This course explores a selection of specific materials and systems that can help architects create buildings designed to do a better job contributing to occupant health and comfort through improved indoor air quality, improved daylight harvesting, increased relative available space within a structure, and through meeting code-mandated thermal requirements.
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Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures using traditional light wood-frame construction.
IDCEC Course No. CEU-109303 Your IDCEC member credits will be reported for you.
This course is a recording of a presentation from GreenBuild 2018. According to experts, carbon emissions from the built environment need to peak within the next 15 years for Earth to have a chance of staying below the global warming tipping point. Within that same time period, 900 billion square feet of new buildings/major renovations will be constructed globally. The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Green House Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building's carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2050, half of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon. To address this, manufacturers must reduce the carbon footprint of building products. This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making carbon-storing products the rule, rather than the exception. This course presents experts in climate-friendly design, product manufacturing and specification writing who will empower students to ensure their daily work contributes to creating a climate fit for life.
This course investigates the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance. It explores next generation integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. Installation benefits and on-site quality control issues related to multi-solution integrated systems will also be evaluated.
This one-hour course discusses the benefits of commercial building design with structural insulated panels (SIPs), including energy savings, waste minimization and other sustainable contributions. The designer will gain a better understanding of how to properly utilize SIPs
This course will equip participants to compare features, benefits and limitations of particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF) with considerations of product grades and their physical properties for proper end-use selection.