building science corporation educational seminar

Building Science Fundamentals

21 to 22

Baltimore, MD / Washington, D.C.

Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day 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 over 1500 builders, architects, engineers, building science consultants, building code officials, facility managers, building product manufacturers and government officials.

Hotel details

Chicago, ILHilton Chicago Northbrook2855 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook IL 60062847-480-7500Guest rooms are available at the location of the seminar for the cost of $159.00
Seattle, WADoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport18740 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188206-246-8600Guest rooms are available at the location of the seminar for the cost of $179.00.
Denver, CODenver Marriott Tech Center4900 S. Syracuse Street, Denver, CO 80237303-779-1100 
Baltimore, MD and Washigton, D.C.Holiday Inn Columbia East – Jessup7900 Washington Blvd, Jessup, MD 20794410-799-7500Guest rooms are available at the location of the seminar for the cost of $105.00.


Day 1 



8:00 - 10:00Environmental Separation
 Definition of a Building
 Applicable Physics
 "The Perfect Wall"
 Effect of Climate
10:15-12:00Rain Control
  Rain Screens
  Diagnostic Testing
 Systems and Materials 
 Brick, Stone and Stucco 
1:00-3:15Heat, 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 



 8:00-10:00Pressure 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