NESEA 2022: Care & Feeding of Brick

External Event Date
Boston, MA

Solid mass masonry buildings are a significant fraction of the existing building stock, and many contribute to the historic fabric of neighborhoods. However, with wall R-values of R-3 to R-5, they do not meet modern standards for energy efficiency and comfort. Insulating these buildings successfully—without causing long-term damage—is a vital part of the ‘toolkit’ for meeting energy and climate goals. This session will cover potential pitfalls and risks of interior insulation, including interstitial condensation, freeze-thaw damage, decay of embedded wood members, and surface water concentrations. We will then cover assemblies and details that work to control these risks. Session Speaker(s): Kohta Ueno Session Chair(s): Christopher Nielson Event Time: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Room / Location:Harbor 1-2 CEU Information: Attendance for each full conference day offers 4.5 credit hours for both RESNET and MA CSL licensure. CEU Credits: AIA: 1 LU|HSWBPI: 1 HourGBCI: 1 Hour (BD+C, ID+C, WELL)NARI: 1 HourPHIUS: 1 Hour Learning Objectives:Explain freeze-thaw and condensation risks associated with interior insulation of mass masonry buildingsDiscuss potential decay risks in embedded wood membersAppraise various interior retrofit insulation assemblies for potential moisture risksInterpret the use of material property testing and hygrothermal simulations to judge freeze-thaw risks