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Building Science Topics

Building codes and standards are sets of regulations governing the design, construction, alteration and maintenance of structures and equipment. Building codes and standards specify how buildings and equipment must be constructed or perform, and are written in mandatory, enforceable language. Usually, states and local governments adopt and enforce building codes and standards for their jurisdictions.

Although often used interchangeably, within the building profession, disaster resistance refers to the ability to resist the onset and impact of a disaster, and disaster resiliency refers to the ability to absorb the impact of a disaster. This module will provide information on how building science can help ensure that buildings remain standing during disasters while being energy efficient.

This module provides content for trainers to teach students about fenestration in buildings.

This module describes essential concepts related to heat transfer in buildings.

This module describes basic components, basic installation and ratings of HVAC systems.

This training module describes how to identify and minimize pollutants to improve indoor air quality in buildings.

This training module describes how to use life-cycle analysis to provide energy, carbon, or cost or other information over the life of a product.

This training module covers the importance of lighting, appliances and miscellaneous electric loads in building science.

This training module provides information about moisture transport in buildings.

Plumbing is the system of pipes, drains, fittings, valves, and fixtures installed for the distribution of potable water for drinking, heating and washing, and waterborne waste removal.  This module focuses on domestic water systems.

This training module describes the simultaneous consideration of various building components in the design and construction process.