Through this course you will learn how skylights can contribute and provide the benefits of natural ventilation, daylight and energy efficiency to ensure good health and wellbeing in residential applications.

Indoor climate combines all the elements of temperature, humidity, lighting, air quality and ventilation in residential buildings. Most of these elements relate closely to energy balance, health and comfort effects on building occupants.Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause numerous building defects as well as health ailments for building occupants. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion and will discuss how fiber cement panels can be used as a rainscreen to mitigate this moisture. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM and AAMA testing standards that measure their performance. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of skylights in residential designs
  • Understand the strategic placement of roof windows and skylights to optimize natural ventilation and create a healthy indoor climate
  • Identify the thermal comfort parameters that help to evaluate and measure a pleasant environment
  • Identify how skylights can help contribute to an energy efficient home design where a better daylight factor is achieved while reducing the overall fenestration area