Lesson series

BC Energy Step Code - Module 5
Air Barriers for the BC Energy Step Code
3 Hours (3 CPD)

This 3-hour online course will go through the following topics and provide insights to the BC residential builders and professionals:

- What is the importance of the building air barrier as a way of significantly improving energy efficiency with minimal construction cost implications?
- Understanding Key Air Barrier Terms
- How Air-tightness Impacts Energy Performance - Best Practice Specifications for Barrier
- Air Barriers in Pathways to High-Performance Housing
- Air-tightness in Principles of High-Performance Buildings
- Introduction of The Airtight Enclosure
- Background
- The four attributes to correctly install building air barrier and breakdown each one of them
- Compare the design and construction sequence considerations of typical interior and exterior air barrier systems, including key details for implementing them successfully.
- How to gauge cost trade-offs of various air barrier approaches and discuss various factors that can affect the cost trade-offs.
- Design
•    Principles of Design, Air Barrier Approaches
•    Material Selection, Detailing
•    Interior Compartmentalization
•    Mechanical Design, Phased Occupancy
- Key Factors that Contribute to the Successful Installation of a Complete Air Barrier System
- How to recognize and deal with the key wood-frame construction practices as something which can affect the creation of a successful air barrier, also discussing coordination and education for all trades interacting with the enclosure.
- Construction
•    Material Installation Considerations
•    Coordination & Sequencing
•    Quality Control Processes / Coordination and Education for all Trades Interacting with the Enclosure
- How to synchronize qualitative and quantitative testing at the appropriate times, then go through how to utilize the results to track quality control of the air barrier.
- Testing
•    Test Timing
•    Qualitative Testing
•    Quantitative Testing

By the end of the in-depth course, learners will have a better understanding of the subjected topic and gain better knowledge

The goal of the presentation is NOT to elaborate on the details but to educate the learners on how to work effectively for the best outcomes.

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