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Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Define key terms including u-factor, NFRC label, SHGC, VT, air leakage, and LSG.

Describe different window operation methods and be prepared to comment on air leakage implications.


Author: ASHRAE
Organization: ASHRAE
The 2017 ASHRAE Handbook—Fundamentals covers basic principles and data used in the HVAC and refrigeration industry. It covers basic principles such as thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and heat transfer, providing practical guidance on building envelope, indoor environmental quality, load...
Author: Mark Bomberg and Tomasz Kisilewicz
This a basic text on heat, air flow, and moisture based on years of research, teaching, and writing on these issues. It includes chapters on the durability of materials, materials in environmental control, and hygrothermal insulations. The hardcover version is Methods of Building Physics by Bomberg...
Author: John Carmody, Stephen Selkowitz, Dariush Arasteh, and Lisa Heschong
In its third edition, this book remains an excellent source on performance characteristics of windows, glazing materials, window assembly, design implications of energy-efficient windows, and considerations of window selection. It includes a short history of window developments and an overview of...
Author: Joseph Lstiburek
This relatively small guide addresses one of the most important issues in buildings—controlling rain and ground water. The prose is succinct and to the point. The graphics are outstanding. The guide is divided into five sections: Principles, Window Installation, Risk Factors (including an Average...


The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), under guidance from the past Federal Envelope Advisory Committee, developed this comprehensive guide for exterior envelope design and construction for institutional/office buildings. The publication list for each topic raises the level of...