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This course is an opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the
first three courses of the five course series “Designing
and Maintaining the High Performance Green Building Series” and
learn from the experience of other professionals. Students
will be placed into small groups to discuss ideas and describe
construction and equipment details for a high performance green
school building. Each group will discuss their design ideas with
the class at the end of the day.
Course Learning Objectives
Primary objective is for student to be able to design or identify
building envelopes in hot and humid climate that will minimize
moisture and heat gains into building using durable materials.
Objectives; Each student will be able to:
- Draw a simple building footprint illustrating an orientation
that optimizes daylighting and solar heat gain.
- Specify wall and roof construction details that will minimize
moisture and heat movement into building using durable materials.
- Specify type of cooling system that is energy efficient and
will remove moisture well.
- Specify a ventilation design that will deliver adequate outside
air and conserves energy.
- Specify a lighting system and control that provides adequate
illumination and conserves energy.
- Determine if building will be mechanically pressurized or depressurized
when given a list of exhaust, make-up, and outside air flows.
- Specify at least three design specifications or O&M practices
that will result in improved indoor air quality.
- Organization and Intent of a Charrette
- Design Principles to Consider for High Performance Buildings
of Important Considerations for High-Performance Building
Small Groups and Take Short Break (10 min)
Small groups will be given a design
objective such as, ”Design
a high-performance school”. Other information such
as square footage, types of spaces, number of classrooms,
and occupancy data will also be provided to expedite the
- Design and Specify Site Layout
- Draw Building Footprint
- Indicate Building Orientation
- Design and Specify Envelope Details (walls, roof, floors an
- Design and Write Specifications of Exterior
- Design and Write Specifications of Roof
- Design and Write Specifications of Ground
- Design and Write Specifications of Window
- Specify Type of Cool/Heat System, Ducts, Controls and Schedules
Cooling System Type
- Indicate Space Conditioning Zones
- Describe Type of Duct
- Describe How Static and Air Losses Will
- Describe How Cool/Heat Will be Controlled
- Describe Schedule
- Break (60 minutes)
- Design and Specify Ventilation System and Controls
- Select Ventilation
- Select Control Method
- Methods will describe how ventilation
system will provide adequate ventilation and conserve energy
- Perform Building Airflow Balance Evaluation
- Design and Specify
Electric Lighting System and Controls
- Determine Indoor Air Environmental
- Presentation and Evaluation of Designs (Group Participation)
1 Presentation and Discussion
- Group 2 Presentation and Discussion
- Group 3 Presentation
- Group 4 Presentation and Discussion
- Overview and Discussion of Best Designs
Qualifications of Instructors
B. Cummings is a Program Director at FSEC where he
has been principal investigator for 32 research projects over
18 years. He has conducted field research in more than 250
homes and 100 commercial buildings, identifying air flow, pressure
differential, HVAC, and moisture control failures. He has done
extensive training in building science, combining his considerable
diagnostic field experience into his training experience. Mr.
Cummings holds an MS degree in Applied Solar Energy.
Withers is a Senior Research Analyst at FSEC
and a hands-on building scientist and accomplished researcher
(18 published papers).
He has performed field research in more than 300 buildings. He
is fluent in the language of building diagnostics – blower
doors, duct testers, pressure mapping, and air flow verification – because
he has performed a full range of tests on a wide range of buildings.
He has seen how buildings fail and knows how to communicate that
knowledge. He has presented at more than 40 conferences, workshops,
and courses, including Florida Energy Gauge, duct leak test method,
IAQ Diagnostics, and commercial buildings uncontrolled air flow
courses. He has a BS degree in Secondary Education Physics.
There are no upcoming offerings of this course.
by phone by calling (321) 638-1422 and giving your credit card information.
All payments are fully refundable if cancellation is received at
least 7 business days before the class begins. FSEC reserves the
right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient pre registration.
In that event, all payments are fully refundable.