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Building Science Digests

Building Science Digests provide building industry professionals from different disciplinary backgrounds with a concise overview of fundamental building science topics. They were inspired by the Canadian Building Digests produced by the National Research Council of Canada starting in 1960, which in turn drew on a long history of other practice-oriented publications.

BSC Building Science Digests focus on translating theory into practical, usable information. Some address a broad topic such as building enclosure design, while others illustrate the applicability of building science to more specific or specialized issues such as strawbale construction. Building Science Digests are keystone BSC documents, exemplifying the ideas and research approaches that we view as critical to our work
 

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BSD-112: Building Science for Strawbale Buildings

By John Straube
Download.pdf  2.2 MB

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BSD-113: Ground Source Heat Pumps ("Geothermal") for Residential Heating and Cooling: Carbon Emissions and Efficiency

By John Straube
Download.pdf  266.4 KB

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BSD-114: Interior Insulation Retrofits of Load-Bearing Masonry Walls In Cold Climates

By John Straube
Download.pdf  787.2 KB

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BSD-115: Wood Pitched Roof Construction

By John Straube
Download.pdf  810.7 KB

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BSD-119: Summer Condensation Problems in Ice Arenas

By John Straube
Download.pdf  861.3 KB

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BSD-135: Ice Dams

By John Straube
Download.pdf  577.4 KB

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BSD-138: Moisture and Materials

By John Straube
Download.pdf  319.1 KB

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BSD-139: Deep Energy Retrofit of a Sears Roebuck House—A Home for the Next 100 Years

By Betsy Pettit, FAIA
Download.pdf  909.9 KB

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BSD-144: Increasing the Durability of Building Constructions

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  140.2 KB

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BSD-146: EIFS - Problems and Solutions

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  3.4 MB

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BSD-148: Simplified Prediction of Driving Rain on Buildings: ASHRAE 160P and WUFI 4.0

By John Straube
Download.pdf  662.9 KB

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BSD-149: Unvented Roof Assemblies for All Climates

By Christopher Schumacher
Download.pdf  402.2 KB

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BSD-150: Black Stains on Carpets and Ghosting of Framing

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  166.1 KB

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BSD-151: Understanding Primary/Source and Site Energy

By Kohta Ueno/John Straube
Download.pdf  804.0 KB

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BSD-152: Building Energy Performance Metrics

By Kohta Ueno
Download.pdf  2.9 MB

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BSD-163: Controlling Cold-Weather Condensation Using Insulation

By John Straube
Download.pdf  2.6 MB

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BSD-200: Low-Energy Commercial and Institutional Buildings: Top Ten Smart Things to Do for Cold Climates

By John Straube
Download.pdf  619.5 KB

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