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ASHRAE: Terminology For Built Environment & HVAC
ASHRAE Terminology is a comprehensive online glossary of more than 3,700 terms related to the built environment, with a focus on HVAC&R as well as envelope, electrical, lighting, water and energy use, and measurement terms.

Building America: Overview Of Systems Engineering & Builder Benefits
Building America explains benefits of systems engineering, where teams produce houses incorporating energy and material saving plans, from the start of the building process. (PDF)

Building Science: Dr. Joe's History Of His Building Science Mentors
Dr. Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation provides some history of his mentors and learning opportunities during his early years in the Canadian building industry.

Building Science: Glossary Of Terms For Building Science
Building Science Consulting supplies an alphabetical glossary of common building science terms with brief descriptions, examples, and related information. (PDF)

Building Science: Great Moments In Building Science
Building Science says we often learn more from failure than we learn from success. We don't always know why something works when it works. Maybe we got lucky. Maybe we don't understand what is really going on? With a failure, if we examine it carefully, we can learn and hopefully avoid the failure the next time.

Building Science: Terms & Definitions For Building Science & Technology
Building Science Insight by Dr. Joseph Lstiburek describes each building science and technology term along with its performance metric. (PDF)

Building Science: Thermodynamics Is Not Rocket Science
Building Science describes, in simple terms, the laws of thermodynamics including heat goes from warm to cold, moisture goes from warm to cold, moisture goes from more to less, air goes from a higher pressure to a lower pressure, and gravity acts down.

Energy Star: Introduction To Building Science
Energy Star online Introduction to Building Science describes how many aspects of building design, construction, and operation can affect the health and comfort of the people in the building. It focuses on the three particular areas of air flow, heat flow, and moisture flow. For each of these issues it explores causes, control measures, and effects on both buildings and occupants. (PDF)

Energy Vanguard: Building Science Climate Zones
Energy Vanguard provides information on climate zone definitions and their applications.

Energy Vanguard: Building Science Word Of The Day: Interstitial
Energy Vanguard says when you hear the word interstitial, think air leakage. Think duct leakage. Think pressure differences, which drive air movement.

Energy Vanguard: Interview With Terry Brennan
Energy Vanguard interviewed Terry Brennan, a building science pioneer who, armed with a physics degree, the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, and a desire to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, built houses and wrote energy modeling computer programs back in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Fine Homebuilding: Building Science For The Rest Of Us
Fine Homebuilding describes seven basic principles to make homes safe, durable, and energy efficient.

FSEC: Building Science Basics
Florida Solar Energy Center describes building science basics including introduction, pressures, humidity, mold growth, and windows.

HPBE: A House Is A System
High Performance Building Exchange online video discusses the need to correctly integrate systems in a cost effective way when developing a high performance home.

Insulation Institute: Online Building Science 101 Guide
Insulation Institute online Building Science 101 is a guide to understanding a systems approach to building better homes and giving customers what they want. (PDF)

IRC: Heat, Air & Moisture Interactions
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction provides this building science article which explains in detail how heat, air and moisture interact with each other. (WORD)

IRC: Purchasable Canadian Manual On Building Science For Cold Climate
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction book explains how principles of physical science apply to building houses in Canada, and how building approaches and materials affect performance of buildings and their parts. $55 CDN 1983

NRCan: How Your House Works
Natural Resources Canada online Keeping The Heat In guide describes basics of house performance, control of heat flow, control of airflow, control of moisture, and older homes.
Education & Training

BCBEC: List Of Building Science Education In BC
BC Building Envelope Council lists various courses and resources for building science education.

BCIT: Building Science Course
BC Institute Of Technology course for Architectural Technology students, covers physical relationships between buildings and their interior and exterior environments, and relates these concepts to building envelope performance of low-rise wood frame multi-unit residential buildings.

BCIT: Masters Degrees In Building Science
BC Institute of Technology offers masters degrees in Building Science, including a Master of Engineering and a Master of Applied Science in Building Science.

Blue House Energy: Online Canadian Certification Courses On Building Science & Energy Efficiency
Blue House Energy provides online building science and energy efficiency certification courses for trades, contractors and energy efficiency professionals.

Blue House Energy: Online Course On Building Science Basics
Blue House Energy online Building Science Basics is a self-directed online program designed for tradespeople, contractors, and builders who want to improve their knowledge of building science and energy efficiency.

BPI: Building Science Principles Certificate
Building Performance Institute now offers an online exam, and a companion Reference Guide, to earn a Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge. This is a method of verifying basic building science knowledge in the home performance and energy efficiency retrofit fields.

BSCI: Events Listing For Learning About Building Science
Building Science Consulting Inc. lists their Learning About Building Science (LAB) Events. These are monthly training and networking opportunities that are interactive, hands-on, casual events for architects, engineers, and anyone interested in building science.

