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CESA 1110 - Zero Energy Building Enclosures: Airtightness (Residential)

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course will develop knowledge of building 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 lecture to refresh understanding of air flow fundamentals as they relate to building enclosure assemblies and the BC Energy Step Code. In a full day students will apply this knowledge by constructing and evaluating various air barrier strategies based on sample projects. The strategies and details constructed aim to facilitate a critical comparison of the performance, constructability, and costs of different approaches to meet the airtightness (ACH) metrics of the BC Energy Step Code or the Passive House standard. Students will compare materials (membranes, insulation, tapes, fasteners, etc.) and their application in an air barrier system. Learning will cover various air barrier details (above and below grade walls, roofs, etc) and detailing solutions for interfaces, windows, and penetrations. Students will also observe a blower door test and practice locating and repairing leaks on interior and exterior air barrier systems.





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 45518

Tue Oct 06 - Tue Oct 13 1 Week

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 06 - Oct 13 Tue 18:00 - 22:00 BBY Online Delivery
Oct 06 - Oct 13 Online Online Delivery


Pierre-Andre Santin

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Tuesday October 6th and Tuesday October 13th (6-10 PM online live-stream lecture/construction demonstrations from the High Performance Building Lab) 24 BC Housing (HPO) CPD Credits
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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.
  • Practice 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.

Effective as of Winter 2020


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