Building Science Fundamentals - June 13-14, 2012

Seminar Description

Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings.

Dr. Joseph Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube will discuss building science principles (such as the control of heat, air and moisture and IAQ) and show you how to apply them to low-energy enclosure design, advanced HVAC systems, forensic investigations, and the repair and retrofit of existing buildings.

The Fundamentals class has been attended by over 1500 builders, architects, engineers, building science consultants, building code officials, facility managers, building product manufacturers and government officials.

Please note the June 13-14 Seminar is being held at the Seattle Airport Marriott in Seattle, WA.


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Dates, Locations and Online Registration

Click here to register - June 13-14   Seattle, WA


The registration fee for this seminar is $795USD.
The fee includes lunch but does not include travel or accommodations.


Day 1
Schedule Session
8:00 - 9:00 Historical Perspective

The evolution of building systems, enclosures, assemblies and materials
The role of disaster and failure in the evolution of building design
Why codes and regulations are reactive, not proactive

10:15 - 11:15 Rain Control

Understanding rain as a design load
Rain control strategies
The consequences of failure ? control problems with brick, stucco, EIFS, manufactured stone veneer and curtain walls

1:15 - 2:15 Pressures and IAQ

Air quality problems in terms of people, pollutants, paths and pressure
Pollutant sources due to material breakdown caused by heat, moisture, and UV light
Diagnostic procedures for IAQ problems

3:30 - 4:30 Walls

Selecting appropriate enclosure wall systems for different climates and occupancies
Identifying critical elements
Avoiding stupid mistakes

Evening Session—Building Science Clinic
Day 2
Schedule Session
8:00 - 9:00 Roofs

How to select appropriate roof systems for different climates and occupancies
How to identify critical elements
Learning from past successes and failures

10:15 - 11:00 HVAC

Understanding the primary function of HVAC
The effect of climate on HVAC design and operation
Understanding and managing the conflict between green architecture, IAQ and energy efficiency

2:00 - 3:00 Repair and Retrofit

Insulating mass buildings and freeze-thaw damage
Foundation retrofits
Interior and exterior enclosure repair approaches


Reading Material

The reading material for the course is listed below. You are welcome to view or print all of them if you choose. You can find them by following the links below to our Building Science Information website.

Reading Material
Historical Perspective
BSD-007: Historical Development of the Building html pdf (0.5 MB)
BSI-039: Five Things html pdf (0.3 MB)
Rain Control
BSD-013: Rain Control in Buildings html pdf (0.5 MB)
BSD-105: Understanding Drainage Planes html pdf (1.8 MB)
BSD-111: Flood and Hurricane Resistant Buildings html pdf (2.8 MB)
Pressures and IAQ
BSD-109: Pressures in Buildings html pdf (3.7 MB)
BSI-002: The Hollow Building html pdf (1.9 MB)
BSD-106: Understanding Vapor Barriers html pdf (3.7 MB)
BSD-146: EIFS - Problems and Solutions html pdf (3.4 MB)
BSI-001: The Perfect Wall html pdf (1.3 MB)
BSD-102: Understanding Attic Ventilation html pdf (3.4 MB)
BSD-115: Wood Pitched Roof Construction html pdf (0.8 MB)
BSD-135: Ice Dams html pdf (0.6 MB)
BSD-107: Understanding Ventilation in Hot Humid html pdf (0.8 MB)
BSD-110: HVAC in Multifamily Buildings html pdf (0.7 MB)
Repair and Retrofit
BSD-108: Investigating and Diagnosing Moisture Problems html pdf (1.4 MB)
BSD-114: Interior Insulation Retrofits for Load-bearing Masonry Walls in Cold Climates html pdf (0.8 MB)

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits for this course are pending.