Building Science Basics (BSB) is the introduction to the house as a system with respect to energy efficiency. This system is made up of the building envelope, surrounding environment, and occupants.
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Upon completion you will know how these components are affected by the interactions of heat, air and moisture flow in a house, and how those interactions impact indoor air quality and the need for ventilation.
The course has three modules. You can download the course outline here. Each module has a quiz at the end. You need at least a 70% grade in the quiz at the end of each module to proceed to the next (there is no limit on quiz attempts).
Once you pass the third module you take the final test, which you may only take once.
A grade of at least 70% earns you a Blue House Energy Certificate of Achievement.
Successful completion of BSB (US) will earn you 4.5 BPI Continuing Education Units. Find out how to claim your CEUs here.
If you wish to earn CEUs for other (non-BPI) certification organizations in the US, purchase Building Science Basics through GreenHome Institute.
For more details about BHE online training, check out our FAQs.
BSB takes about 9 hours to complete (including reviews, quizzes, etc.)
You have 4 weeks to finish BSB from when you first begin (...but you can contact us if you need an extension)
- Like all BHE courses, you have access to the online modules for a full 12 months after you complete the course.
The course is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. It works on tablets, but it’s really hard to see all the detail on a phone!
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At the end of the course, you will understand:
Concept of the ‘House as a System’ and how it relates to building science
Various ways that heat, air and moisture flow affect a house
Neutral pressure plane
Factors that impact indoor air quality
Methods of evaluating a house for indoor air quality
Methods of controlling moisture and pollutants in a number of situations
Need for ventilation
Three types of ventilation systems
Signs of combustion spillage
Radon mitigation procedures
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