Building Science Fundamentals

Brantley May

Building Scientist, Indoor Environmentalist

Krishna Das Achath

Professional Engineer, Council-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
An introductory course to the concepts of building science; the science of how buildings and mechanical systems affect a building's comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, longevity, and more.
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What's included?

  • 6 Chapters
  • Dual Certification
  • Practice Quizzes
  • 4 Hours of Video
  • Full PDF Study Guide

Become a Pro Inspector

You will learn basic concepts of building science such as Psychrometry, Thermodynamics, and air pressure that can be implemented in proper inspection and building techniques.  

See Real World Examples

Once you learn the concepts, you will see real-world examples of how the concepts can change a building for better or for worse.

What am I going to learn?

Outstanding features for highly customizable Courses, Units, Lessons, and Quizzes.

Heat Transfer

  • Conduction
  • Radiation
  • Thermal Bypass Issues
  • Energy Loss
  • Considering Climates

Moisture Transfer

  • Bulk Water
  • Air Transport
  • Vapor Diffusion
  • Dew Point
  • Relative Humidity

Air Transfer

  • Air Pressure
  • Causes of Pressure Imbalances
  • Stack Effect
  • Condensation Issues

Building Construction

  • Basics of the Building Envelope
  • Basics of Mechanical Systems
  • Common Points of Failure

 Certification included

  • Certificate of Completion

    Approved 6-hour continuing education for:
    • ACAC: CRMI
Meet the instructor

Brantley May

Brantley is a Building Scientist and Council-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant with a specialty in Mycology and certified by the McCrone Research Institute and the Oshner Medical Center for the examination and identification of fungal spores and pollen via microscopy.

Brantley is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst, Building Envelope Professional, and Infiltration and Duct Leakage Expert. Brantley also holds several certifications related to the identification of Mycotoxins, Water Damage, Odor Control, Structural Drying, Infectious Disease Control, and Energy efficiency issues and is a student of Mechanical Engineering.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor

Krishna Das Achath

Krishna is a Professional Engineer with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in psychrometric and air pressure building forensics.

  • Registered Professional Engineer (FL PE 81966, TX PE 108442)
  • Certified Geo-Exchange Designer (CGD-In Traning)
  • CIEC (Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant)
  • CMRS (Certified Mold Remediation Supervisor)
  • State-licensed Mold Assessor and Continuing Education Provider
Patrick Jones - Course author

Frequently asked questions

Do I need prior knowledge of building science?

No! This course is designed in a way that teaches newcomers and experienced contractors/consultants simultaneously. However, it would be handy to have a basic level of construction (words like studs, shingles, insulation, ductwork, etc.)

How long do I have access to the course content?

Once purchased, you will have 60 days to consume all the content in the course. The course is designed so that you can work on bits and pieces at a time, or knock it out in two days! It's completely up to you.

How do I receive my certificate?

Once all the course material is completed, a certificate will be automatically issued to you.

What is my next step after taking this course?

This course is designed to teach you the basics of building science. We believe the concepts of building science are necessary to move forward in almost any sector of the construction or inspection industry. Once this course is complete, you will have the fundamental concepts to apply towards your desired field. This could be home inspections, energy auditing, blower door testing, mold inspection, indoor environmental assessments, building construction, HVAC, and more.

What if I have questions about concepts I don't understand?

The instructors for the course are available for any questions you may have. Additionally, each video has a section to add questions and comments so that you can engage with the instructors and other students on topics specific to the content at hand.