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AIA Connecticut Course Series

February 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Oliver Klein, our New England Product Consultant, will be giving an intensive course worth 4 HSW hours at AIA Connecticut that will feature four of our most popular topics:

Foam-Free High Performance Building Enclosures
The requirements and characteristics for high performance enclosures are evolving, with greater emphasis on air tightness, active vapor control, resilience and sustainability – making foam a less effective approach than what can be achieved without it. This presentation is a practical and comprehensive look at the building science, actual details and on-site techniques to meet these greater demands.

High Performance Historic Masonry Retrofits
The classic brick wall is an un-insulated (~R-6) 3-wythe thick wall, prone to air infiltration. As many historic buildings fall under some form of aesthetic scrutiny, exterior insulation is often prohibited. Therefore the only option to make these buildings energy efficient is to insulate them on the interior. This presentation takes a close look at how to insulate these walls safely from the interior – considering moisture drive, bulk rain water issues and insulation materials – avoiding the dangers of freeze-thaw and making a more robust structure for the next 100 years.

Decentralized High-Efficiency Ventilation
A high performance alternative to centralized, ducted systems for whole house ventilation. As buildings are being renovated or built airtight to meet greater demands of low-energy, high-comfort, toward Passive House and similar buildings – they need to be properly ventilated. Often centralized systems are not ideal given equipment and ductwork space requirements. With a decentralized system, there is no ductwork and the units are mounted within the exterior wall assemblies – giving designers and building owners new options for achieving high-performance ventilation. This course examines the component options and design parameters for such a system.

High Performance Roof Daylighting
Roof daylighting elements historically come at a high cost – leaks, energy loss, thermal discomfort, and condensation issues. Next generation roof glazing is addressing these issues and developing roof glass elements designed to be thermal-bridge-free, and suitable for high performance and Passive House envelope needs. Fenestration of all kinds requires special attention, but failures in roof glazing can unravel the thoughtful planning put into the rest of the building. Potential for thermal bridging, overheating, cold air convective currents and air or water leaks can dampen or destroy the gains of free daylight and visual comfort. This presentation covers design considerations for roof daylighting of all types and sizes – commercial or residential, flat or pitched roof, light tube or wall-to-wall roof glass. Proper integration and design decisions result in roof daylighting that addresses energy, light, health, ventilation, comfort, and overall wellness of both occupants and the longevity of the building envelope.

This event is open to all.


February 10, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


AIA Connecticut


AIA Connecticut
370 James Street
New Haven, CT 06513 United States
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