Building science is an integral part of what builders use today as tools to achieve a better performance building. To achieve a better performance building, builders understand the value of building science and understand that building science will help them achieve building code targets.
Air sealing is now an important part of achieving energy efficiency, and choosing the right insulation is key to achieving air tightness and performance. To reduce air infiltration and achieve an energy-efficient building, the gaps in the building’s thermal enclosure must be sealed properly.
In today’s residential marketplace, air sealing has become a fundamental part of the home building equation, so knowing where and how to air seal will save you money, time and resources on a job. Recent data from a comprehensive industry study has yielded new insights into the role of air sealing in high performance building that can equate to savings for builders and homeowners.
This course looks at how to assess post-occupancy evaluation of buildings as it affects building performance. How can we verify green building claims? The course discusses the metrics and tools used in post-occupancy evaluations of thermal comfort, and air, acoustic, and visual quality. Use of the National Environmental Assessment Toolkit is proposed as an aid in helping to link building systems to environmental quality and in understanding what should be measured, how it should be measured, and how often it should be measured.
This course looks at key strategies to achieve energy efficiency in high-rise residential buildings. The course covers building integration issues; ventilation system approaches; how tools like Pharos can help make material selections to reduce environmental impacts and improve indoor air quality; and trends in high-performance, high-rise residential building design.
When you ask architects today about some of their biggest challenges; and building enclosure design is usually at, or towards the top of the list. New and more stringent codes are requiring designers to have a deeper understanding of enclosure systems. High performance building designs are becoming essential to meet new code requirements, as well as the expectations of funding entities, owners, and developers. State-of-the-art building designs require high performance building materials and building enclosure systems. High performance materials must be efficient and versatile in use and in operation, as well as durable, resilient, and capable of protecting buildings and building occupants from weather extremes, natural and man-made hazards, and environmental concerns.
Archeological research reveals that insulating our homes using natural, renewable materials like fiber, wool, straw and cork, is actually as old as human history. And with good reason. Insulation is perhaps the most cost effective, straightforward path to peak functionality in the design and construction of buildings. And while many petroleum and chemical-based insulation strategies have risen up over the decades, we may be circling back around in a post-petroleum world to prefer insulation made from renewable, recycled and recyclable materials. This course describes the specification and use of these insulation materials.
Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation: A Preferred Air Barrier System in Building Envelopes
Expectations for better building performance underscore the importance of air barriers for commercial-building envelopes and code compliance. Use of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) as a key material in air barrier assemblies can help architects, engineers, contractors and owners/developers meet air barrier requirements more easily. CcSPF provides excellent performance characteristics and construction advantages.
Environmental Benefits of Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Preferred Insulation for High-Performance and Green Building Design
A focus on green building standards and more stringent code requirements have led to the adoption of best practices in construction materials and methods. Among those is the use of more efficient insulation systems, air barriers and seamless monolithic roofing systems. Use of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) can help meet the stringent requirements of modern, sustainable building design. ccSPF provides excellent performance and environmental benefits. Read more today.
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