Building Science Fundamentals

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Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day, $895.00 seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings.

Dr. Joseph Lstiburek will discuss building science principles (such as the control of heat, air and moisture and IAQ) and show you how to apply them to low-energy enclosure design, advanced HVAC systems, forensic investigations, and the repair and retrofit of existing buildings.

The Fundamentals class has been attended by thousands of builders, architects, engineers, building science consultants, building code officials, facility managers, building product manufacturers and government officials.

The fee includes breakfast and lunch but does not include travel or accommodations.


Day 1  



8:00 - 10:00 Environmental Separation
  Definition of a Building
  Applicable Physics
  "The Perfect Wall"
  Effect of Climate
10:15-12:00 Rain Control
   Rain Screens
   Diagnostic Testing
  Systems and Materials 
  Brick, Stone and Stucco 
1:00-3:15 Heat, Air and Moisture Movement 
  Modeling and Other Lies 
  Myth of Dew Point 
3:30-5:00  Walls, Roofs and Thermal Bridges 
  Critical Elements 
  Vented and Unvented Roofs 
  Low Density vs. High Density Foam 
  Avoiding Stupid Mistakes 
 Day 2  



 8:00-10:00 Pressure and IAQ 
  Buildings as 3-D Airflow Networks 
  Controlling Pressure and Pathways 
  Pollutant Sources 
  Stack Effect and Compartmentalization 
10:15-12:00  HVAC 
  Ventilation Rates 
  Part Load and Humidity Control 
  Central Systems vs. Distributed Systems 
  Diagnostic Testing 
1:00-3:00  Retrofits and Mass Buildings 
  Interior vs. Exterior Approaches 
  Deep Energy Retrofits 
  Freeze Thaw 
  Foundation Approaches 
3:15-4:00  Slabs and Flooring 
  Wood and Tile Systems 
  Negative Side Vapor Control 
  Vinyl Composition Flooring