Building Science Seminars: Annual Expert Session
At Building Science Expert Session, usually held in November, Dr. Joseph Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube host a special 2-day seminar on advanced building science topics to provide thought provoking professional development for experienced building industry professionals.

Building Science Seminars: Workshops On Building Science
Building Science Corporation conducts building science and technology workshops tailored toward building professionals.

EEBA: Seminars On Houses That Work
Energy and Environmental Building Association building science courses cover building performance, efficiency, durability, safety and health, and green building.

II: Building Science For High Performance Homes, Whose Job Is It?
Insulation Institute says there is no single, universally right answer for who is responsible for building science on any given job. However, saying "no one" or "I am not sure" are universally wrong answers. For a house to be a high performance home, every project needs a party that is clearly responsible for providing a holistic building science perspective.

NRCERT: The House Of Presssure
New River Center for Energy Research and Training uses The House Of Pressure in training, that has an operable forced air duct system, a dryer, bathroom fan, and fireplace, as well as smoke generators for the fireplace, water heater, and car exhaust.

NTER: Online Courses In Building Science & Weatherization
National Training and Education Resource provides online learning courses in building science, energy efficient building, weatherization, and others.

PNNL: Guidelines For Building Science Education
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory online Guidelines for Building Science Education are for training organizations, universities and certification bodies that would like to self-certify that their programs include the most important aspects of building science in their curriculum. Core building science competencies that are integral to the guidelines include: integration of the whole building system; building science principles related to enclosure, operations and maintenance; and building testing and certification. (PDF)

Ryerson Univ: Undergraduate Courses In Building Science
Ryerson University of Ontario offers a number of undergraduate courses on a wide range of building science topics.

SBSE: Society Of Building Science Educators
Society of Building Science Educators is an association of university educators and practitioners in architecture and related disciplines who support excellence in the teaching of environmental science and building technologies.

Toronto Univ: Building Science Certificate Program
University of Toronto offers the Building Science Certificate Program that provides educational background and key competencies required to effectively design, repair and maintain buildings.

US DOE: Building America Building Science Education Roadmap
US Department of Energy online Building America Building Science Education Roadmap charts a path for training skilled professionals who apply proven innovations and recognize the value of high performance homes. (PDF)

US DOE: Building Science Education Solution Center
Building Science Education Solution Center (currently in beta stage of development) provides professors, trainers and students with accurate, easy-to-access building science training materials for a full range of building-related professions.

US DOE: Resource Site On Building Science Education
US Department of Energy provides information and resources on building science education.
Industry Information

ACI: Annual ACI National Home Performance Conference
Affordable Comfort presents it's annual ACI National Home Performance Conference creating a forum where forward-thinking people can meet to get a wealth of unbiased building science know-how and all the latest product information. Connect with influencers in the home performance and weatherization industry. Share in their knowledge. Learn new ideas. Exchange best practices. Discover new products, technologies and solutions. Forge new alliances. It will be held in Nashville, Tennessee March 19-22, 2017.

EEBA: Excellence In Building Conference & Expo
Energy and Environmental Building Association annual Excellence in Building Conference & Expo brings together builders, remodelers, developers, architects, designers and manufacturers to learn the science behind green and sustainable building practices, to understand new regulations and legislative measures, and to capitalize on increasing opportunities.

IRC: Upcoming Building Industry Technology Events
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction lists upcoming events relating to building codes, building technology, products, building performance, building science, and more.
Industry Sectors

BCIT: Building Science Centre Of Excellence
BC Institute of Technology Building Science Centre of Excellence has research capacity in Building Science & Building Engineering for the benefit of students and local industry.

BSC: Joe Lstiburek & John Straube Consulting
Building Science Consulting has offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Waterloo, Ontario. They specialize in building technology consulting with a focus on preventing and resolving problems related to building design, construction and operation. They have expertise in moisture dynamics, indoor air quality, and forensic (building failure) investigations.

RDH: BC Consultants On Building Science
RDH Group provides consulting services on building science, construction management, and architectural services.

Waterloo Univ: Building Engineering Research Group
University Of Waterloo Building Engineering Group is a multi-disciplinary research group that undertakes research, development, and demonstration of building science for the building industry.
Information Sources

BPI & ICC: Purchasable Building Science Principles Reference Guide
Building Performance Institute & International Code Council developed the Building Science Principles Reference Guide. It addresses how the systems of a home interact with each other and the fundamental scientific principles of heat, moisture and air movement to impact the home's overall performance. $120 USD

BSC: Archive Of Free Newsletters On Building Science Resources & Events
Building Science Corporation provides archives of their discontinued free e-mail newsletter which had the latest information and resources from Dr. Joe Lstiburek, Dr. John Straube, and their building science team.

