BSC seminars provide high-quality, up-to-date building science information to professionals in the building industry seeking to differentiate themselves from their competitors by using the principles of building science to mitigate risk and build high-performance, energy efficient, durable, and healthy buildings.  Seminars are engaging and delivered by leaders in forensic investigation, building science research, and risk mitigation with extensive design and field experience in residential, commercial and institutional construction.

Building Science Fundamentals is a two-day seminar that teaches the basic knowledge needed to design and build durable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy buildings. Dr. Joseph Lstiburek will discuss building science principles (such as the control of heat, air and moisture and IAQ) and show you how to apply them to low-energy enclosure design, advanced HVAC systems, forensic investigations, and the repair and retrofit of existing buildings. The Fundamentals class has been attended by over 1500 builders, architects, engineers, building science consultants, building code officials, facility managers, building product manufacturers and government officials.

Apr
26 to 27
2017

Denver, CO

May
24 to 25
2017

Westford, MA

Jun
21 to 22
2017

Dallas, TX

Sep
20 to 21
2017

Seattle, WA

Oct
25 to 26
2017

Baltimore, MD

You have a row house, you have a walk up, you have a mess and you want to fix it. How do you keep the rain out of it? How do you make it energy efficient, not violate the building code and not irritate your contractor and the owner? How do you not screw up the historic significance if there is any? What about apartments? What about frame houses? How do you deal with brick and masonry basement foundations from the inside? What are sacrificial mortars and renderings? Should I worry about freeze-thaw damage when I insulate on the interior? How do I insulate on the exterior of a mass wall assembly? More questions - and more answers - from a building science guru, Professor Joseph Lstiburek (yes, his old alma matter took him back). The session is delivered by Dr. Joseph Lstiburek and provides a highly personal "boardroom" discussion the specifics of renovation and rehabilitation. Space is limited to 15 attendees.

Jun
15
2017

Westford, MA

Sep
28
2017

Westford, MA

DAY 1 - Walls that Work A technical look at all of the combinations and permutations of walls - commercial, institutional and residential. Frame walls, mass walls. Brick, stone, stucco, wood cladding, composite cladding, metal cladding, fiber cement siding, engineered wood siding, vinyl siding, aluminum siding, curtain walls storefronts. Building papers, plastic building wraps and house wraps, fully adhered membranes that are vapor open and vapor closed and vapor in between, liquid applied, spray applied water resistant barriers. Gypsum sheathing, oriented stand board sheathing, plywood sheathing, fiberboard sheathing, board sheathing. Steel studs, wood studs, precast, block back up walls. Fiberglass cavity insulation, cellulose cavity insulation, low density spray foam, high density spray foam. Gypsum interior linings, magnesium oxide boards, lath and plaster. Latex paints, alkyd paints and epoxy paints. Continuous insulations rock wool, extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, isocyanurates and insulated metal panels. How all of these assemblies work in all the climate zones? How these assemblies can transition to one another? DAY 2 - Roofs that Work A technical look at all of the combinations and permutations of roofs - commercial, institutional and residential. Vented and unvented. Metal decks, wood decks, concrete decks. Wood trusses, metal trusses, rafter construction. Rigid insulation boards, spray foams, fiberglass, cellulose, rock wool. Single ply membranes, asphalt shingles, wood shingles, wood shakes, slate, metal, insulated metal panels, clay tile, concrete tile. Green roofs, protected membrane roofs, plaza decks, balconies. Hot fluid applied waterproofing, cold fluid applied waterproofing. Wild fire, hurricane and ice dam resistance. How all of these assemblies work in all the climate zones. How all of these assemblies can transition to the rest of the enclosure? The evening between the two days will feature a game first made popular with architects and contractors called “I never….” The way this game works is that someone will say something like “I never installed a vapor barrier in this wall"……those in the group that have installed a vapor barrier in such a wall will need to have a drink… The evening event will be held at Dr. Lstiburek’s home. Dr. Lstiburek is known for a well stocked bar. Transportation to and from this event will be provided…as drinking and driving in Massachusetts is not legal - and besides, you spill too much. Non alcoholic beverages will be available for those that prefer them. Food will also be provided. It will be tasty and unhealthy.

Nov
06
2017

Westford, MA

Nov
07
2017

Westford, MA