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Building Science for Weatherization

Energy Basics

Moisture in Existing Buildings

Understanding Air Barriers

Indoor Air Quality Fundamentals
Fundamentals of Weatherization Project Management
Crew Chief Inspections
Diagnostic Testing
Managing Combustion Appliance Safety
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Energy Basics

Energy basics, specifically heat transfer, is at the heart of weatherization work. Here, weatherization specialists are provided an overview of energy issues, discussing heat transfer measures and mechanisms, air infiltration and the thermal envelope, energy-efficient windows, insulation, and cooling measures.

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain how thermal mass has an effect on heat transfer
  • Describe R-value versus U-value
  • Define conduction, convection, and radiation
  • Explain how low-E windows work
  • Discuss heat loss in terms of comfort


Watch our example videos for this lesson by clicking on the link(s) below:
Energy Basics - Part 1
Energy Basics - Part 2
Energy Basics - Part 3

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