Building Science and the Whole House
High performance and green building emphasize a whole-house approach to build homes that are more environmentally sustainable and energy efficient. A whole-house approach applies a perspective that goes beyond seeing a home as just a summation of its individual parts. It explains the interaction of all parts of a home, its systems and equipment, its occupants and the structure itself. Building science has a key role because it explains the interactions and drives the health, comfort, sustainability and efficiency of the structure. Lack of knowledge or attention to detail could yield unintended consequences in a home’s operation, indoor environment or durability. This module explores key building science principles: heat transfer, moisture movement, air pressure and climate zone considerations.
By completing this module, you will be able to:
- Define the key building science principles.
- Explain how building science principles impact structures differently in various climate zones.
- Describe the whole-house approach, its foundational concepts and integrated perspective for building design and construction.
- Explain the differences between traditional building assemblies and more recent “whole-house” assemblies and their impact on building performance.
This module is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education and qualifies for 1 LU/HSW Hour.
NAHB Continuing Education: 1 hour toward CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP, and MIRM.
NAHB Designations: CGA, CGB, CGP, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP
The National Association of Home Builders is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request
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