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Building Science Fundementals

Friday, November 8 2013, 9:00 AM – Saturday, November 9 2013 to 5:00 PM


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When: Nov. 8-9, 2013 from 09:00 AM to5:00 PM


Where: Earth Advantage -623 SW Oak St.,Portland,OR97205 


Contact Name: Ryan Harper


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Contact Phone:  503.968.7160 x25




Take the mystery out of tight homes and moisture management by gaining confidence in your energy-efficient design and construction practices while optimizing your investment and reducing liability through superior building performance.


This course explores how properly designing and constructing a building's envelope, or thermal and moisture barrier, is essential for a comfortable, healthy, durable, and energy-efficient home. The course provides an exploration of the fundamental laws that govern the dynamic flows within a building in order to understand the interconnectedness of house systems. These fundamentals are necessary tools to use when making design, construction and operation decisions that affect the sustainability of projects.


Featured on the first day is a guest speaker presentation and the second day includes a site visit to a certified green home.


Learning Objectives

·                                 Explain the natural laws that drive the thermal, air, and moisture flows within a house


·                                 Develop strategies for analyzing how dynamic flows affect the performance of a house


·                                 Calculate the overall R-values of various house assemblies and analyze potential efficiency improvements


·                                 Calculate wall assembly U-factors and evaluate the optimum orientation of a house


·                                 Understand how improving building performance affects indoor air quality


·                                 Describe potential water management strategies


·                                 Select appropriate design features and assemblies according to project objectives


·                                 Integrate building envelope details into plans and specifications


Want to learn more? This Building Science Fundamentals course is actually Module 2 of our interactive 6-month Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) accreditation course.





Our expert instructor, Stephen Aiguier (President & Founder of Green Hammer, Certified Passive House Consultant), has innovated and implemented cutting edge high performance building practices to advance the national standards of green building. In 2011, he was named one of Portland Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”, and as one of Sustainable Business Oregon’s Top 10 Sustainable Built Environment Leaders to Watch in 2012.


CCB: 2 core hours (codes) and 12 elective hours

AIA: 14 learning units LU/HSW - Sustainable Design (SD) now falls under the LU/HSW credit designation

BPI: 7 continuing education units




"I am very pleased with the Earth Advantage Building Science Fundamentals course. I have gained a level awareness that dwarfs my previous 20+years of building experience. I am pleased to learn how far the industry has come... It is good to know that we are steadily growing our knowledge-base to better meet the current and future challenges of conserving and efficiently using our resources. Thank you to the team at Earth Advantage."


— Darryl Rice, Youth Construction Trainer, Habitat For Humanity of theMid-WillametteValley

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