Cracking the Code – Not Just About Energy Efficiency

As building energy codes become more stringent, new building technologies and innovations are being incorporated into the building envelope. As these new technologies get incorporated, construction methods must be adapted to maintain adherence to basic best-practice principles of air-barrier continuity, moisture management and durability. This presentation will describe some of the challenges and choices that arise when increasing the thermal performance of the building envelope.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the recent changes to the energy conservation codes and what is coming in the near future.
  • Understand basic building science principles of air, water, and thermal management as they pertain to the building envelope.
  • Understand practical ways of meeting the new code requirements for increased thermal performance and air tightness.
  • Review how an improved building envelope impacts the other components of a home (ventilation, HVAC, etc).

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