THERM Training for Modeling Building Enclosure Assemblies

  • November 25, 2013
  • 8:30 AM
  • November 26, 2013
  • 4:00 PM
  • Manitoba Hydro Place - 360 Portage Avenue
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MBEC and Manitoba Hydro are pleased to offer:

THERM Training for Modeling Building Enclosure Assemblies

What:    Two-day training session on building enclosure heat transfer simulations.

When:   November 25 & 26, 2013      (8:30 AM - 4:00 PM)

Where:  Manitoba Hydro Place – 360 Portage Avenue

Who:     architects, engineers, building modelers, code officials, building systems suppliers, window manufacturers

Participation is limited to a maximum of 25 people per day.


  • To equip professionals with an overview of the tools to calculate effective U-values of building enclosure assemblies, including walls, roofs and fenestration
  • Energy code compliance: calculation of effective U-values is a requirement of the National Energy Code for Buildings (2011), pending adoption in Manitoba.
  • Use outputs from THERM to input into building modeling or heat loss/gain software
  • The software is an industry standard and is available for free

Course Topics

Day 1: Opaque Enclosure Elements

  • Overview of calculating thermal performance of opaque enclosure elements (effective R-values), relationship to
  • whole building energy consumption, and code requirements
  • THERM 101 – Overview of drawing, boundary conditions, simulating, viewing results
  • Simulating typical wall and roof assemblies in THERM – work through examples such as steel studs, wood frame, exterior
  • insulated assemblies
  • Modeling 3D in 2D – effective conductivities, slab edge and balcony simulation examples, introduction to 3D heat transfer modeling
  • Overall R-value and U-value calculations for a building – assemblies, area takeoffs, area weighted U-value calculations

Day 2: Fenestration

  • Overview of calculating thermal performance for fenestration, relationship to whole building energy consumption, and code requirements
  • Using WINDOW to model centre of glazing U-values
  • Using THERM to model frame and edge U-values
  • Using WINDOW to calculate overall product performance
  • Overall U-value calculations for commercial glazing and project-specific configurations

Note: You will be required to bring a laptop with the THERM software pre-loaded at the start of each day. More information on preparation for the course will be provided at a later date after registration is confirmed.


Brittany Hanam, P.Eng., BEMP, LEED AP BD+C

Brittany Hanam is a building science engineer with RDH Engineering Ltd., who specializes in energy efficiency. Her work experience comprises a range of projects including energy assessments, modeling, research, and guideline development related to energy efficiency. She performs heat transfer simulations of building enclosure components to assess the energy performance of existing buildings or new building designs. As well, she performs whole building energy modeling to evaluate and provide recommendations for measures to reduce building energy consumption.


MBEC members: $200 per day, or $350 both days

Non members:    $225 per day, or $375 both days

Registration deadline: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

** To ensure a positive learning environment, capacity for each class is limited to 25 people. **

** Your payment must be received prior to the start of the course to confirm your registration **

If registration is full, please notify MBEC if you would like to be added to a waiting list and indicate which topic (day 1 or 2) you are interested in. An additional day may be added depending on demand.

For more information on topics relating to the two-day THERM training, please contact Harry Schroeder at

To become a member of MBEC or if you have a question about registration, contact MBEC

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