Building Science and the Building Envelope

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Building Science and the Building Envelope
The building envelope plays a large part in the amount of energy our homes use. This course introduces you to construction terminology, takes you through a quick history of home construction and home energy use and dives into the details of building envelope energy flows. You will learn about heating and cooling load calculations, degree days, R-Values, U-Values, K-Values, heat loss, and heat gain. We complete the envelope discussion by discussing climate zones and climate zone impacts on construction decisions.
Module 1 Building Science and the Building Envelope Course Materials
This module contains the materials for this course. The course also has reading assignments from the book, "Residential Energy" by Krigger and Dorsi.
Unit 1 Building Science and the Building Envelope - Course Materials
Module 2 Building Envelope Terminology and History
Construction Terminology is tricky. The same term means different things to different builders and contractors across the County. This module walks through the terminology of the elements of the building envelope and shares how construction and terms have changed through history.
Unit 1 The Building Shell Terminology and History
Unit 2 Building Envelope Terminology and History Quiz
Module 3 Envelope Loads
The heat that moves through the building envelope creates a load for the heating and/or cooling system that must replace or remove that heat. This module covers heating and cooling load terminology and equations.
Unit 1 The Building Shell Heating Load and Cooling Load
Unit 2 Building Envelope Heating Load and Cooling Load Quiz
Unit 3 The Building Shell Heat Loss and Heat Gain
Unit 4 The Building Shell Assembly Calculations
Unit 5 Building Envelope Heat Loss and Heat Gain Quiz
Module 4 Construction Impact: Climate Zones
Climate zones are described by the number of heating and cooling degree days and the amount of rainfall for the region. These items also inform and impact construction decisions. This module describes climate zones and provides examples of decisions that would change based on where the house is built.
Unit 1 Climate Zone Impacts on Construction Decisions
Unit 2 Climate Zone Quiz
Unit 3 Your Climate Zone
Module 5 Building Science and the Building Envelope Final Exam
This module has the final test for this course.
Unit 1 Final Exam: Building Science and the Building Envelope

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