Design Options for Cathedral Ceilings – Reading List

Design Options for Cathedral Ceilings – Reading List

Summary: The readings below are related to Jonathan Smegal’s May 2017 LAB Event on vented and unvented roof assemblies. They address a range of building science principles and performance issues in different climate zones. Together, these resources provide a general introduction to this topic and related research. If you find a broken link or would […]

High-Performance HVAC for MURBs/Multifamily – Reading List

High-Performance HVAC for MURBs/Multifamily – Reading List

Summary: The readings below are related to Steve Kemp’s April 2017 LAB Event on high-performance HVAC for multi-unit residential buildings. They address a range of issues including changing energy reporting requirements and research on airflow and corridorization. Together, these resources provide a general introduction to this topic and related research. If you find a broken […]

Masonry Retrofits and Freeze-Thaw Risk – Reading List

Masonry Retrofits and Freeze-Thaw Risk – Reading List

Summary: The readings below are related to Randy Van Straaten’s March 2017 LAB Event on insulating existing masonry buildings, in particular in relation to interior insulation and freeze-thaw risk. Together, these resources provide a general introduction to this topic and related research. If you find a broken link or would like to suggest something to […]

Durability – Reading List

Durability – Reading List

Summary: The readings below are related to John Straube’s January 2017 LAB Event on how to achieve durability in buildings – in the past, present and future. Together, these resources provide a general introduction to this topic and related research. If you find a broken link or would like to suggest something to add, please […]

Modern Building Enclosures – Reading List

Modern Building Enclosures – Reading List

Summary: The readings below are related to Alex Lukachko’s November 2016 LAB Event on “Modern Building Enclosures – The Art and Science of Energy Efficiency.” This presentation addresses changing building codes related to energy efficiency, as well as the impact of these changes on architectural design and the look of modern buildings. Because of the […]

Vapor Permeance and Exterior Insulation – Reading List

Vapor Permeance and Exterior Insulation – Reading List

Summary: The readings below are related to Jonathan Smegal’s October 2016 LAB Event on vapor permeance and exterior insulation. Together, they provide an introduction to research on this topic. If you find a broken link or would like to suggest something to add, please contact us. Top 5 Things to Read: #1: Inward Vapor Drives […]

Wind Loads on Vented Cladding Systems – Reading List

Wind Loads on Vented Cladding Systems – Reading List

Summary: At our September 20 2016 LAB Event, Randy Van Straaten will discuss recent research on predicting pressure equalization effects in vented cladding systems. As part of this presentation, he will look at the impact of under-predicting wind loads, as well as the limitations of current approaches. The research is focused on vinyl siding but […]

Better Multi-Unit Residential Buildings – Reading List

Better Multi-Unit Residential Buildings – Reading List

Summary: Like any building type, multi-unit residential projects can be designed to have very low energy use and high levels of occupant comfort, safety, and health. However, they do have some unique challenges. The reading list below provides an introduction to research on improving performance in multi-unit residential buildings. If you find a broken link […]

Airtightness Testing in Large Buildings – Reading List

Airtightness Testing in Large Buildings – Reading List

Summary: As part of increasingly stringent building energy requirements, mandatory airtightness testing of large buildings has now been implemented in some North American jurisdictions and is being considered for implementation in many others. The reading list below provides an introduction to research on large building airtightness and lessons learned regarding the successful implementation of airtightness […]

Architectural Form, Enclosure Design, and Energy Performance – Reading List

Architectural Form, Enclosure Design, and Energy Performance – Reading List

Summary: Much is known about individual factors that can improve a building’s energy performance. Less is known about the combined or relative impact of different factors. The reading list below provides an introduction to research on the impact of architectural form and enclosure design factors on energy efficiency. If you find a broken link or […]

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