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Basics of Building Sciences

GBCI: 0910000400

Learn practical knowledge of basic building science principles.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

Published on: May 30, 2014

Average: 4 (6 votes)


This course is designed to provide participants with a practical knowledge of basic building science principles. Students are introduced to the "house as a system" model for assessing and improving building performance, as well as the fundamentals of heat, air, and moisture flow as it relates to buildings.

The presentation includes some review questions throughout but these are for your review and do not count towards the final quiz score for earning continuing education credit. After you’ve completed the presentation, take the quiz (link on the right) to earn your certificate of completion and CE credits.


  1. Recognize the basic principles of building science as they relate to heat, air, and moisture movement in a building
  2. Examine the multiple components of the building envelope and how they interact with each other to produce an efficient system
  3. Recognize the potential for interaction among building components and mechanical systems
  4. Obtain general knowledge of climate zones and factors and how they have affected building design
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Atlanta, GA
United States


Mike Barcik

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6 commentsLeave a comment

The ReUse People of America

Very informative and well laid out. Especially liked the wet ceiling tiles explanation as well as the relative humidity section. Also, was not completely aware of absolute necessity of air barrier/insulation combination. Thanks!!!

Turner Construction Company

Good lesson. Nice info about the wet ceiling tiles because of air infiltration.

Student, Bainona Engineering Consultancy

Very useful course about building science to refresh your information. The hierarchy of the information is pretty neat.

Environmental Engineer, LEED AP, USGBC Faculty, Jain Engineering Consultants Intl.
Pro Reviewer

This course is suitable for those who are beginners to design, or those who just want a basic understanding of building science with regards to the building envelope and its relation to energy efficiency and occupant comfort. The course is very informative starts with general building science to specific components. The course includes a clear audio, informative images and a written narrative which is useful and makes it easier to follow.

Sustainable Technologies Manager, Farnsworth Group, Inc.
Pro Reviewer

This is a good course for anyone new to, or looking for a refresher on the basics of building sciences and environmental impacts on building performance. Many of the topics covered are relevant to the fields of building envelope commissioning and building design and how environmental factors impact energy efficiency and occupant comfort. The flow of the course from general information to specific detail is easy to follow and the ability to review previous slides is very handy if you get distracted during the presentation.

evolveEA Principal, AIA, USGBC Faculty, evolveEA
Pro Reviewer

This course is a clear and informative overview of the physical forces that affect building performance. Topics covered include location, sun, wind, heat, envelope considerations, hydrology and humidity. This course gives the reader an understanding of the factors to consider in building design and factors that affect comfort. The flow is logical, from the general to the specific; from physics to design recommendations. Graphics are relevant, concise and easy-to-follow.

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