Pam and I attended the EEBA (Energy & Environmental Building Alliance) "Houses That Work" session yesterday, and we were thrilled to discover how many of Fasse bldgs. current building techniques, technologies, and practices were considered ahead of the curve in our current market. Based on years of field research from the US Department of Energy's Building America Program, Houses That Work™ delivers education based on that experience for improved building performance and increased profitability. The climate-specific content included measurement tools, design concepts, application demonstrations and case studies.
Some of the topics we examined in more detail included:
- Elements of high performance homes and how they help respond to code compliance and the many changes in the residential construction industry and consumer expectations
- Fundamentals or air, heat and moisture flow and how they can be applied to make better material and methods decisions
- Building science as applied to attics, walls, windows, foundations and HVAC decisions to create high performance homes
- Building process changes needed to cost effectively implement high performance homes
- Health improvements and long term energy savings associated with innovations in building science
The session addressed critical home performance elements that exist as a system and are part of energy efficient homes. The fundamentals of building science ‐ air, heat and moisture flow – were outlined and applied to help participants make better choices with respect to construction materials and methods, especially when building in our wet, humid region. Important information about indoor air quality, including the basics of mold and other pollutant sources, and cost‐effective strategies to be able to offer healthier indoor environments was also discussed.
Fasse bldgs. is committed to building high performance, healthy homes with improved indoor air quality. We have been learning, practicing, and improving sustainability and energy efficiency for years and it is wonderful to attend a session such as this one and have the value of these implementations validated. We are excited about the progression of building science and we look forward to the future of even healthier, safer, more durable, high performing homes!
Big thanks to all the sponsors of this session, and to Rinnai for our invite!