The Brick Industry Association has created a new online course for architects in conjunction with AEC Daily. This free, self-paced course, “Boosting Energy Performance in Brick Walls,” is BIA’s first partner course with AEC Daily and is part of their Daily Course Collections.

BIA’s new course provides an overview of designing for energy efficiency in brick masonry construction, including best practices for insulating the building envelope, avoiding thermal bridges and condensation, and using passive heating and cooling strategies.

“Partnering with AEC Daily offers architects the latest information and guidelines on maximizing brick wall energy performance, while making the course available to more industry professionals,” said course presenter Brian E. Trimble, CDT, PE, LEED AP, BIA’s regional vice president, engineering services and architectural outreach.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
  • List the methods of heat transfer, the factors that affect heat transfer, as well as the effective strategies used to reduce heat transmission
  • Define the basic properties of heat loss and heat gain, including the principles of R-value, U-value, thermal mass, air barriers, and condensation
  • Discuss where thermal bridges occur and the best practices for improving the energy efficiency of a brick wall assembly
  • List the energy codes that pertain to building construction as well as the available compliance options
  • Describe the various types of passive heating/cooling strategies that can be implemented to reduce a building’s energy requirement

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