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BSS720:Effective Basement Design Using the Systems Approach

Format LIVE: Facilitator-led
Offered by CertainTeed Corporation





Valley Forge, PA 19482
United States
Category Indoor environmental quality

There is probably no single factor that plays such a decisive role in the health of a building over its life cycle as how liquid water and water vapor are managed by the materials and structures that make up the building. This course examines moisture managementin the context of a sustainable building, and includes material that informs LEED professionals about specific LEED system
requirements pertaining to moisture management.


State four key properties of an effective basement
Introduction to Green Building Rating Systems
Describe key interactions between water, heat, and air that must be addressed for effective sustainable design within basements.
Explain how liquid water and watervapor can penetrate the foundation
Explain how water drainage is accomplished from rooftop to foundation
Explain the use of vapor barriers to promote indoor air quality for occupants
Describe the targets of air sealing and their effects on indoor air quality.
Explain how condensation in basements leads to health issues for occupants
Describe external and internal foundation insulationproducts
Explain why interior vapor retarders should be used with caution
Describe how effective basement design can contribute toGreen Building Rating Systems.

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0
CSI (CEU) 1.0