building science corporation educational seminar



Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day, $895.00 seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings.

Dr. Joseph Lstiburek will discuss building science principles (such as the control of heat, air and moisture and IAQ) and show you how to apply them to low-energy enclosure design, advanced HVAC systems, forensic investigations, and the repair and retrofit of existing buildings.

The Fundamentals class has been attended by thousands of builders, architects, engineers, building science consultants, building code officials, facility managers, building product manufacturers and government officials.

The fee includes breakfast and lunch but does not include travel or accommodations.



Day 1 



8:00 - 10:00Environmental Separation
 Definition of a Building
 Applicable Physics
 "The Perfect Wall"
 Effect of Climate
10:15-12:00Rain Control
  Rain Screens
  Diagnostic Testing
 Systems and Materials 
 Brick, Stone and Stucco 
1:00-3:15Heat, Air and Moisture Movement 
 Modeling and Other Lies 
 Myth of Dew Point 
3:30-5:00 Walls, Roofs and Thermal Bridges 
 Critical Elements 
 Vented and Unvented Roofs 
 Low Density vs. High Density Foam 
 Avoiding Stupid Mistakes 
 Day 2 



 8:00-10:00Pressure and IAQ 
 Buildings as 3-D Airflow Networks 
 Controlling Pressure and Pathways 
 Pollutant Sources 
 Stack Effect and Compartmentalization 
10:15-12:00 HVAC 
 Ventilation Rates 
 Part Load and Humidity Control 
 Central Systems vs. Distributed Systems 
 Diagnostic Testing 
1:00-3:00 Retrofits and Mass Buildings 
 Interior vs. Exterior Approaches 
 Deep Energy Retrofits 
 Freeze Thaw 
 Foundation Approaches 
3:15-4:00 Slabs and Flooring 
 Wood and Tile Systems 
 Negative Side Vapor Control 
 Vinyl Composition Flooring 



Continuing Education: 

American Institute of Architects (AIA)


Reading Material

BSD-007: Historical Development of the Building Enclosure PDF icon Download (1.5 MB)
BSI-039: Five Things PDF icon Download (645.55 KB)
BSD-018: The Building Enclosure PDF icon Download (232.51 KB)
BSD-104: Understanding Air Barriers PDF icon Download (1.26 MB)
BSI-002: The Hollow Building PDF icon Download (1.95 MB)
BSI-047: Thick as a Brick PDF icon Download (842.46 KB)
BSI-001: The Perfect Wall PDF icon Download (1.31 MB)
BSD-013: Rain Control in Buildings PDF icon Download (1011.27 KB)
BSD-146: EIFS - Problems and Solutions PDF icon Download (3.38 MB)
BSD-014: Air Flow Control in Buildings PDF icon Download (1.13 MB)
BSD-105: Understanding Drainage Planes PDF icon Download (1.84 MB)
BSD-106: Understanding Vapor Barriers PDF icon Download (3.81 MB)
BSD-108: Investigating and Diagnosing Moisture Problems PDF icon Download (1.43 MB)
BSD-111: Flood and Hurricane Resistant Buildings PDF icon Download (2.83 MB)
BSD-138: Moisture and Materials PDF icon Download (319.07 KB)
BSD-109: Pressures in Buildings PDF icon Download (499.16 KB)
BSD-011: Thermal Control in Buildings PDF icon Download (901.1 KB)
BSD-115: Wood Pitched Roof Construction PDF icon Download (810.66 KB)
BSD-135: Ice Dams PDF icon Download (577.42 KB)
BSI-004: Drainage, Holes and Moderation PDF icon Download (2.61 MB)
BSD-102: Understanding Attic Ventilation PDF icon Download (3.67 MB)
BSD-107: Understanding Ventilation in Hot-Humid Climates PDF icon Download (803.5 KB)
BSD-110: HVAC in Multifamily Buildings PDF icon Download (722.5 KB)
BSD-114: Interior Insulation Retrofits of Load-Bearing Masonry Walls In Cold Climates PDF icon Download (1.52 MB)
BSD-103: Understanding Basements PDF icon Download (1.33 MB)
BSI-003: Concrete Floor Problems PDF icon Download (989.59 KB)