Basics of High Performance Building
This course gives students an introduction to the scientific laws and principles that govern the movement of heat, water, and air; it then brings those concepts to bear on the assessment, design and execution strategies of modern high-performance building and renovation practices. Students will take away a basic understanding of the mechanisms of heat, moisture, and air transfer within and through building envelopes, as well as the ability to apply that understanding in the context of daily work with the systems and assemblies that are common to modern high-performance building. The course includes introductory hands-on experience with modern building assessment tools and equipment, as well as pen-in hand experience identifying control layers on architectural drawings.
The Basics of High Performance Building is designed to advance the knowledge and skills of current builders in new and retrofit construction, all with a special focus on high performance construction and building science principles. This course is the foundation course for SEON’s Certified Level I High Performance Builder program, which is a program to educate and mentor the next generation of high performance building professionals. This program offers trainings, mentorship, on-site assistance, and more.
Two sessions: November 1 and November 8, 2023