This course helps the students advance their construction knowledge and skills with respect to building envelope design, construction and performance verification. The course focuses on specific strategies to ensure airtightness of final assembly with an emphasis on detailed solutions for managing critical control barriers in various assemblies with a focus on residential buildings (Part 9 Buildings). Students will develop their knowledge of airtightness practices to meet the BC Energy Step Code.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the fundamentals of air flow fundamentals as they relate to building enclosure assemblies
Identify air barrier system elements on a building cut-section
Compare common air barrier strategies in terms of performance and constructability
Recall the four major principles of an effective air barrier.
Practice installation of an air barrier system
Install 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.
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
Identify the airtightness requirements for part 9 buildings per the BC Energy Step Co
Observe a qualitative air leakage test.
Effective as of Winter 2018
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