Building Science Fundamentals | 4-Session Series

08 to 17


Building Science Fundamentals is a virtual, 4-Session, $595.00 seminar series that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy-efficient, affordable, and healthy buildings. The 4-Session Series will be held on December 8, December 10, December 15 and December 17. The time for the sessions will be from 1:00-5:00 pm EST.

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.



December 8, 2020


December 17, 2020

Building Science Fundamentals is a virtual, 4-Session, $595.00 seminar series that is delivered by Dr. Joseph Lstiburek and provides a highly interactive web-based discussion from his office in Westford, MA


Session One

December 8, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pmEnvironmental Separation
 Definition of a Building
 The Effect of Climate
 The Perfect Wall
 The Water Molecule
 Moisture Movement
 Rain and Ground Water
 Air Flow and Vapor Diffusion
 The Myth of the Dew Point
 Modeling and Other Lies

Session Two

December 10, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pmIce Dams
 Vented and Unvented Crawlspaces
 Slabs and Flooring
 Negative Side Vapor Control
 Stucco Failures

Session Three

December 15, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pmPressure and IAQ
 Buildings as 3-D Airflow Networks
 Controlling Pressures and Pathways
 Stack Effect and Compartmentalization
 Pollutant Sources
 Ventilation Rates
 Part Load and Humidity Control
 Central Systems vs. Distributed Systems
 Diagnostic Testing

Session Four

December 17, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pmRetrofits
 Mass Buildings
 Freeze Thaw
 Interior Foundation Retrofits
 Historic Building Limitations
 Frame Buildings
 Deep Energy Retrofits



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)