Attention: Important FREE Trainings for Members

Oct 02, 2015
AIACC

FROM: Bill Burke / PG&E Pacific Energy Center

PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center is pleased to announce three free trainings by internationally recognized building science authority Dr. John Straube. These include both a webinar, on-demand recording of the webinar, and classroom trainings. See http://www.johnstraube.com/ for information on Dr. Straube’s work, research, and academic role.

These free trainings are described below.

WEBINAR:

BUILDING SCIENCE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE FOR NONRESIDENTIAL AND HIGHRISE RESIDENTIAL ENCLOSURES – 

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015; 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Location: Live webinar offered via the internet

Presenter: John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Continuing Education: 2 AIA Learning units with HSW

Registration: https://pge-web.ungerboeck.com/classcalendar/Details.aspx?OrgCode=10&EventId=11927

Description: In this webinar Dr. John Straube will offer a working definition of building science and explain why an understanding of it is needed by building professionals. He will describe the role of building science in effective design of building enclosures, specifically addressing requirements for control of rain, air movement, vapor diffusion, and thermal separation. He will discuss enclosure design decision making in the context of whole building lifecycle, including how current design decisions may affect future building asset value, given coming requirements for net zero performance. Dr. Straube will describe enclosures that deliver good energy performance and comfort in California climates. He will briefly review current and upcoming requirements in the Title 24 Building Energy Standards for enclosures, including design review and commissioning. He will close by discussing how building professionals can meet these requirements and produce better buildings through more integrative design, construction, and operation processes.

NOTE: A recording of the webinar will be available as an ‘on-demand’ class on Monday, October 5, 2015. A registration link to the on-demand training will be listed at www.pge.com/energyclasses.

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IN-PERSON TRAININGS:

DETAILING NONRESIDENTIAL ENCLOSURES FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE –  

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 27, 2015; 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Location: PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Presenter: John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Continuing Education: AIA 6.5 Learning units with HSW

Registration: https://pge-web.ungerboeck.com/classcalendar/Details.aspx?OrgCode=10&EventId=11928

PREREQUISITE: Participation in webinar on ‘NONRESIDENTIAL AND HIGHRISE RESIDENTIAL ENCLOSURES FOR CALIFORNIA: BUILDING SCIENCE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE’ or viewing of on-demand recording of the webinar.

DESCRIPTION: Good building performance and occupant comfort requires effective detailing that supports the energy goals and strategies guiding a design. In this program, internationally-recognized expert John Straube will review essential building science concepts for building enclosures, and then go into deeper detail on enclosure layers, materials, and whole assemblies for California buildings.

In the second half of the program participants will apply these building science concepts in a hands-on exercise. In groups of four, participants will sketch building details of conditions at grade, window sill and head, and building parapet for common building types. Groups will then pin up and review their work with group discussion managed by John Straube.

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BUILDING ENCLOSURES: CONTINUOUS EXTERIOR INSULATION, THERMAL CONTINUITY, AND HIGH R-VALUE WALLS

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2015; 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Location: PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Presenter: John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Continuing Education: AIA 3.25 Learning units with HSW

Register: https://pge-web.ungerboeck.com/classcalendar/Details.aspx?OrgCode=10&EventId=11929

DESCRIPTION: Many nonresidential storefront and curtainwall enclosing walls have R-values between two and four, no better than 125 year old, uninsulated mass wall enclosures. As the State of California targets zero net energy and energy codes become more stringent, designers and builders need to understand how to design, detail, and construct high thermal performance enclosures. Building science expert John Straube will cover important concepts and detailing approaches for true high R-value enclosures, especially the important benefits of continuous insulation. He will discuss in detail how to employ continuous exterior insulation, minimize thermal bridging, and attach the (enclosing) exterior skin with minimal reduction in air, water, and thermal performance.

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In addition to educational training, PG&E offers information and financial incentives for energy efficiency in new construction, building renovation and retrofits, peak demand reduction, and renewable energy. You’ll find information for nonresidential facilities at: http://www.pge.com/en/mybusiness/index.page

and residential buildings at:

http://www.pge.com/en/myhome/saveenergymoney/index.page

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