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Designing for Long Term Below Grade Thermal Performance

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Designing for Long Term Below Grade Thermal Performance

November 18, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Live webinar sponsored by the Air Barrier Association of America


This course explores design choices to meet energy code and thermal insulation selection strategies to maximize long term building performance for below grade design. Factors influencing the performance of an insulation in its application include manufacturing, as in product types, R-values, moisture absorption, temperature of the soil, aging, and quality of installation will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize benefits of insulating foundation walls and slabs.
  2. Familiarize audience with current energy code requirements.
  3. Compare and contrast Exterior and Interior Below Grade Wall insulation methods.
  4. Examine below grade insulation options, with particular emphasis on insulation production methods.

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Guy Titley

Guy Titley serves as Senior Research Engineer for DuPont’s Safety and Construction business. With a focus on building science, he expertise includes Thermal and moisture protection, extruded polystyrene insulation, commercial and residential applications and residential home inspection. Guy’s career has included progressive roles in research and technical consulting. Guy hold’s a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Ottawa.



Dr. Valentina Woodcraft

Dr. Valentina Woodcraft is an accomplished Research and Development Scientist with the DuPont Performance Building Solutions. Throughout her career, Dr. Woodcraft has been responsible for leading development, and implementation of innovative experimental methods and techniques in field of thermal management building envelope materials, from fundamental research to field performance analysis. Her recent work on hygrothermal behavior modeling of closed cell foams. She has been a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Microsopy & Microanalysis Society, and the American Physics Society. Outside DuPont, she had contributed her expertise to ANSI technical committee TC-163 as well as to ASTM. Valentina holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics from the University of Tennessee. Her hobbies include home improvement remodeling, educational outreach to local community, learning new skills, and empowering people to reach for their dreams.



November 18, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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