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This course introduces the fundamental principles of building science while helping students advance their construction knowledge and skills with respect to building envelope design, construction and performance verification for airtightness and advanced thermal performance of residential buildings (Part 9 Buildings). Building science demonstrations including heat transfer, vapour diffusion, air flow, and moisture management will be employed to better understand the effect of thermal loads on the building enclosure performance. Student hands-on work will focus on specific strategies to ensure airtightness of final assembly with an emphasis on detailed solutions for managing critical control barriers in various assemblies. The course will present building enclosure assemblies, construction methods, and solutions for managing control barriers with a focus on improved thermal performance of residential buildings (Part 9 Buildings). Students will develop their knowledge of building science, airtightness strategies, and assembly details to meet the BC Energy Step Code.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Develop an understanding of the BC Energy Step Code
Recall the energy and airtightness requirements for part 9 buildings per the BC Energy Step Code
Recognize how local climate affects performance metrics
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 of a building enclosure assembly at details and interfaces on line drawings
Discuss building science principles seen in simple experiments/demonstrations
Practice installation of an air barrier system
Install elements of an air barrier system installation under supervision of the instructor
Discuss typical challenges encountered during installation of an air barrier system
Adapt to penetrations made through a completed air barrier assembly
Practice detail installation of interfaces and assemblies using an interior and an exterior insulated approach
Discuss typical installation challenges and sequencing issues
Effective as of Winter 2019
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