Flixo Course – Model Thermal Bridges for High Performance Buildings
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“Great course! The Flixo training provided by Rolf and Chris gave me and other staff at NK Architects the hands-on base to prepare meaningful Thermal Bridge analyses. By integrating guided use of Flixo software with the standards required for Passive House certification, I am prepared to perform a key analysis function for high-performance building design.”
- Joe Giampietro, NK Architects
"We are extremely satisfied. It is incredible how much easier and more practical Flixo is than the software we previously used. Absolutely fantastic.”
- Florian Speier, Zola European Windows
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. For
first time users/purchasers of Flixo, you are eligible to include a 1-yr Flixo
Energy Plus license & usb dongle to your registration (a $578 CAD value) for
$245 CAD. Course
limited to first 16 registered.
1) Identifying Thermal Bridges
a. Types of Thermal Bridges
b. Visual examples of common details
c. Discussion of techniques to reduce psi values.
d. Determining which thermal bridges need to be modeled
Qualitative and quantitative assessment
2) Thermal Bridge Protocols
a. Overview of modeling and psi value calculation process.
b. Standard boundary conditions
c. Material properties
d. Geometry requirements
e. Reference points
f. Calculation and use of equivalent U-values within models.
g. Entering psi-values in WUFI Passive and PHPP
3) Flixo Walk-through
4) In class demonstrations of modeling for several important thermal bridge types
a. Exterior and interior wall corners
b. Rim joists
c. Roof eaves
d. Foundations (slabs and footings)
f. Windows (sill, header, jamb)
g. Special cases: Unheated and heated basements
5) Tips and Tricks for Projects with Large Amounts of Thermal Bridges
6) Flixo Practice
a. 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
Continuing Education: 16 Passive House Institute (PHI) CPD credits will be given for attendance to the course
Location: Small Planet Supply,105 - 334 East Kent Avenue South Vancouver, BC V5X 4N6
Course Times: 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Course Requirements: Laptop with Flixo 8 demo. Flixo demo works on PCs with Windows installed or Macs with Windows installed (via Bootcamp, not other Virtual Machines). The paid version of Flixo supports virtual machines on both Windows and Mac.
Cancellation Policy: 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.
Rolf is a Research Fellow for the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota as well as 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.