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Building Science: Best Practice Designs for NZE Commercial Buildings

January 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Description

California has a goal that all new commercial construction will be Net Zero Energy by 2030. This class focuses on practical, cost-effective ways offset the amount of renewable energy systems through an efficient enclosure system. In recent years “green buildings” have been criticized because their energy performance has not lived up to expectations of their owners. New energy codes, green codes, as well as green building programs like LEED, put more scrutiny on energy efficiency than ever before.

This class focuses on the performance characteristics of new building enclosure approaches and technologies to create enclosures that manage thermal and moisture loads to ensure building durability as well as energy efficiency. This class will demonstrate methods to enhance and integrate the four control layers required in commercial buildings:

  • ¬†Water control layer, weather resistive barriers
  • Air control layer, approaches to effective air barrier systems
  • Thermal control layer, fenestration and insulation systems
  • Vapor control layer, vapor retarder classes and requirements
  • Fenestration options, insulation systems as well the importance of a well-designed air barrier system and their installation will be covered.


This interactive class is designed to sort through the myriad of envelope choices in order to match the best insulation/air & water barrier system to the type of structure.

About the Speaker

Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals and their trade partners. His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability, performance, and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs.



January 22
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


SoCal Gas Energy Resource Center
9240 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241 United States
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