Building Science Principles in Action: Answers to Your Everyday Questions

Building Science Principles in Action: Answers to Your Everyday Questions

Building science involves the study of how heat, air, and moisture interact with primary building systems, including the building enclosure. It is a critical design consideration focusing on the interaction between the building enclosure, interior space, and exterior climate conditions that can have significant impacts on building performance, durability, and occupant experience. Practical applications of building science principles often play out in a complex manner on each project, making it seem difficult to predict how and when certain design choices apply. While the individual scientific principles are seemingly straightforward, their interdependency in practice given project-specific detailing and context can be complicated, meaning that building science solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Informed by new design practice and investigation, this presentation will touch on the basics of applying building science concepts to building enclosure design. The presentation will also explore, through a series of project examples and industry practices, everyday building science questions and solutions that are often situationally dependent.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key building science principles that apply to building enclosure design.
  • Understand how building enclosures manage heat, air, water, and vapor flow.
  • Recognize the interdependency of building science concepts.
  • Recognize building science-related consequences and performance impacts of select building enclosure design choices.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Caroline Klatman
Caroline Klatman | Senior Consulting Engineer

Caroline Klatman designs, investigates, and rehabilitates building enclosures for new and existing buildings. She is an active member of SGH’s Building Science practice group, performs U-factor and condensation analyses, and specializes in hygrothermal modeling of wall and roof systems.

Sarah Rentfro
Sarah Rentfro | Senior Consulting Engineer

Sarah Rentfro specializes in heat, air, and water vapor transfer analysis and performance modeling of enclosure assemblies and their transitions as a member of SGH’s Building Science practice group. She is experienced in designing and integrating complex building enclosure systems, including roofs, exterior walls, contemporary cladding assemblies, and fenestration, with an emphasis on performance efficiency and constructability.