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CESA 1110 - ZEB Enclosures: Airtightness (for Residential Buildings)

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

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.

Credits

1.0

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Learning Outcomes

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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