Building America Solution Center: Resource Site On Building Science
Building America Solution Center is an online resource providing easy access to expert building science information based on decades of Building America research.

Building America: Library Of Building Science Research
US Department of Energy online Building Science Publications tool helps connect you to the Building America Library of building science research. It analyzes publications in the Building America Library to help users to: Look for articles based on topics, authors and other features; See how their chosen topic is included in articles on related subjects; See the proportion of total documents their chosen topic takes up in the library; See how Building America documents cover selected topics over time; Access documents of interest.

Building Science Seminars: Online Presentations On Building Science Topics
Building Science Seminars allows online viewing of many slide shows and presentations including fundamentals, environmental separation, rain control, air flow, pressures & IAQ, heat air & moisture, walls, insulation & thermal bridges, cathedrals & conditioned attics, foundations & basements, HVAC, crawlspaces slabs & flooring, windows & curtainwalls, retrofit & rehabilitation, green buildings & sustainability, and much more.

Building Science: Online Digests Covering Building Science Topics
Building Science, from Dr. Joe Lstiburek & Dr. John Straube, offers online digests that are papers on specific building science topics written for a broad range of users. Expert advice is given with a focus on establishing an understanding of the theory and translating this theory to practical information.

Building Science: Purchasable Books On Building Science
Building Science Bookstore provides books on building science, including builders guides, controlling moisture, building enclosures, psychrometrics, and ventilation.

Building Science: Research Reports On Building Science & Technologies
Building Science site of Dr. Joe Lstiburek & Dr. John Straube offer free access to their building science & technology research reports that have highly technical and specific information written for researchers but accessible to professionals.

Code College: Online Videos On Building Science
Code College, a Louisiana resource site, has free online videos on House As A System, foundations, framing & roof, mechanical, insulation, plumbing & electrical, tips, and more.

Construction Instruction: Resource Site On Building Science & Technology
Construction Instruction is an industry resource site with information on building science and technology that offers best practices, videos, animated details, articles and more.

EEBA: Books & Resources On Building Science & Technology
Energy and Environmental Building Association sells books and training resources on building science, energy, green building, building components, HVAC, Builders Guides, and more.

Energy Vanguard: 12 Resources For Learning & Teaching Building Science
Energy Vanguard describes 12 of the top online building science training and information resources available.

Energy Vanguard: Blog On Building Science & Energy Efficiency
The author of the Energy Vanguard blog, Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant and trainer. He performs heat loss calculations, provides HERS rating services, and provides rater training and Energy Star training, among other services. His blog covers a wide range of building science topics relating to energy efficiency and green building.

ICC: Tech Notes on Building Performance Issues
International Code Council and US NAHB online Tech Notes series is designed to assist builders in understanding and applying latest US code requirements as well as implementing best practices in order to avoid building performance issues related to interior humidity levels, condensation in wall and roof assemblies, and interior air quality.

IRC: Canadian Technical Reports On Systems Approach To Housing
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction offers online publications from their Building Science Insight seminar on Improving Performance of Single & Multi-Family Houses Through a Systems Approach. Topics covered include building envelopes for arctic regions, basement systems, sound insulation, fire stops & fire blocks, infiltration, ventilation & IAQ, glazing, and more.

JLC: Archives Of Past Articles From 1986 To Present
Journal of Light Construction, one of the most respected technical publications in our industry, provides archives of their magazine containing every article from 1986 to present.

JLC: Discussion Forums On Building Science
Journal of Light Construction Building Science Forums discuss a wide range of topics including building and material performance, moisture, ventilation, wood technology, and much more.

LaLiberte Online: Purchasable DVD On Building Better Homes
LaLiberte Online sells Building Better Homes DVD which is a industry educational program outlining the Whole-House Systems Approach to building higher performing homes. $60 USD

Morrison Hershfield: Technical Reports On Building Science & Technology
Morrison Hershfield offers access to their technical reports and papers on a wide range of building science and building envelope topics.

NRC: Search For Industry Experts On Building Technology
National Research Council Expertise database contains more than 1700 people that have scientific, technical and professional expertise. It is searchable by subject, name, institute, location, and more.

PBC: Online Videos On Passive House Technology
Passive Buildings Canada online videos cover various topics of building science and passive house technology.

RDH Building Science: Free Blog On Building Science
RDH Building Science publishes a free blog, The Wall, covering various topics on building science and sustainability.

