Insulation manufacturer ROXUL Inc. has introduced its Energy Design Center (EDC) on its website. The EDC will serve as a one-stop hub for building industry professionals to access a wealth of resources, high-quality tools, training and tailored advisory services to unlock the energy savings potential of their buildings. Relevant to the North American market, the Energy Design Center is supported by a panel of international building science and energy-efficiency experts from industry and educational institutions.
In addition to providing direct and customized support to commercial building professionals, the Energy Design Center will provide comprehensive access to the latest third-party building science research, presentations, multi-media, case studies, product and service solutions, specification and application guides, technical and data sheets, industry news, events and more.
“The ROXUL EDC was created in direct consultation with architects, designers and specifiers to meet their real-world needs in an environment of ever-increasing energy targets, tighter building codes and legislation,” says Rockford Boyer, B. Arch. Sc., BSSO, North American manager, Energy Design Center, ROXUL Inc. “It is specifically aimed at helping them achieve the highest energy efficiency requirements without sacrificing other design and performance priorities, all while taking into account sustainability, durability and resiliency. The ROXUL EDC is rooted in science and innovation.”
ROXUL EDC services and resources are offered at no cost and focus on five core competencies:
- Building Science Expertise: Building enclosure analysis, detailing and material specifications.
- WUFI Modeling: 1-D transient hygrothermal analysis, heat, air and moisture analysis, roofing heat transfer models (climate-driven R-value).
- Thermal Bridging: THERM models (2-D) / HEAT 3 Models (3-D), overall U-value analysis, insulation detailing analysis.
- R-value Calculations: Code and standards compliance, overall effective R-value calculations, dew point analysis.
- Full Building Modeling: DesignBuilder and IES-VE energy modeling, included HVAC and electricity (default) and building envelope sensitivity analysis.
Plans are in place for the EDC to support a fully integrated education center, offering American Institute of Architects (AIA) accredited training courses that qualify for continuing education credits.
In the meantime, visitors to the ROXUL EDC can find advanced learnings on commercial building construction and building science topics, such as climate-driven R-value, continuous insulation, hybrid roofing systems, the implications of temperature-dependent thermal conductivity for exterior walls and insulated sheathing, draining balance testing and wall comparison, deflection testing of exterior wall attachments, hygrothermal simulations and analysis of solar-driven inward water vapor, the implications of temperature-dependent thermal conductivity for commercial roofing systems, the impact and benefits of membrane colour and roofing strategy on the performance of conventional roofing assemblies, and much more.