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Thermally efficient building envelopes

Thermally Efficient Building Envelopes: Visualizing the Pathway to Low Energy Buildings
March 2015 SABMag ConEd Article
GBCI: 0920003660

Thermally efficient building envelopes have long been recognized as a necessity for low energy buildings in heating dominated climates. This article looks at how architects and designers can improve overall energy performance by looking at thermal efficient building envelopes and interface details and resources available.

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

  1. Identify the resources that are available to practitioners to help design better building envelopes.
  2. Understand how interface details affect overall energy performance.
  3. Understand how the BETB Guide can help architects and designers.
  4. Identify problematic interface details in building design.
  5. Understand the roles that different factors play in overall building envelope performance.

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 Thermally Efficient Building Envelopes: Visualizing the Pathway to Low Energy Buildings (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


Unmitigated thermal bridging can undermine other strategies to improve building envelope thermal performance. True or False?


Traditionally, which of the following has not been a long-standing strategy to improve building envelope thermal performance?


Thermal bridging has not typically received as much attention because of which of the following?


Which of the following ASHRAE standards starts to address thermal bridging at interface details?


The BETB Guide is a valuable reference tool. BETB stands for what?


Thermal bridging at interface details is important, but not as important as Assembly ‘effective’ R-Values or Assembly U-Values. True or False?


The performance of windows and walls are typically evaluated separately because?


An un-insulated balcony is an example of what?


The BETB Guide is ____________________.


Which of the following is not an example of thermal bridging at interface details?

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