PHRC Webinars

Thermal Bridging in Residential Construction

5/12/2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Brian Wolfgang


Link to Webinar:


The desire to build more efficient buildings has driven the construction industry toward new and modified construction practices over the past two decades. As buildings have become more efficient, the strategies for reducing energy consumption have become more detailed and increasingly complex. In order to optimize the energy efficiency of standard platform light frame construction, builders and designers have been forced to address thermal bridging’s role in the performance of residential structures. This webinar will take a look at how much of an effect thermal bridging has on energy efficiency, as well as the effectiveness of current strategies for reducing heat loss through these bridges.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the fundamental thermodynamic principles that allow for thermal bridges to occur in light frame platform construction.

• Identify current construction methods and assemblies that aim to reduce the effect that thermal bridging has on the efficiency and affordability of housing.

• Utilize various methods, including infrared thermography, to demonstrate the location and effect of thermal bridging in residential construction.

• Examine the role of building codes and above code programs in reducing operating costs for building occupants.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours


Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



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