Houses are systems and understanding how the individual components interact is critical for success. This module focuses on the physics of how Heat, Air and Moisture flow, and how to use this knowledge for peak performance. Applying these principles leads to knowing how to diagnosis a building failure, comprehend a given product’s viability, optimize a system’s operation and design for all-around performance in terms of efficiency, control, comfort and health.
• Understand the concepts of Houses = Systems
• Grasp how Heat flows from hot to cold by conduction, convection and radiation
• Appreciate how Air moves through holes caused by pressure differences (wind, stack, fans)
• Value how Moisture goes from wet to dry in liquid (bulk, capillarity) or vapor (infiltration, diffusion)