What is Building Science?
Building Science is the branch of science dealing with construction, maintenance, safety, and energy efficiency
of buildings (Krigger: glossary). By incorporating building science topics or lessons into the curriculum, you
bring real life situations into the classroom. It is important to inform students (future home buyers) to
recognize a healthy home.
To learn more, visit www.buildingscience.com,
which provides objective, high-quality information about buildings. This resource combines building physics,
systems design concepts, and an awareness of sustainability to promote the design and construction of buildings
that are more durable, healthier, more sustainable and more economical than most buildings built today.
Renewable Energy in Building Science Conceptual Framework
Since a consistent building science curriculum does not exist at the high school level in Wisconsin, this framework
was produced as a reference tool for teachers to use when developing their coursework. This framework serves as the
foundation for a curriculum. The concepts contained within the framework provide the basis for a strong, organized
and comprehensive curriculum.
In an effort to provide
learning concepts in the evolving fields of building science and
renewable energy, this framework aims to assist educators in building a
curriculum that best fits the needs of their unique education programs.
As this framework develops, we welcome constructive feedback and
encourage teachers and curriculum developers to assist with
modifications to make this reference tool even more comprehensive and
useful for the classroom.
This framework and its
concepts were derived from multiple sources, including energy education
and renewable energy experts, organizations and resources, which are
listed in the acknowledgment section.
Download Framework (pdf)
Download the Review Form (docx)
Revisions will be ongoing as the document continues to be improved. We appreciate your feedback.
In classrooms and construction sites across the state, technology education students are gaining the skills they
will need to become effective members of tomorrow's building workforce. Led by innovative educators and community
partners, these students are learning what it takes to be outstanding employees. Student-built home projects in
Wisconsin may not be as numerous as science fairs, but they offer similar benefits in hands-on learning. Through KEEP
and Focus on Energy, technology education teachers are accessing energy efficiency training and techniques to pass
on to their students. From choosing high efficiency furnaces to integrating foam insulation and thorough caulking,
technology education students are discovering that energy efficient home building is superior and yet no more
difficult than other methods. These educators armed with the latest energy information and their enthusiastic students
will pave the way to a more energy efficient future for Wisconsin.
Websites of School Construction Programs:
Adams-Friendship High School: http://www.afasd.net/ (house build slideshow on homepage)
Baraboo School District: http://www.baraboo.k12.wi.us/
Craig High School, Janesville: http://craighighschool.org/chs/Departments/TechEd/tabid/88/Default.aspx
De Pere: http://www.depere.k12.wi.us/hsweb/
D.C. Everest, Weston: http://www1.dce.k12.wi.us/srhigh/FFA/construction.htm
Hartford Union: www.huhs.org/vision/
Minocqua - Lakeland Union: http://www.luhs.k12.wi.us/page/2458
Mt. Horeb: http://www.mhasd.k12.wi.us/Page/563
Parker High School, Janesville: http://www.janesvilleparker.org/Departments/TechnologyEducation/AdvancedConstruction/tabid/490/Default.aspx
Stevens Point Area Senior High/P.J. Jacobs Jr. High:www.wisp.k12.wi.us/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=1834&
Sheboygan North and South: http://teachers.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/jgrunewald/houseproject/
Sun Prairie: www.sunprairie.k12.wi.us/Home_Construct.cfm#d52409
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
The professionals of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
are trained to identify the cause of problems or potential problems in your
home and provide you with solutions.
The first step in the process is to schedule an in-home
evaluation. Expert consultants will conduct a thorough inspection of all the
systems in your home and identify problems and their sources. You'll receive
an objective, third-party diagnosis and a report of recommended solutions.
Once all work is completed, a post-performance evaluation
and inspection are completed so you know things have changed for the better.
Whatever the situation, the comfort, safety and durability of your home
remain top priority. Cash-Back Rewards are also available on select
Visit the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR website.
Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Homes
Wisconsin ENERGY STAR®
Homes Program uses the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA) strict guidelines for energy efficiency as a basis of
the certification process for each home. In addition,
homes must comply with specific building requirements for
final certification from the Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Homes
Program. Four basic areas of building science and
performance are addressed through the certification process:
Air flow, Heat flow, Moisture flow, and Indoor air quality.
When implemented, the standards and guidelines can enhance a
home's comfort, safety, durability, and energy efficiency.
The goal of students building Wisconsin
ENERGY STAR Homes is to promote awareness about the
environment, energy efficiency, and health, while teaching
the students how to build quality homes. These students will
be building tomorrow's residential inventory. By partnering
with an accredited consultant to provide guidance through
the Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Homes certification process,
students are gaining the experience and knowledge needed to
succeed in the homebuilding business.
KEEP is here to help your student-built home project become
energized! We can connect you with the Wisconsin ENERGY STAR
Homes consultant in your area. Contact Sara Windjue for
information at 715.346.4163 or
Focus on Energy
website and click on
The schools listed below have built Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Homes or remodeled/added
an addition to a home to the
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR standards.
