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Heat Transfer

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Identify the essential concepts of heat movement

Identify the three heat transfer mechanisms

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Understand the basic principles of coduction and the relationship between U-value and R-value

Understand the basic principles of convection heat transfer

Understand the basic principles of radation heat transfer

Proficiency Level 3: Apply

Describe how insulation works to prevent heat transfer

Explain the difference between common types of insulation and how they affect heat transfer


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: Hugo Hens
The author states that the subject of this book is “the physics behind heat, air and moisture in materials, building assemblies and whole buildings.” The book is based on the premise that building physics is an applied science and therefore is directed toward problem-solving. Specific topics...
Author: John Straube and Eric Burnett
The authors are clear that this text is intended for engineer or technical specialists who design, construct, operate, repair, rehabilitate, and renovate buildings. This is a walk-through of heat, air, and moisture in buildings in a straightforward manner with language that is easy for the student...
Author: John Straube
As the author states in the Introduction, Chapter One, “the environmental damage caused by a building’s energy consumption and its production is by far the largest impact, usually dwarfing the impact of the materials used to construct a building.” This book is intended to provide students with a...
Author: Carl-Eric Hagentoft
This book focuses on the theories behind the physical problems that may arise and the mathematical models used to arrive at needed solutions.
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...


Organization: University of Toronto
This online course is a basic building science course presented in a way that is easy to watch and listen to by professors with years of teaching experience in civil engineering at the University of Toronto.  From the course listing: “This online course package consists of a set of 7 modules. These...


Manual J (8th Edition) – Residential Load Calculation is the national ANSI-recognized standard for producing HVAC equipment sizing loads for single-family detached homes, small multiunit structures, condominiums, town houses, and manufactured homes. Manual B – Balancing and Testing Air and Hydronic...

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Proficiency Level 3: Apply