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GB320-A1 – Energy-Efficient Wood Buildings


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With proper attention to detail and the application of building science in design, wood buildings can meet or exceed the requirements of new energy codes and standards, as well as conservation programs and labeling systems such as Passive House, net-zero energy, and the Architecture 2030 Challenge. With an emphasis on building envelope design for mid-rise buildings, this course will focus on design strategies for air and thermal control, and energy-efficient assemblies. It will discuss wood-frame construction in the context of the International Energy Construction Code (IECC), and highlight expanding possibilities for the design of energy-efficient wood buildings using “mass timber” products.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you should be able to:

  1. Summarize a range of design considerations required to achieve energy-efficient building enclosures in multi-story wood-frame buildings.
  2. Discuss thermal insulation strategies, which must be considered together with airtightness and vapor permeability in assemblies to achieve effective thermal efficiency.
  3. Explain methods for controlling heat and airflow in wood-frame buildings.
  4. Identify how new energy codes such as the International Energy Conservation Code have increased emphasis on thermal performance.

To ​earn AIA credit, please go to http://www.rethinkwood.com/resource-library/grid?term_node_tid_depth=22&term_node_tid_depth_1=All&items_per_page=12.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

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