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Managing Radiant Heat in Buildings


Provider: DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Systems

Program#: MRH1

Program: Managing Radiant Heat in Buildings

Length: 1 hour

Credits: 1 LU Hour

HSW: Yes

Program Description:

The course will present the latest developments in radiant heat management in buildings. Three different heat transfer mechanisms in buildings – conduction, convection and radiation – will be reviewed but the main focus will be radiation. Radiation is probably the least known and least understood heat transfer mechanism yet is responsible for significant energy losses or gains in buildings in all, not just hot, climates. Traditional radiant barrier technology will be examined and an analysis of the pros and cons of using such barriers will be presented. Innovative ways of combined management of radiant heat and moisture in buildings will be introduced. Practical, field-tested solutions for managing radiant heat will be provided.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the building physics of radiation and radiant heat flow.
  2. Understand the fundamental role and performance of radiant barriers.
  3. Learn how to manage radiant heat in buildings in different climates.
  4. Learn practical solutions that can address and resolve radiant heat and moisture flow in building at the same time.

Teaching Method

The CES facilitator utilizes a PowerPoint presentation. An interactive session quizzes the audience on the basic material covered in this seminar to increase the learning experience. Printed handouts are often provided to aide information retention.

A/V Needed

Electrical power and a screen for the presentation. The CES facilitator supplies the laptop and projector.

Target Audience

Architects, Design Professionals, Specifiers, Owners, Contractors, Code Officials, Building Envelope Consultants, and Students. This program meets every experience level and allows time for questions and answers.

Instructor Qualifications

All DuPont™ Tyvek® Specialists have received in-depth training on CES guidelines and this presentation in addition to Building Science, Specifications and the overall Building Design Process.


There is no cost to bring this program to you, your firm or chapter meeting.