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CESA 1055 - Zero Energy Building Enclosures: Airtightness & Assembly Details (Residential)

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This course will develop knowledge of building assemblies and airtightness to meet the requirements of the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code including the Passive House standard. The course starts with a 2-hour lecture to refresh understanding of building science fundamentals, 6 principles of high performance buildings and the Energy Step Code. Over the course of a day students will apply this knowledge by constructing and evaluating select high performance assemblies based on sample projects. The assemblies selected support a critical comparison of the performance, constructability, and costs of different approaches to meet the thermal performance (TEDI) and airtightness (ACH) metrics of the BC Energy Step Code or the Passive House standard. Learning will cover various assembly approaches (above and below grade walls, roofs, etc) and detailing solutions for interfaces, windows, and penetrations.

Prerequisite(s)

​No specific prerequisites. Students are expected to have some prior knowledge of the BC Energy Step Code and building science.

Credits

1.0

Cost

$365.00

Winter 2020

Below are two offerings of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 87925

Thu Mar 19 - Tue Mar 31 2 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 19 Thu 18:00 - 20:00 Online
Mar 31 Tue 08:00 - 16:30 Other

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$365.00

Notes

  1. This course has two scheduled instructional sessions that must be attended: 1. Thursday March 19 - live web lecture 6-8PM- attended through online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub) 2. Tuesday March 31 in-person lecture/lab 8AM-4:30PM in Powell River at Dwight Hall, 6274 Walnut Street, Powell River, BC V8A 4K5 * Course has quizzes and final exam to be completed in online course portal by April 31, 2020.

CRN 87864

Tue Feb 18 - Fri Mar 27 5 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 18 Tue 19:00 - 21:00 Online PRIVER
Feb 27 Thu 08:00 - 16:30 PRIVER

Instructor

TBD

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim

Cost

$365.00

Notes

  1. This course has two scheduled instructional sessions that must be attended: 1. Tuesday February 18 - live web lecture 7-9PM - attended through online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub) 2. Thursday February 27 in-person lecture/lab 8AM-4:30PM in Powell River at Dwight Hall, 6274 Walnut Street, Powell River, BC V8A 4K5 * Course has quizzes and final exam to be completed in online course portal by March 27, 2020.

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Cancelled

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the BC Energy Step Code and how it relates to near Zero Energy building standard, and the Passive House standard.
  • Apply the 6 principles of high performance buildings and the "envelope-first approach" to design and construction.
  • Explain fundamentals of building science (heat, air, and moisture transmission) in the context of various Zero Energy Building assemblies.
  • Compare material properties (membranes, insulation, tapes, fasteners, etc.) in the application of various Zero Energy Building assemblies.
  • Construct various enclosure solutions to achieve the airtightness (ACH) and thermal performance (TEDI) metrics of the BC Energy Step Code, 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.

Effective as of Winter 2020

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