Appleton School District
Hartford Union High School
Kiel High School - Home Performance
La Follette High School
Lakeland Union High School
Lincoln High School
Mauston High School
Merrill High School
Northland Pines High School
Oconomowoc High School
Parker and Craig High Schools
P.J. Jacobs Junior High
Rhinelander High School
Shawano High School
Sheboygan North & South
Stanley-Boyd high School
Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH)
Sun Prairie High School
Case Study in Building Science:
Madison La Follette High School (PDF)
Case Study in Building Science: Sun Prairie High School (PDF)
Case Study in Building Science: Stevens Point Area School District
Renewable Ready Homes
Energy prices are only predicted to rise. Insulate
yourself from future spikes in energy costs and take your savings
potential to the next level; build your Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Home
renewable ready. Incorporating renewable ready details into planning and
construction is relatively easy and inexpensive. To learn more about
building a renewable ready home, visit the
Focus on Energy
website or download the
Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Homes Renewable Ready Construction
Pre-Qualification, Site Verification and Reward Form by visiting
www.focusonenergy.com/General/homepartners/forms.aspx and click on
Renewable Ready Form.
following instructors have been recognized at the Wisconsin
Technology Education Association (WTEA) conference because of their involvement with the
Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Homes and Home Performance with ENERGY
Bob Baker, Stevens Point Area Senior High
Robert Below, Sheboygan
Robert Boenisch, Kiel
Terry Bores, Lincoln H.S. (Wisconsin Rapids)
Greg Brown, Shawano H.S.
Mike Effinger, Lakeland Union H.S. (Minocqua)
Randy Fabian, Mauston H.S.
Mike Geer, Stanley-Boyd H.S.
Russ Germain, Rhinelander H.S.
Jeff Grunewald, Sheboygan North H.S.
Joe Kruser, Parker and Craig H.S.'s (Janesville)
John Lonergan, Hartford Union H.S.
Pete McConnell, Merrill H.S.
Steve Munson, Madison LaFollette H.S.
Steve Olson, Oconomowoc H.S.
David Rasmussen, P.J.
Jacobs J.H., Stevens Point
Bill Rowden, Northland Pines H.S. (Eagle River)
Tommy Sanders, Sun Prairie H.S.
Gary Vanness, Appleton School District
To learn more about the Wisconsin ENERGY STAR
Homes and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Programs, please visit our
Home Energy Education page or the Focus on Energy
Energy-Efficient Student Builder of the Year Awards
For several years, KEEP sponsored an annual Energy-Efficient Student Builder of the Year Award to
acknowledge the accomplishments of student builders across
Wisconsin who experienced energy-efficient building
techniques. Three student builders were selected by a panel of
judges each year to receive the Energy-Efficient Student Builder of the
Students, their guests, and teachers received exclusive
invitations to the Energy Awards Ceremony where student
builders were recognized with certificates of achievement.
student also received a sponsorship from the Energy Center of
Wisconsin to attend a day-long, hands-on residential workshop of
2006 Energy-Efficient Student Builder Award Winners
- Derek Muraski, Antigo HS
- Tim Rogers, La Follete HS, Madison
- Jacob Shallow, Oconto HS
2007 Energy-Efficient Student Builder Award Winners
- Lucas Anderson, Mt. Horeb HS
- Scott Matucheski, Antigo HS
- Todd Nelson, Plymouth Comprehensive HS
2008 Energy-Efficient Student Builder Award Winners
- Alex Trepanier, Oconto HS
- Gaven Bandt, Wautoma HS
2009 Energy-Efficient Student Builder Award Winners
- Ethan Budimlija, Rib Lake HS
- Marvin Gilliom Jr., Reuther Central HS, Kenosha
- Luke Meincke, Tomah HS
2010 Energy-Efficient Student Builder Award Winners
- Michael Duffy, Mauston HS
- Miguel Sanchez, Hartford Union HS
- Amos O'Brien, Rhinelander HS
2011 Energy-Efficient Student Builder Award Winners
Macy Wasson, Westfield Area HS
Adam Holquist, Rhinelander HS
Chris Hirman, Rhinelander HS
Scavenger Hunt for Ice Dams and Icicles: After it snows,
lead a field trip around a residential area to identify homes that may
have poor insulation or other problems causing home performance failures.
Blower Door Demonstration: Ask the local ENERGY
STAR Representative if
you can bring students on site during home performance testing of a home.
Green Buildings: Visit a green building in your county.
here to find field trip ideas in your area.
Newspaper and Local Television Stations: If you are
working on a house building project with your students in the community,
ask a reporter to come out and interview the students. This makes great
connections and exposes your project to the public. If you need
assistance, please contact KEEP. We are here to help make connections.
Students Advertisements: Ask your students to develop an advertisement
to sell a green or environmentally built home. They could do this as a
newspaper ad, PowerPoint presentation, or as a video clip.
local newspaper to find articles on home performance.
Topics may include mold, home performance tips during cold winters and
hot summers, and energy-efficient appliances.
Volunteer Projects and Community Involvement
Student Built Homes: Over ten schools in Wisconsin offer
house building classes through their technology education department.
Involve you and your students on a house building project with a local
Habitat for Humanity Homes: Involve your students in Habitat for
Humanity homes in your community.
College Construction Programs in Wisconsin
www.buildwisconsin.com (click on Education) for information about
post-secondary institutions in Wisconsin that offer construction
Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA) - To provide
education and resources to transform the residential design and
construction industry to profitably deliver energy efficient and
environmentally responsible buildings and communities.
Association of Home Builders (NAHB) - Known as "the voice of the housing
industry," NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home
builders associations around the country.
REScheck is a software application that can be downloaded from the
federal Department of Energy. A Wisconsin version is an option within
REScheck and is used for Wisconsin one- and two-family dwelling design.
U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and
Building Energy Codes Program
Green Building Council (USGBC) - a community of leaders working to
transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and
operated. We envision an environmentally responsible, healthy, and
prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) - Twenty-four local home builders
associations located geographically across the state belong to the Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Commerce -
Uniform Dwelling Code Program
Wisconsin Department of Commerce -
Dwelling Contractor Certification and Education