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High-Performance Building Enclosures in the Anthropocene

High-Performance Building Enclosures in the Anthropocene
Nov/Dec 2018 SABMag ConEd Article
GBCI: 0920017555

As a human race, we find ourselves in a race against time as we look to drop our carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Our buildings play an important role and how we build can have a significant impact. It’s in our hands as to whether our buildings have a positive contribution or a negative one when it comes to the environment. In this technical article you will learn about what constitutes a high-performance building enclosure, how you can achieve this without the need for foam, and why smart building enclosures are the future of high-performance buildings.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this learning unit, the reader will be able to:

  1. Define what constitutes a high-performance building enclosure.
  2. Describe the fundamental principles of a smart building enclosure.
  3. Identify solutions to achieve a smart building enclosure.
  4. Understand the concerns with using foam in high-performance buildings.

All articles offered by SABMag are GBCI approved. To qualify for continuing education learning hours, practitioners must first read the technical article below, and then proceed to complete the short quiz at the end. You must receive 80% on the quiz to record the activity as part of your continuing education. An email will be sent to you and will act as your certificate of completion once you have successfully completed the requirements.

In order to obtain your CEU Certificate of Completion for this course (1h CE):

STEP 1 : Read the article High-Performance Building Enclosures in the Anthropocene (PDF format)

STEP 2 : Take the quiz and get a minimum of 8 out of 10 correct answers to receive your Certificate of Completion.

Quiz by: SABMagazine


According to the article, approximately what percentage of human-made greenhouse gas emissions is the harvesting and manufacturing of building materials responsible for?


High-performance buildings is all about making buildings less bad. True or False?


Lower embodied carbon, more natural materials, smart vapour, air & thermal control are all what?


Which of the following is a reason spray foam is not considered a durable material?


Which of the following is NOT the focus of a smart enclosure system?


If you are using a blower door on your building enclosure, you are testing for what?


After keeping rain out, what are the next most important systems and in what order of priority?


Sheep’s wool insulation can remove contaminants from the indoor air. True or False?


Smart vapour control looks to do what in cold climates?


Discomfort, energy inefficiency, and condensation and moisture damages can be a cause of what?

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