Thermal performance contributes to a range of important goals for most projects, including energy efficiency, comfort, durability, code compliance, structural integrity, and sustainable outcomes. Designing commercial and residential buildings with wood not only meets thermal performance requirements, it can also exceed these goals.
By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Discuss the thermal advantages of building with wood.
- Describe how designing with wood can enable design flexibility to maximize building thermal performance.
- Explain common methods for controlling heat and airflow in wood-frame and mass timber buildings.
- List common insulation, airtightness and vapor permeability strategies often employed with wood construction to achieve effective thermal efficiency.