Duration: The educational seminar runs for approx. 2-1/2 hours, (although your mileage may vary if you pause the show to read individual slides) running time plus introductions and presentations. The original source seminar consisted of 713 slides and was delivered at high rate of speed.

Comments: Seminar describes the means and goals of energy engineering with respect to building envelopes: heat transfer and condensation risk assessment procedures and presents the basic thermodynamics concepts with special focus on the areas typically overlooked by architects.

Target Audience:  Kaz slanted it for achitects. For some reasons engineers seemed to be the most enthusiastic recipients among mixed attendance consisting of architects, contractors, code officials, etc. One architect”s  comment summarized it well: “It was quite scary. You suddenly realize how much there is to know.” The most interested attendants tend to be Kaz’s competitors: building enclosure consultants, because Kaz shows the tricks of the trade.

Learning objectives: 1. LEED EA energy optimization credit and ASHRAE 90.1. Comparison between energy optimization and renewable energy source. 2. Basic components of thermal comfort, introduction to psychometrics. How heat is propagated – radiation, conduction, convection. 3. Measures of energy transfer – thermal transmittance, resistance, heat storage, emissivity, and convection. 4. Uniqueness of hot climate and basic condensation risk differences. Moisture transmission and accumulation, permeability of materials and diffusion, air leakage. 5. Condensation risk assessment, three dimensional thermal bridging, steady state and transient analyses, moisture migration analyses. 6. Case study of window in a precast concrete wall,. 7. Case study of a curtain wall bay. 8. Case study of an aluminum transom.

Table of contents

•Basic Physics – Modes of Heat Transfer
•Exterior Building Envelope
•Energy Code
•Where Errors Come From
•Communication Challenges
•Typical Forgotten Assemblies
•Material Measures, U factors, R values
•Energy Transfer Modes
•Determining Alternative U-Factors
•Case Studies:

Curtain Wall Offset

Curtain Wall Transom

Window in Curtain Wall

Window In Precast Wall

Sloped Glazing Rafter

•Energy Transfer Modes Again
•Steady State vs. Transient:
•Dynamic Thermally Disconnected Building Envelopes
•Active Ventilation – Double Skin Facades
••Thermal Mass, Passive Solar,
•Phase Change Materials
•Double Skin Facades
•Condensation Control
•Climate Differences
•Vapor Permeance Rule of Thumb
•Heat Control Structural Impact
•Thermal Movement
•Atmospheric Icing
•Solar Design
•Glass Coolness
•Shading Design
•Thermal Bridging
•Bridging Solutions
•Ecology – LEED, etc.
•Green Challenges
•Sources: Books, Seminars, DVDs,
•Does and Don’ts

Trailer. We never produced a trailer for this DVD.  However; we posted two case studies from this seminar free of charge online:

Case Study 1 – 3D Thermal Analysis of a Curtain Wall Bay (length 7 minutes) . This famous case of a structural curtain wall was also described in my article published in JBED  in 2010, available for download at our old website.

Case Study 2 – 2D Thermal Analysis of a Mullion (length 11 minutes). This video describes the process of improvement of a horizontal mullion of a curtain wall, which was found substandard at the submittal stage. It shows a number of variations and their effects on the thermal performance.

 Self Reporting Form: The old form is available for download. AIA spent our dues on frequent changes of their website, making it even less intuitive every time, so the specific steps had varied already by the time I was finished with the form. Please note that jurisdictions may vary with their acceptance of self-reported units, please check with your state first.

HSW: Yes, over 75%  in 3 category: Salutary physical effects among users.

Sustainable Design: YES.

SD Categories that apply – Category VII. Energy Flows and Energy Future Sustainable design conserves energy and resources and reduces the carbon footprint while improving building performance and comfort. Sustainable design anticipates future energy sources and needs.

Topics:  Conserving Systems and Equipment ,   Energy Modeling ,   Mass Absorption ,   Thermal Bridging,   Windows and Openings

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The seminars focus on areas typically overlooked by architects and engineers in process of building envelope design. The topics are chosen on basis of observations derived from both forensic investigations of failed assemblies and peer reviews of architectural documentation.

Version.  It’s  the first version recorded on DVD in year 2013. He never had the time to update this DVD. Kaz originally developed this seminar in year 2005, and delivered it in New York Cit in 2005. (He didn’t speak much English at the time).  This video was based on the AIA 2030 Challenge seminar delivered in Columbus and served as a draft before the BEC Colorado seminar, so if you attended one of those two, you may recognize some remote similarities. At some point it was registered with AIA for learning units and the required AIA slides were added, please ignore them, as we no longer have time to report individual learning units.

Author: Overshadowed by his later accomplishments is the fact that Kaz worked as Energy Rater on over 200 buildings, many of them high rise, while getting his Masters in Architecture. (In his Greening Seminar you can hear him recalling some juicy stories from this period.)  Later, he pioneered 3D thermal simulations in curtain walls. In this seminar, he is just trying to explain the basics to the architects.

Packaging:  May vary. We will probably switch to cardboard sleeves soon.

Price: We also encourage a purchase of several DVDs at a discount.

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Thermal Engineering in Building Envelope Design

Thermal Engineering in Building Envelope Design

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