Weatherization and Energy Efficient Building
4 HSW Credits/ Sustainable Design hours — Course #AIABLTI306
This four hour online course will help professionals identify important considerations in weatherization and energy efficiency and then apply those principles to a specific project.
Weatherization and Energy Efficient Building
4 HSW Credits –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 will be available to print upon completion of this course. This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education.
Building homes that are well protected from the weather should be a priority for any building professional. The majority of problems stem from improper procedures and workmanship, but often the problem is found in the design of a home. This course will explore factors that contribute to exterior shell failure, and identify practical solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope.
Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment. A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building. This course will help professionals identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.
After completing this course participants will be able to:
- Identify the components of the building as a system, its performance requirements, and how these features must be integrated to prevent building envelope failure.
- Describe how a properly constructed building envelope will keep out weather related moisture and stop uncontrolled movement of energy due to loss of conditioned air.
- Outline at least one design strategy based on “best practices” for the construction of buildings in areas with relatively high humidity.
- Evaluate site and remediation strategies through building orientation, erosion, water management.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand cause and effect of weatherization problems within the construction industry. 2) Understand contractor responsibilities, what to avoid and what to embrace. 3) Recognize the cause of most below-grade moisture issues and the remedies that should be taken.
Why is There a Problem?
- Primary Warranty and Insurance Claims
- Contractor Responsibilities
- Insurance Availability and Affordability
The Building Envelope System
- Building Envelope System
- Performance Objectives
- Physical Components
- Sources of Moisture Intrusion
- Results of Failure
- Thermal and Moisture Protection
- Crawl spaces
- Damp proofing and Waterproofing
- Girders and Beams
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the causes of high humidity in homes and how housewraps and flashings work. 2) Describe some of the steps and terminology for installing flashings and code minimums. 3) Know how to prepare window and door openings for proper installation.
- Wall Framing
- Vapor Diffusion ProblemsRecommendations
- House Wrap and Underlayment
- Window and Door Openings
- Flashing and Caulking
- Moisture Penetration
- Roof Valleys
- Shingles and Shakes
- Roof Sheathing
Window and Door Installation
- Windows, Doors and Skylights
- Proper Flashing
- Door and Window Installation
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the purpose of ventilation and ventilation requirements. 2) Understand how a capillary break works with other components to prevent moisture intrusion. 3) Be aware of consumer remedies and contractor responsibilities.
Ventilation System Installation and Requirements
- Attic Ventilation
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Building Envelope Best Practices
- Moisture Retarding Construction
- Capillary Breaks
- House Wrap Installation
- Window and Door Installation
- Siding Installation
- Roofing Best Practices
- Common Mistakes
- Preventative Measures
- Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Energy Efficient Building
*Learning Objectives: 1) Have an appreciation for energy consumption and healthy, “green” energy. 2) Understand the importance of building placement on the lot, “Brownfield” site clean-up methods and the need for soil erosion control and basic methods. 3) Have an understanding of material properties, recycling and finally, some of the process for LEED certification.
- Implications of green building
- Site remediation strategies
- “Green” power generation
- LEED rating system
Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.