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High-Performance Envelopes: Meeting NewEnergy Codes with Manufactured Systems

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Offered by Environmental Design & Construction
Category Materials and resources

Energy codes are becoming increasingly stringent, but manufactured wall systems are making it easy for architects and building designers to create high-performance buildings that can exceed code and client expectations by taking a systems approach. Building professionals taking this course should be able to accurately describe the new codes, explain requirements for continuous insulation and its benefits, and discuss other building envelope factors after taking the quiz.


1. Describe the new and more restrictive energy codes to be introduced in 2013 and how those codes and standards will affect building enclosure design.
2. Explain typical code requirements for continuous insulation (C.I.) and the benefits of this enclosure detail for building performance and sustainability.
3. List the types of materials used for air barriers and the general requirements ofair barriers for improving building energy efficiency.
4. Discuss other factors improving enclosure weather tightness, including moisture control and light transmission, and how those affect energy use.

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0