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CESA 1123 - Zero Energy Building Enclosures: Airtightness and Assemblies Lab (for Residential Buildings)

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​This lab course will allow students to practice construction of various air barrier systems and high performance assembly details to meet the requirements of the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code and the Passive House standard. Students have already developed a foundational understanding of air barriers and high performance assemblies through pre-requisite courses. With 16 hours in the BCIT High Performance Lab, students will work through a number of hands-on lab stations to build, test, or evaluate various assemblies using a range of approaches and materials. Lab activities will cover various air and thermal barrier approaches and details for foundations, above and below grade walls, roofs, interfaces, windows, balconies, penetrations, and more. An introduction to working with low-embodied carbon insulation materials will be provided. Builders, tradespeople, insulators, designers, building officials, and energy advisors would benefit from this course.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 89725

Sat Mar 05 - Sun Mar 06 2 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 05 - Mar 06 Sat/Sun 08:30 - 17:00 BBY
Mar 05 - Mar 06 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim



Learning Outcomes

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

  • Compare material properties (membranes, tapes, components, etc.) in the application as an air barrier system.
  • Compare material properties (insulation, fasteners, thermal bridging components, etc.) which are part of the thermal barrier.
  • Identify air barrier approaches and construction details that will help protect the air barrier during construction and over the life of the building.
  • Interpret air barrier and thermal barrier details on drawings.
  • Identify construction details that will help protect the thermal barrier over the life of the building.
  • Identify construction details and materials to mitigate moisture and water risks with various highly insulated assemblies.
  • Develop a construction plan for the sequencing and installation of the air barrier and thermal barrier.
  • Demonstrate the technical skills to execute correct installation of an air barrier for a range of assembly details.
  • Demonstrate the technical skills to execute correct installation of various split-insulated assembly types and complete exterior finishing details.
  • Evaluate air barrier solutions for problematic construction details.
  • Be familiar with thermal bridging properties of materials and their potential role in addressing problematic construction details.

Effective as of Winter 2022


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