordination from design through to construction and testing to meet the Part 9 requirements of the BC Energy Step Code.

Part 4:

  • Explain how an Integrated Design Process can lead to achieving efficient mechanical systems performing as intended.
  • Demonstrate understanding of application of best practices during the design and tender stages of mechanical systems.
  • Learn and apply best practices for equipment selection and sizing of mechanical systems.
  • Explain the value of various high performance heating, ventilation and cooling strategies (passive and active) and interactions between systems in airtight buildings.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with use of standard High Performance Construction checklists in a construction environment.
  • Be aware of the importance of planning and coordination from design through to construction and testing to meet the Part 9 requirements of the BC Energy Step Code.

Effective as of Winter 2020

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