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An Introduction to Building Science and the Difficulties With Getting to Net Zero
with Tom McLaughlin
This course will introduce some of the basics of building science as it relates to health and energy efficiency. It will include a history of the efforts to make buildings more energy efficient, and the pitfalls encountered along the way. The focus will be on the specific issues that need to be addressed in the New England climate to create a healthy, comfortable, and very energy efficient home.
Tom has worked in construction/contracting for over 30 years. He has also earned a degree in biology and taught science for eight years. Over time he came to realize that homes have a huge impact on the environment as well as the health of those who live in them. During his quest to learn how to build the ideal house for both occupant health and energy efficiency he earned certification as a PHIUS certified builder as well as the ICC, and has spent many hours researching building science.