Building Science and High Performance Design
Waitsfield, Vermont, September 24, 2015—With net zero and low energy design moving rapidly from the fringes to the mainstream of residential and commercial architectural and building practices, Yestermorrow Design/Build School announces upcoming intensives in these topics for design and building professionals, as well as those moving toward those fields.
Yestermorrow’s new four-week Certificate in Building Science & Net Zero Design will provide a comprehensive exploration of building energy and durability in the context of both new construction and renovation. Building science topics include moisture and thermal dynamics, the building envelope, heat loss and gain, and pressure plane integrity. Students will also explore energy efficient mechanical systems, renewable energy options, and energy modeling tools and methods before applying performance-based design principles to design a net zero energy use structure. The course runs from February 7 – March 4, 2016.
Yestermorrow will also be offering two programs focused on designing and building for the super energy-efficient Passive House standard, offered in conjunction with Passive House Institute U.S. The Passive House Consultants Training Program will train participants to put measurable and verifiable low energy metric and holistic systems design into practice to create highly comfortable, extremely low energy buildings with exceptional indoor air quality at an affordable cost. Professionals in the energy, design, engineering, construction, and other related fields will be provided with the skills necessary to design and consult on building projects that meet the Passive House building energy standard for all climate zones of North America. The Consultants Training, taking place January 9 – 16, 2016, will be the only offering in the United States in which the full training occurs in the classroom and not online.
For people in the building trades, the Passive House Certified Builders Training, scheduled for March 15 – 19, 2016, prepares construction professionals to meet the strict Passive House energy standards. The program curriculum – developed by a team with more than twenty successful Passive House projects between them – runs from design theory and climate-specific detailing to materials, techniques, project management and quality assurance. The course offers real-world experience in the on-site implementation of Passive House, as well as counseling and advice to both the practical and business concerns specific to this standard.
Yestermorrow is also offering four professional level online courses in topics related to high performance design and construction. Offered in conjunction with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, these include Energy Modeling in eQuest, Zero Net Energy Homes, Passive House Design, and The Injected Polyurethane Foam Method. They begin on March 14, 2016. For course details, visit www.yestermorrow.org, or call 888-496-5541.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School was founded in 1980 on the belief that the best built structures, furnishings, and environments depend on the joint cooperation of designers, builders, and occupants. The school empowers students to develop skills through an integrated design/build process, and to “think with their hands” whether building a chair or designing a house. Yestermorrow’s hands-on workshops, certificate programs, and semester programs are taught by nationally recognized architects, builders, and craftspeople, and are for people of all ages and experience levels.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
7865 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673