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CESA 1120 - Zero Energy Buildings: Assembly Details (for Residential Buildings)

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 enclosures 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 building science as it relates to building enclosure solutions and the BC Energy Step Code. In a full day students will apply this knowledge by constructing and evaluating various wall assembly solutions 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 thermal energy demand (TEDI) metrics of the BC Energy Step Code or the Passive House standard. Students will compare materials (membranes, insulation, tapes, flashing, fasteners, etc.) in the context of the building assemblies. Learning will cover various assembly details (above and below grade walls, roofs, etc) and detailing solutions for interfaces, windows, and penetrations.





Fall 2020

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

CRN 45519

Tue Oct 20 - Tue Oct 27 1 Week

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 20 - Oct 27 Tue 18:00 - 22:00 BBY Online Delivery
Oct 20 - Oct 27 Online Online Delivery


Pierre-Andre Santin

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Tuesday October 20 and Tuesday October 27 (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:

  • Explain fundamentals of building science (heat, air, and moisture transmission) in the context of various near Zero Energy Building assemblies.
  • Compare material properties (membranes, insulation, tapes, fasteners, etc.) in the application of various near Zero Energy Building assemblies.
  • Practice construction of various enclosure solutions to achieve the airtightness (ACH) metrics and thermal performance (TEDI) metrics of the BC Energy Step Code 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.
  • 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.

Effective as of Winter 2020


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