Live Webinar

Live Webinar - High Performance Building Assemblies Part II


HPBA Control Layers – It’s in the details

Tue, Sep 11, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT)

Why high-performance assemblies? And why now? Today we demand better thermal performance from our building assemblies than ever. But higher performance comes at a price: Designers and builders must pay attention to hundreds of hidden components. Things like corner joints. Window flashing. Hundreds of beads ofsealant and runs of tape. Poorly designed, specified, or installed details in these areas can burden building owners with moisture and mold problems... façades falling to pieces... and drafty interiors that send tenants packing — sometimes, even suing.

This webinar series, taught by building science expert Peter Yost, builds a comprehensive working definition of high performance for architects and then uses building science principles to integrate all of the essential elements of high performance. It also makes the case for quality of design, specification, and construction of high performance enclosures.

Part II of the webinar series will focus on control layers. The key to high performance building assemblies is the continuity of the three control layers—water, air, and thermal—and dedicated, directional, drying potential. Achieving these four requires understanding wetting and drying and weaving that understanding into your design, your details, and your specifications. We will work our way through representative high performance assemblies for all four key elements: water, air, and thermal control layers and dedicated, directional drying potential. 

This webinar builds on material covered in Part 1: High Performance Building Assemblies – An introduction and an approach. When attendees register for Part II, they will receive a video recording of Part 1 to prepare them for the webinar.

Coming up next in the webinar series 

Part III: High Performance Glazing – Making it less opaque

Part IV: Thermal Comfort – Connecting physics, people, and performance

…stay tuned for dates and registration details

About Peter Yost

Peter brings more than 30 years experience in building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance buildings to his twin roles as vice-president of building performance for BuildingGreen, and technical director for Taunton Press’s His expertise ranges from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and building durability. 

Peter has been called upon to provide this building-science expertise to leading building industry high performance efforts, including USGBC's LEED for Homes and REGREEN, EPA’s WaterSense, DOE’s Building America, and IWBI’s WELL programs. Peter is a Lecturer for Yale’s graduate program in Forestry & Environmental Studies, an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program, and Research Associate with the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Construction and Technology program. A LEED AP, he is a past co-chair of the USGBC's LEED for Homes program, and a certified instructor/course author for the NAHB Advanced Green Building: Building Science certificate program. Peter’s work for BuildingGreen, Inc. includes both academic and vocational instruction, field research on building products, building investigations, construction document review, and technical research and writing. 

Peter recently completed certification as an Accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP)/Commissioning Authority+Building Enclosure (CxA+BE) – University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and Department of Engineering Professional Development (2016). 

Finally, you are bound to discover this anyway, but Peter is a certified wingnut.

*Please note: each person intending to earn CEU credits must purchase their own seat.