This short course is presented by wood engineer, building science expert and CanPHI director Tomaz Stich, and it outlines essential building science knowledge for super-insulated wall, floor and roof assemblies, no matter what the climate zone.

Course Duration:

One half-day (classroom equivalent). This course is already included in our main Design & Construction course

Designed for: 

Architects, builders, designers, trades persons, planners, municipal officials, students … anyone who is interested in better buildings

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Building Science

Course Details

What you will learn

Learn the science behind all moisture-related problems in wood buildings, and develop practical skills and solutions for designing safe wall, floor and roof assemblies, including:

  • The theory and science behind vapour diffusion
  • How to assess suitable construction materials
  • How to plan for diffusion-open assemblies
  • How to use a powerful online hygrothermic analysis tool for ensuring vapour safety of any type of construction assembly in different climate conditions
  • What can happen if you fail to take building science into account in your designs

What’s Included in this Course?

  • The course has 4 learning videos, including an overview of the basic science
  • Participants are encouraged to go online and try to model building assembly examples using a powerful (free) hygrothermic software tool
  • There are many examples of what to avoid, and what can go wrong if you fail to take building science adequately into account
  • You will have 15 days access to this course, if you purchase it separately – if you sign up to our main course in Design & Construction this course is already included (as Module 13)

How much time do I need for this training course?

There is a total of 4 videos in this course, and most people will be able to cover the material in half a day or less. However the course presents an online hygrothermic modelling tool for your future use, and which many builders and designers find addictive, so you may well spend many more hours developing your new building science skills, and demonstrating examples to clients and colleagues.

Who delivers the course material?

Tomaz StichTomaz Stich grew up in Germany and worked a full apprenticeship in cabinet making before taking a 4-year diploma in wood engineering at the prestigious Hildesheim Institute of Applied Sciences, with graduate research work in wood structures at the Institute for Wood Technology Research in Stockholm, Sweden. Fluent in four languages, Tomaz qualified as a Certified Passive House Designer in 2009, when this qualification first became available.

Tomas is now working as a structural engineer and Passive House designer and builder in multiple projects across Canada, with a specialty in CLT and prefabricated wood element design. He has taught classroom courses in Passive House design & construction for CanPHI in Calgary since 2016, and he lives with his family in beautiful Invermere, BC, and they will soon move into the first Certified Passive House in that area.

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