Envelope Fundamentals


If you are registering a group of 2-5, receive 20% off by using the discount code EFGROUP20 at checkout. For larger groups please go to our on-demand course plans.

Course Overview

The house works as a system made up of different construction components and assemblies that are affected by heat, moisture and air flows. Take a deeper dive into the components and dynamics of the building envelope.

Envelope Fundamentals focuses on how the building envelope affects the comfort, health and safety of the people who use the building.

The condition of the building envelope - the foundation, walls, floors, windows, doors, and ceiling or roof that enclose the conditioned space of the house - affects everything from occupant health to structural safety. How a building envelope behaves, or performs, impacts energy efficiency, durability, comfort and indoor air quality.

The course is made up of seven online modules. Each module includes a downloadable study guide. See the full list of modules and content here. There is a review and a quiz at the end of each module to help you gauge your understanding of the topics covered. You can review any section or topic in any module as many times as you require.

Once you have completed all seven modules, you take the final test, which you may only take once.

A grade of at least 70% earns you a Certificate of Achievement.

Anyone in the home renovation or new construction industry can benefit from BHE’s cheap and cheerful online training. Envelope Fundamentals is especially good for insulation installers. Learn on your own time!

Download the Course Description & Outline

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the House as a System Concept

  • Interpret the role of sustainable development in construction

  • Explain how building science affects building durability and occupant comfort

  • Categorize the signs, symptoms and solutions for good indoor air quality

  • Recognize building envelope details and how they control or contribute to heat, air, and moisture flows

  • Discuss, at a high level, the properties and features of residential mechanical systems

Course Details

  • Envelope Fundamentals (EF) takes 12 to 18 hours to complete (including reviews, quizzes, etc.)

  • Like all BHE courses, you have access for a full 12 months.

  • The course is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. It works on tablets, but it’s hard to see all the detail on a phone!

  • Sales within Canada are subject to GST/HST

Completing this course qualifies you for:

BC: Housing 16 Continuing Professional Development points

BPI: 16 Continuing Education Units