Half-Day Introduction to thermal-bridge modeling for Passive House projects.
This seminar will introduce the core concepts and tools for thermal bridge modeling with a particular eye towards the models required for Passive House certification. The course will include an outline of key Thermal Bridge concepts, the basic calculations used in the Passive House model, and an introduction to the 2D Heat Transfer simulation tool THERM. Through a step-by-step presentation attendees will learn how to set up and use THERM to produce compliant models and output documents for certification and design. The course will include:
– Intro to THERM structure, libraries, workflow
– Rules and Standards for Thermal Bridge modeling
– Step-By-Step walkthrough of several common Thermal Bridge scenarios in THERM
– Using THERM results to create PSI-Values for the Passive House energy model
– Using THERM to evaluate durability and condensation potential
– Learn to recognize the limits of THERM analysis
Attendees should bring a laptop with LBNL THERM pre-installed as well as spreadsheet application such as Microsoft Excel.
Ed May is a partner in the consulting firm Building-Type and specializes in using energy modeling to drive the design of buildings. Ed has a background in home construction and holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as well as a Masters of Architecture from Parsons the Newschool. Ed has been an Adjunct Professor at Parsons the NewSchool University as well an Industry Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. At Stevens Institute in 2015 Ed was the Project Manager for the school’s Solar Decathlon entry, the SURE HOUSE, which took home first place in that contest. In addition to his professional consulting work, Ed teaches regularly for the Passive House Academy out of Ireland and is certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany (PHI) as well as the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS) as a Certified Passive House Consultant.