Builders FirstSource is proud to partner with The Build Show to present Build Science™ 101. This series will sharpen your foundational knowledge, introduce game-changing concepts, and perhaps even challenge a few beliefs. Be prepared for a transformative journey through the art and science of building. Build Science™ will teach you techniques to improve indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, and overall occupant health and comfort.
This series includes several videos featuing Matt Risinger and Steve Baczek sharing their expertise on the fundamentals of building science, and there is also a free eBook you can download below that goes along with the videos.
The eBook includes links that will direct you to The Build Show's site, where you can take quizzes to go along with the lessons and earn certificates.
This episode sets the tone for the rest of the series by touching on the importance of using building science to create these spaces and looking at how the history of building science has impacted America's building patterns.
It emphasizes the role of proper insulation, humidity control, material quality, and water management in ensuring a building's long life. They also challenge the notion of houses needing to "breathe" and underscore the need for a sophisticated understanding of construction practices to prioritize durability.
They discuss climate tuning, the role of HVAC equipment, and the importance of understanding temperature and humidity variations based on location. Additionally, it highlights various factors affecting indoor air quality, from filtration systems to off-gassing materials, cleaners, and air fresheners.
Moreover, the episode introduces the concept of stewardship within construction, highlighting the importance of cost-effective energy conversion and retention as well as the control of heat flow and moisture in building assemblies.
It presents building science as a perspective that demands comprehension and seamless integration.
They emphasize how every element in building contributes to control layers and how to use measurement tools to assess quality.
Because water is the leading destroyer of buildings and the primary reason for litigation in construction, the episode highlights the connection between climate, risk, and the vulnerability of structures to weather.
The episode also underscores the vital connection between air tightness and energy efficiency, urging adherence to increasingly strict building codes and clear differentiation between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Matt & Steve discuss the concept of uniform load regarding moisture and show what materials to use to achieve a balance between wetting and drying potential.
Matt & Steve emphasize the importance of continuity in insulation. They explain how proper insulation can significantly impact a building's overall thermal efficiency, offering insights into optimizing thermal resistance and understanding cavity vs. continuous insulation.
Take The Build Show's building science quizzes and earn a certificate for each lesson.
This series, aimed at building professionals, combines engineering, architecture, chemistry, and physics concepts to help builders create structures that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. It covers essential building science issues, such as water management, air tightness, vapor management, and thermal management. The goal is to graduate from good to great in building by acquiring a deeper understanding of spaces, energy efficiency, comfort, health, and durability.
This guidebook follows along with the videos, and includes links to take quizzes on The Build Show site where you can earn digital certificates for each lesson.Download Now