Research, Development and Demonstration

Research, Development and Demonstration

Building Science Corporation has conducted extensive research in building science and material science, with particular focus on the flow of air and moisture through wall and roof assemblies. Most of this research is published on our website and is often a result of collaboration with universities, other research firms, materials manufacturers, and the U.S. Department of Energy. BSC conducts research both in the field and in laboratory settings.

The Thermal Metric Project

The Thermal Metric (TM) project was initiated in 2007 to support good design and construction practices by improving the way thermal performance is measured. Ultimately, the project goal is to develop a metric that can capture the in-service thermal performance of whole assemblies. More accurate measurements will allow truly high-performance assemblies (of all types of construction and insulation materials) to be identified and promoted.

The Vancouver Test Hut Project

The Vancouver-area “leaky condo crisis” began to surface in the 1980s. An unusually large number of moisture-related problems, not only in condos but also in most building types, prompted extensive public attention and ultimately many government and industry investigations. The Vancouver Test Hut Project was initiated in 2005 to gain a deeper understanding of how different wall assemblies perform in the coastal BC climate. Results from this project help to explain why the crisis occurred and also suggest best practices for the future.

The Masonry Retrofit Project

Masonry walls are generally highly durable. However, when masonry walls are too wet during freezing spells, freeze-thaw damage can occur. This issue has particular relevance for energy efficiency retrofits: interior insulation makes masonry colder in winter, lowering its ability to dry and increasing the penetration of freezing temperatures.