Building Science


Building science is the collection of knowledge and experience that focuses on the analysis and control of the physical phenomena affecting buildings and architecture. It traditionally includes the detailed analysis of building materials and building envelope systems.

Scalable (Near-Zero Energy) Multifamily Retrofits: A Case Study

Here’s the backstory on “Scalable Multifamily Retrofits”, a new free course presented by Chris Benedict, Margo Valdes, and Ian Shapiro, offered in partnership with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Energiesprong and practitioners selected by RetrofitNY are developing standardized and scalable methods to achieve whole-building near-zero energy retrofits while maintaining multifamily tenants in place. Energiesprong, based in […]

Unvented Roofs Without Spray Foam: A New Free Course

Here’s the backstory on “Unvented Roofs Without Spray Foam”, a new free course taught by Kohta Ueno and offered in partnership with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and Building Science Corporation:

Back in 2016, the Building Science Corporation team started a multiyear experiment, sponsored by Building America, on unvented roofs without spray foam or exterior rigid […]

Are Heat Pumps a Form of Renewable Energy?

It’s common for policymakers to argue that heat pumps are not a form of renewable energy, says John Siegenthaler, instructor of HeatSpring’s Application of Air-to-Water Heat Pumps for Hydronic Heating & Cooling course.

In response to such claims, he argues that heat pumps are indeed renewable sources of energy because they draw from an untapped and […]

October 28th, 2020|Categories: Building Science, Hydronic Heating, Mechanical Engineering, Sustainable Building||

Comfortable, Resilient Net-Zero Buildings Aren’t Just Residential

Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center achieved zero net energy building status due to its passive solar orientation, high levels of insulation, airtight envelope and triple glazed windows. The building also includes air source heat pumps, and a 118-kW rooftop solar array capable of generating more than enough energy to meet the center’s needs on an […]

Zero Net Energy Buildings with Marc Rosenbaum is Back!

I am so excited to announce that renowned Zero Net Energy (ZNE) expert Marc Rosenbaum is back with a newly updated version of his best selling Zero Net Energy Buildings course.

It has been a long hiatus since our last session with Marc Rosenbaum back in 2016 but during its run this was one of our […]