Building Envelope & HVAC Design for Efficient Buildings

Sep 13 2013


There is a high level of interest in ultra-efficient buildings, such as those using Passive House design techniques or gearing up to be Net Zero.  These structures require envelopes with substantially enhanced insulation values, which present challenges for the construction process.  In addition, HVAC systems can be downsized and simplified, but should include ventilation and humidity control systems.

This workshop will review the state-of-the-art in the latest insulation techniques, which often involve adding a substantial layer of foam on the exterior.  The added foam often requires additional structural measures, which will be covered.  A major focus will be HVAC system design, revised duct layout options, and humidity control systems.  While the insulation systems for these homes are more expensive, there is savings to be gained on HVAC.
Note: This workshop is geared towards residential and small-scale commercial buildings.

Cost: $250
ASU Student Cost: $200
Location: Appalachian State University Campus, College of Education Building - Room 124 A, park at College Street Parking Deck
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 7 LU|HSW, 7 PDH
All attendess will receive a Certificate of Completion


Jeff Tiller


Jeff Tiller is the Chair of the Technology and Environmental Design Department at Appalachian State University and the founder of Building Performance Engineering, Inc. Before becoming chair, Jeff directed undergraduate and graduate Building Science programs at ASU and has worked on the development of the North Carolina State Energy Plan.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, Jeff was co-founder and served as Presient of Southface Energy Institute, a non-profit corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeff has conducted hundreds of seminars, courses, workshops, and presentations on energy conservation and solar energy applications in residential and commercial buildings. He has also written numerous Builders' Guides on high performance construction.

Jeff is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, a LEED-accredited professional, and a RESNET-certified HERS Rater.

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