MILTON, Ontario, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ROXUL® Inc.'s Energy Design Center (EDC) and RDH Building Science Laboratories is inviting all architects, designers, and specifiers to register for EDC Live: Building Science for Better Buildings--a series of free webcast courses that provide participants with critical building science knowledge, while allowing them to earn AIA continuing education credits.
"Already an engaging and interactive information portal for North America's commercial construction professionals, ROXUL's Energy Design Center has taken education and professional development to the next level with its AIA course credit webinar series, EDC Live," says Rockford Boyer, B. Arch. Sc., BSSO, North American Manager, Energy Design Centre, ROXUL Inc. "We expect this webcast series to be the first of many interactive educational opportunities presented through ROXUL's EDC and its industry-leading partners."
The goal of ROXUL's Energy Design Centre is to help commercial building professionals to meet their real-world needs in an environment of ever increasing energy targets, tighter building codes and legislation. The EDC aims to assist them in achieving the highest energy efficiency requirements without sacrificing other design and performance priorities, all while taking into account sustainability, durability and resiliency.
The EDC Live: Building Science for Better Buildings four-course webcast series, taking place April 26th and 28th, will cover four topics, including:
Part 1: Why Building Enclosures?
April 26th, 12:30 p.m. EDT
Description: The energy and resource use of our buildings is a large part of our environmental impact, but this is something that can be changed significantly by our design and construction industry using well-known techniques and existing technologies. In this presentation, you will learn about the impact of buildings on our energy and resource use. You will also learn about low-technology, high-impact techniques that we can use to create buildings that are more comfortable, durable and energy efficient than most buildings built today. The focus will be on building enclosures with discussion about interactions with other building systems.
Part 2: Heat Control Fundamentals
April 26th, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Description: "Effective" thermal performance is replacing simple R-values in modern, high performance commercial buildings. For most buildings, continuous exterior insulation will be the new normal. This presentation will help you understand thermal control fundamentals, changing codes and standards, and how to detail enclosures with continuous exterior insulation. You will come away with solutions to problematic thermal bridges and an understanding of how higher levels of thermal control affect enclosure design.
Part 3: Air Control Fundamentals
April 28th, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Description: Air barrier systems are becoming a more important concern for modern, high performance commercial buildings. This presentation will help you understand changing codes and standards, why air tightness is important for commercial buildings, and how to detail air barrier systems. Because air tightness is a "whole building" characteristic that depends on the work of multiple trades, we will also look at commissioning and inspection during construction. You will come away with a stronger understanding of how air barrier systems work and how to solve common problems in design and construction.
Part 4: Moisture Control Fundamentals
April 28th, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Description: As we increase the thermal resistance and air tightness of our building enclosures to improve comfort and energy performance, we also put our enclosure assemblies at greater risk of moisture-related problems. This presentation will help you understand how we have changed the moisture performance of modern assemblies and what the unintended consequences might be. You will come away with an understanding of the basic moisture physics involved and how to make decisions about moisture control that will increase durability and reduce moisture-related problems.
The ROXUL Energy Design Centre is a one-stop hub for building industry professionals to access a wealth of resources, high-quality tools, training, and tailored advisory services to unlock the energy savings potential of their buildings. Relevant to the North American market, the Energy Design Centre is supported by a panel of renowned, international building science and energy efficiency experts from top tier industry and educational institutions. In addition to providing direct and customized support to commercial building professionals, the Energy Design Centre provides comprehensive access to the latest third-party building science research, presentations, multi-media, case studies, product and service solutions, specification and application guides, technical and data sheets, industry news, events and more.
Visitors to the ROXUL EDC can find advanced learnings on commercial building construction and building science topics such as climate-driven R-value, continuous insulation, hybrid roofing systems, the implications of temperature-dependent thermal conductivity for exterior walls and insulated sheathing, draining balance testing and wall comparison, deflection testing of exterior wall attachments, hygrothermal simulations and analysis of solar-driven inward water vapor, the implications of temperature-dependent thermal conductivity for commercial roofing systems, the impact and benefits of membrane colour and roofing strategy on the performance of conventional roofing assemblies, and much more. For more information, visit ROXUL's Energy Design Centre.
About ROXUL® Inc.
ROXUL® Inc., located in Milton, Ontario, with additional production in Byhalia, Mississippi and Grand Forks, British Columbia, is a subsidiary of Rockwool® International, the world's largest producer of stone wool insulation. Rockwool International, a publicly-held company trading on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange, operates 28 factories, employs over 11,000 people in 35 countries, and maintains a global network of sales companies, trade offices, and dedicated commercial partners. Providing long-term thermal performance, ROXUL's stone wool insulation is fire resistant, water repellent and resistant to mold, mildew and bacterial growth. ROXUL® products and manufacturing processes are environmentally conscious. CFC- and HCFC-free, ROXUL® insulation products contain a high recycled content. They are among the few building products able to recover the energy used in their manufacturing process. Installing ROXUL® insulation can reduce energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels, thereby decreasing harmful CO2 emissions. For more information, visit ROXUL® at www.roxul.com or visit ROXUL® on social media via Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.
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