[GSBN] Building heat loss to the ground

Mark Piepkorn duckchow at potkettleblack.com
Fri Aug 29 09:22:09 CDT 2014

Some of you, perhaps many of you, know Marc Rosenbaum personally or by 
reputation. He's a total building science geek PE with particular care 
for and experience in places that experience harsh winters. He's part of 
South Mountain Company with John Abrams and a whole cast of good 
characters, a principal of Energysmiths, and has a blog worth watching.

In the spirit of the delight of continuing education, I share this:

He's giving a free open online lecture on September 4th about heat loss 
to the ground, a thing that can be perplexing. "Building heat loss to 
the ground is not as straightforward as heat loss to the outdoor air. As 
buildings become increasingly well insulated, understanding ground heat 
loss becomes more important. This presentation is for architects, 
builders, and others who want to have a better idea about how buildings 
interact thermally with the ground and how to calculate heat loss to the 
ground." More info and free sign up here:

He's also going to be running a deep 10-week online course (not free) on 
building science, solar energy, superinsulated construction, 
ventilation, renewable energy, and low energy use mechanical systems. 
More details about that at
(You can register free to "Test Drive" the course  - see a list of all 
the course materials, and get access to some of the videos and assignments.)


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