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Building Science Insights

Building Science Insights are short, informal discussions that highlight one or more building science principles. Like all BSC publications, they are grounded by solid research and experience. Unlike most BSC publications, however, they may also feature anecdotes, opinions, and even a joke or two (or three…).

Lively and engaging, Insights provide a fresh perspective on important industry issues. Enjoy them with your morning coffee or any time you need to wake up your building science brain.
 

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BSI-001: The Perfect Wall

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-002: The Hollow Building

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-003: Concrete Floor Problems

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-004: Drainage, Holes and Moderation

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  2.8 MB

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BSI-005: A Bridge Too Far

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.2 MB

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BSI-006: Can Highly Glazed Building Façades Be Green?

By John Straube
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BSI-007: Prioritizing Green—It's the Energy Stupid*

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  457.6 KB

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BSI-008: The Building Science of Bourbon

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-009: New Light In Crawlspaces

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-010: Wine Cellars

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.6 MB

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BSI-011: Capillarity—Small Sacrifices

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  590.7 KB

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BSI-012: Why Energy Matters

By John Straube
Download.pdf  1.7 MB

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BSI-013: Face Lift for Old Buildings

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  645.0 KB

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BSI-014: Deciding on Energy Priorities When Building New

By John Straube
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BSI-015: Top Ten Dumb Things To Do In the South

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  171.1 KB

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BSI-016: Top Ten Issues in Residential Ventilation Design

By Armin Rudd
Download.pdf  162.3 KB

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BSI-017: Blame It On Star Trek—Solving IAQ Problems

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.3 MB

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BSI-018: Westford House

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  3.8 MB

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BSI-019: Uplifting Moments—Roof Failures

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.7 MB

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BSI-020: Energy Security (and Saving the Planet)

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.7 MB

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BSI-021: Thermodynamics: It's Not Rocket Science

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  2.3 MB

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BSI-022: The Perfect HVAC

By John Straube
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BSI-023: Wood Is Good . . . But Strange

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.5 MB

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BSI-024: Vocabulary

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.5 MB

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BSI-026: PassivHaus Becomes Active—Further Commentary on PassivHaus

By John Straube

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BSI-027: Material View of Mold

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  2.1 MB

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BSI-028: Energy Flow Across Enclosures

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.4 MB

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BSI-029: Stucco Woes—The Perfect Storm

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  670.2 KB

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BSI-030: Advanced Framing

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.1 MB

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BSI-031: Building in Extreme Cold

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  253.8 KB

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BSI-032: Extreme Heat—A Tale of Two Cities

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-033: Evolution

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  434.9 KB

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BSI-034: Arrhenius and the Mayor—Dezincification

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  565.4 KB

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BSI-035: We Need To Do It Different This Time

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  330.1 KB

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BSI-036: Complex Three Dimensional Airflow Networks

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.0 MB

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BSI-037: Mold in Alligator Alley

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  563.9 KB

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BSI-038: Mind the Gap, Eh!

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  591.5 KB

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BSI-039: Five Things

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  337.4 KB

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BSI-040: High Rise Igloos

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  481.5 KB

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BSI-041: Rubble Foundations

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.1 MB

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BSI-042: Historical Development of the Building Enclosure

By John Straube
Download.pdf  359.4 KB

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BSI-043: Don't Be Dense—Cellulose and Dense-Pack Insulation

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.1 MB

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BSI-044: The Pressure is On

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  554.4 KB

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BSI-045: Double Rubble Toil and Trouble

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  686.7 KB

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BSI-046: Dam Ice Dam

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.4 MB

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BSI-047: Thick as a Brick

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  681.8 KB

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BSI-048: Exterior Spray Foam

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  2.0 MB

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BSI-049: Confusion About Diffusion

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-050: Parapets—Where Roofs Meet Walls

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.8 MB

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BSI-051: Decks—Roofs You Can Walk On

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  534.4 KB

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BSI-052: Seeing Red Over Green Roofs

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-053: Just Right and Airtight

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  528.4 KB

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BSI-054: Risky Business: High Risk Walls

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.1 MB

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BSI-055: In the Deep End

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  860.4 KB

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BSI-056: Leiningen versus The Ants Redux

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  843.2 KB

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BSI-057: Hockey Pucks and Hydrostatic Pressure

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  583.5 KB

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BSI-058: Parthenon, Eh?

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  1.0 MB

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BSI-059: Slab Happy

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  897.2 KB

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BSI-060: Joe South Assemblies

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  674.8 KB

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BSI-061: The Function of Form—Building Shape and Energy

By John Straube
Download.pdf  780.0 KB

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BSI-062: Thermal Bridges Redux

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  2.0 MB

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BSI-064: Bobby Darin and Thermal Performance

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  323.5 KB

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BSI-065: But I Was So Much Younger Then (I'm So Much Older Than That Now)*

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  773.5 KB

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BSI-066: Holes and Leaks

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  666.1 KB

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BSI-067: Stuck On You

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-068: Rocks Don't Burn

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  792.2 KB

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BSI-069: Unintended Consequences Suck

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  364.2 KB

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BSI-070: First Deal with the Manure and Then Don't Suck

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  435.7 KB

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BSI-071: Joni Mitchell, Water and Walls

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  338.1 KB

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BSI-072: Coil Springs, Rubber Bands, Spaghetti and Tinkertoys (Understanding Cladding Systems and Materials)

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  366.1 KB

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BSI-073: Macbeth Does Vapor Barriers (Double, Double Toil and Trouble)[1]

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  298.8 KB

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BSI-075: How Do Buildings Stack Up?

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  623.1 KB

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BSI-077: Cool Hand Luke Meets Attics

By Joseph Lstiburek
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BSI-078: Ship Shape—The Luftwaffe, Ballast and Shipping Containers

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  529.2 KB

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BSI-080: Tailor Made

By Joseph Lstiburek
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