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38CE - Schematic Design and Building Envelope Thermal Performance

24 May 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

In the complex world of building code energy efficiency compliance, architects often rely on energy modelling consultants to determine appropriate building envelope thermal performance levels. However, design sequencing and budgets dictates energy modelling to be completed after schematic design. Today, easy-to-use tools can highlight how schematic design decisions, building form, massing and exterior finishes impact building envelope thermal performance and overall energy efficiency. This presentation will look at case studies where this has successfully been implemented.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand energy efficiency code requirements as they relate to the building envelope.
  2. Understand how to perform building envelope thermal performance calculations. 
  3. Understand how the thermal performance of the building envelope influences future design decisions and overall energy efficiency of the building.
  4. Understand when to assess your building envelope’s thermal performance during the project design process.


Matthew Schiedel, B.Eng., and Tyler Simpson

Matthew Schiedel holds a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering with experience in construction, research, energy modelling, and consulting focused on heat transfer and residential zero-energy buildings. A published author, winner of the 2013 US DOE Solar Decathlon Engineering Contest with Team Ontario and designer of over a half-dozen Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) Net Zero Energy homes, Matt joined Owens Corning in February 2016.

Involved in the residential and commercial construction industry for seven years, Tyler Simpson’s educational background includes a diploma in architectural technology from Mohawk College and a degree in civil engineering from McMaster University. He represents Owens Corning on the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) and Ontario Home Builders Association (OHBA) technical committees. Through extensive educational background and developing in-field knowledge, he is able to provide detailed solutions for building envelope design and acoustical assemblies.

 This session is sponsored by Zip Systems.