This on-demand course is eligible for the following continuing professional development (CPD) credits:
15 CPD Points through BC Housing
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.
Envelope Fundamentals (EF) takes 12 to 18 hours to complete (including reviews, quizzes, etc.)
You have 6 weeks to finish this course 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 hard to see all the detail on a phone!
Sales within Canada are subject to GST/HST
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