During the past 20 years, the building sector has seen a significant shift around the use of continuous insulation (CI). Evolving from what was once perceived as an advanced greenbuilding, high-efficiency option, CI is now a standard method and materials practice across most climatic regions. This course will discuss what continuous insulation is, the driver behind its rise, performance benefits, codes and standards, and current material solutions.
- Identify continuous insulation and anticipated optimized building performance resulting from its integration.
- Recognize codes and standards such as International Building Code (IBC), International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1 requiring CI and prescriptive R-values.
- Identify NFPA 285 requirements associated with selected CI, cladding and wall assemblies.
- Select commonly used continuous insulation products based on material properties such as thermal performance, fire resistance, UV resistance and moisture resistance.