Building science is the collection of scientific knowledge and experience that focuses on the analysis and control of the physical phenomena affecting buildings and architecture. It traditionally includes the detailed analysis of building materials and building envelope systems. When educated on the dynamics of heat, cold, moisture and wind, choices can be made to optimize the performance of a building envelope system.
The greatest amount of this county’s fuel resources goes into the heating and cooling of our buildings. Regulating that fuel consumption is one of the driving forces behind building science. Lower fuel bills, more comfortable working and living spaces, smaller carbon footprint, these are among the many benefits that can be attained by controlling energy consumption through better insulating and air sealing systems.
So no matter where the emphasis lies, building science knowledge helps architects, builders and home owners determine the best way to protect their buildings from Mother Nature’s worst.