Thermal bridging is an important consideration in low-energy building design. Generally, the aim is to wrap the entire thermal envelope in a blanket of insulation, thereby eliminating all thermal bridges. However, practicalities and cost may prevent this goal from being achieved. To properly assess junctions that contain thermal bridging, 2D thermal modeling is often needed. This modeling must be carefully performed using validated software to ensure accurate results.
In this two-day masterclass, participants will learn the fundamentals of thermal bridging calculations for wood-framed construction. Common junction details and their modeling conventions will be examined. Modeling techniques will be taught using THERM. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform calculations and have them reviewed in class.
- Gain better understanding of heat loss in buildings due to thermal bridging
- Understand what comprises a high quality junction detail
- Assess degree of thermal bridging in a junction qualitatively
- Learn basic commands in the steady state numerical analysis software THERM
- Create 2D thermal models of junction details
- Set up the steady state models to output correct results
- Calculate heat flows in THERM
- LQuantify the degree of thermal bridging at junctions
- Gain practical experience in the calculation of thermal bridging heat loss
- Account for thermal bridging in building energy modeling software
Architects, architectural technologists, engineers, thermal modelers and other building professionals.
Prerequisites/required knowledge and equipment/software
- Participants must have a familiarity with Excel and basic building heat loss calculations.
- Please arrive with your laptop preloaded with THERM 7 as well as MS Excel (or equivalent). THERM 7 can be downloaded here.
- Please bring a calculator, pencil and notepad for sketching.
The instructor for this course is Ed May.
Total number of learning hours: 14
OAA Core Learning Units: 12
APEG credits: self-reported
PHI Credit Points (for certification renewal): 16
If insufficient registrations are received 14 days before this course is scheduled to start, it may be cancelled.
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