US DOE: Online Videos On Building Science Technology
US Department of Energy online Building America Solution Center provides free access to a wide range of online videos on building science and technology

Waterloo Univ: Resource Site On Building Science & Performance
University of Waterloo Building Engineering Group provides building science and performance information including building enclosure, air leakage, moisture & humidity, rain penetration, green buildings, and building science & architecture.
Procedures

AbeBooks: Purchasable Technical Guide For Renovators
AbeBooks.com sells CMHC Renovator's Technical Guide using the House-As-A-System concept considers how all systems in a house interact and how changes made to one system can impact on the performance of one or more of the other systems in the house. $32 CDN

BC BEC: Energy Efficiency & Future Of Building Science In BC Buildings
BC Building Envelope Council online slide show presentation by Dr. John Straube presents issues and ideas around the future of building science as it relates to energy efficiency and buildings in British Columbia. (PDF)

Building Science: Designs That Work By Climate Region
Building Science offers house construction energy efficient design recommendations by climate region, hygro-thermal regions map, climate-specific building science and energy analysis for each house design, and house plan details based on different climate regions.

Building Science: Five Things That Have Changed In Buildings
Building Science describes five fundamental changes to building construction that have occurred in the last 50 years that happened so gradually, so insidiously that we missed their enormous significance.

Building Science: Foam Shrinks, And Other Lessons
Building Science article in Fine Homebuilding describes what was learned from updating a 16-year-old deep-energy retrofit.

Building Science: Heat, Air, Moisture
Building Science online slide show presentation describes the physics of heat, air, and moisture. (PDF)

Building Science: Residential Best Practices Criteria
Building Science lists some basic characteristics that should be met in all high performance homes for energy performance, durability, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality.

Building Science: Role Of Building Science In Past & Future Low Energy Buildings
Building Science online slide show presentation discusses the role of building science in past and future low energy buildings. (PDF)

Building Science: Top 10 Dumb Things To Do In Building Science
Building Science online slide show describes 10 dumb things to do, including ducts in vented attics, ducts in vented crawlspaces, vented crawlspaces, atmospherically vented gas DHW, building cavities as returns, face sealed windows, basement diapers, manufactured stone veneer without a gap, plastic vapor barriers, and vinyl wall coverings. (PDF)

CHBA: Purchasable Builders Manual On Home Building Technology
Canadian Home Builders Association manual covers principles and techniques, with drawings, for building science, building envelope, and mechanical systems. $65 CDN

Ecohome: Designing Homes for Thermal Comfort
Ecohome says factors far beyond just air temperature affect how comfortable a home is, and if you design for comfort you will end up with a more durable and efficient home.

Energy Vanguard: 11 Building Science Secrets For Home Builders & Remodelers
Energy Vanguard provides 11 building science tips for builders and remodelers that may not be getting the message, since plenty of houses are being built with problems that shouldn't be that hard or expensive to fix, and some of the fixes even save money.

Energy Vanguard: 8 Building Science Horrors To Scare You
Energy Vanguard describes 8 things related to energy, HVAC, or building science that should scare the heck out of you...or at least irritate you once you understand them.

Energy Vanguard: Experts Discuss Hygrothermal Analysis
Energy Vanguard summarizes comments from the recent Building Science Corporation annual Experts Session on hygrothermal modeling.

For Residential Pros: Home Performance Testing Drives Leads
For Residential Pros article by energy performance expert Michael Lotesto describes his plan to build an $8 million contracting business with little or no advertising budget, by focusing on home performance testing.

GBA: Pearls of Wisdom From Recent Conferences
Green Building Advisor summarizes some key quotes from presenters at Better Buildings By Design, Building Energy, and Greenprints conferences.

Home Builder: Building Science Highlights From 2014 Ontario Spring Training Camp
Jon Eakes reports on the Ontario Spring Training Camp 2014, looking at some key parts of building science that work in the field.

Home Energy: Energy Efficient Remodeling & The House As A System
Home Energy magazine article describes, with drawings, considerations of the house as a system and the steps to take when remodeling a home for better comfort, health, and energy efficiency. 1995

IRC: New Hygrothermal Model For Heat Air & Moisture Transport
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction paper presents a new hygrothermal model (HAMFit) for simulating the transport of heat, air and moisture across building envelopes. (PDF)

NREL: Resource Site On Field Test Best Practices
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory resource site Field Test Best Practices is a dynamic tool for collecting, documenting, and sharing best practices for field experiments and long-term monitoring of residential building systems.

Quirouette: Heat, Air & Moisture (H.A.M.) Toolbox
Canadian Rick Quirouette created the Heat, Air and Moisture (H.A.M.) Toolbox computer program to simplify the application of building science principles to the design of any building envelope cladding and exterior wall system.

US DOE: Online Handbook For New Homes In Marine Climate
US Department Of Energy guide provides tips for builders and buyers for increasing efficiency, comfort, and durability of homes in the marine climate zone. The handbook has chapters for supervisors, architects, designers, site developers, marketers, managers, and homeowners. (PDF)
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