Flixo Course – Model Thermal Bridges for High Performance Buildings (Pittsburgh)
March 29 @ 9:00 am - March 30 @ 4:30 pm EDT$760.00 – $1130.00
Shifting our office to Flixo has been hugely successful. Being able to execute more projects in less time and reduce errors has improved our workflow immeasurably. The flexibility of Flixo has also meant that moving through design iterations is much simpler which helps us to deliver better details and more accurate simulation results to our clients.
– Ed May, BLDGtyp
In this 2-day course, participants will explore thermal bridge modeling using Flixo to be able to understand the impact of design details on the energy performance of High Performance Buildings/ Passive House Buildings. We will first cover the concepts and protocols for thermal bridge modeling. Then, participants will have the opportunity to model several common thermal bridge types using Flixo, with guidance from the instructors. By the end of the course, participants will have completed at least five thermal bridge models. All participants should arrive with the 30-day free Flixo Trial software (version 8) pre-loaded on their computer. Course limited to first 20 registered.
Identifying Thermal Bridges
- Types of Thermal Bridges
- Visual examples of common details
- Discussion of techniques to reduce psi values.
- Determining which thermal bridges need to be modeled
- Qualitative and quantitative assessment
Thermal Bridge Protocols
- Overview of modeling and psi value calculation process.
- Standard boundary conditions
- Material properties
- Geometry requirements
- Reference points
- Calculation and use of equivalent U-values within models.
- Entering psi-values in WUFI Passive and PHPP
In Class Demonstrations of Modeling for Several Important Thermal Bridge Types
- Exterior and interior wall corners
- Rim joists
- Roof eaves
- Foundations (slabs and footings)
- Windows (sill, header, jamb)
- Special cases: Unheated basement
Tips and Tricks for Projects with Large Amounts of Thermal Bridges
- Individual/small-team modeling projects using selected details from real projects
Intended Audience: Architects, engineers, energy modelers, Passive House consultants, designers and other building professionals who want to build on their skills of thermal bridge modeling.
Competency: Intermediate, Professional
Prerequisites: Some familiarity with thermal bridges
Rolf is a Research Fellow for the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota and a CPHC. He learned how to model and calculate thermal bridge heat loss while studying Passive House enclosures for his Masters of Science thesis in Norway. As part of the thesis, he developed a comparison of typical thermal bridge details for 8 different Passive House enclosure types. Since 2011 Rolf has provided thermal bridge modeling for a variety of commercial and residential projects including certified Passive Houses.
Chris is a CPHD & Trainer with Regenerative Design LLC and a Certifier with CertiPHIers Cooperative. He has provided design support and energy modeling services since 2008. Through CertiPHIers, Chris has certified Passive House projects in the US and Canada. In addition to his work with CertiPHIers, Chris teaches sustainable design, energy modeling, and renewable energy. He holds a MS in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.
Early Bird Registration (before March 4) without Flixo License: $760
Early Bird Registration (before March 4) with 1-yr Flixo Energy Plus & Dongle: $950
Regular Registration (after March 4) without Flixo License: $940
Regular Registration (after March 4) with 1-yr Flixo Energy Plus & USB Dongle: $1130
Green Building Alliance member, NAPHN member, or PHWPA board member discount without Flixo License: $840
Green Building Alliance member, NAPHN member, or PHWPA board member discount with 1-yr Flixo Energy Plus & Dongle: $1030
Note: The discounted 1-yr license & dongle is only available to first-time users/purchasers of Flixo and is dependent on full completion & participation in the course. USB dongles with license will be provided on the first day of the course.
16 Passive House Institute (PHI) CPD credits will be given for attendance to the course
Laptop with Flixo 8 demo. Flixo works on PCs with Windows installed or Macs with Windows installed (via Bootcamp, not other Virtual Machine).
If you cancel your registration more than three weeks from the scheduled course, you will receive 100% of your course fee. If you cancel between one and three weeks of the scheduled course, you will receive 50% of the course fee. If you cancel within a week of the scheduled course, you will forfeit your course fee.