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A Systematic View of the Exterior Wall (0BSP21)

Course Description:

This program guides the participant in an integrated approach, helping them to develop a plan in which systems and materials work together. Proper design and installation of framing, sheathing, siding, insulation, airflow retarders, and vapor retarders can provide a comprehensive solution to minimize, if not eliminate, heat and moisture-related problems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the exterior wall system, and its importance for the house and its occupants
  • Describe the roles of airflow retarders and vapor diffusion retarders in the control of moisture flow through the exterior wall system
  • Describe four kinds of insulation, and explain some of the factors that enable insulation to perform optimally in the exterior wall system
  • Discuss four kinds of framing materials and two kinds of sheathing materials in terms of their effect on the exterior wall system
  • Describe how window performance is measured and enhanced
  • Explain the importance of caulking, flashing, and gaskets and some of the roles they play in the exterior wall system
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of seven kinds of siding materials
Credits: AIA 1 AIA (HSW HSW)

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