Course Description

Missed a Building Science Live event? You can still catch the recording!

In This Course:

Can modular construction be an effective strategy for reaching high-performance energy targets? Yes, if it is approached with careful planning based on informed decision-making. This video presentation walks through several case studies to illustrate how modular construction was used to achieve project goals. The instructors, Elyse Henderson and Graham Finch, look at different factors that contributed to meeting energy efficiency targets, including early energy analysis, and discuss critical details and practical considerations such as airtightness testing. Elyse and Graham speak from their experience working on Passive House and near net zero projects, drawing out general lessons learned for modular construction in the affordable housing sector and remote communities.

You'll Learn About:

  • Concrete steps to include in project scheduling to meet energy efficiency targets while addressing durability and construction quality.
  • Challenges for air, vapor, water, and thermal control when designing and constructing modular buildings.
  • Different projects in terms of project constraints and how project goals were met.
  • Key strategies for scaling up modular construction to meet sustainable and affordable housing needs throughout Canada.

Course Details:

  • Format: 2 parts (1 hour recording + quiz). Downloadable slides are included.
  • Duration: You will have 30 days to review the recording and complete the quiz
  • Audience: This session will be of interest to a wide audience within the building industry, in particular architects, housing providers, and owners/developers who are considering modular construction or interested in high-performance housing options.

Continuing Education Credits:


*This program also meets the criteria for OAA structured learning hours. For more information, please see here

Elyse Henderson and Graham Finch

Elyse Henderson is an Energy and Sustainability Analyst with RDH, specializing in energy efficiency consulting and building science research. Her work includes whole-building energy modelling, emission reduction feasibility studies, and research to inform policy and program development. Elyse leads research to evaluate energy, greenhouse gas, and incremental costs for energy retrofits of existing condominiums, commercial buildings, and non-profit housing. Elyse is currently working with government agencies and industry partners on research studies for modular housing to assess construction costs, design strategies, material selection, and best practices.

Graham Finch, Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist, works closely with architects, developers and manufacturers to support the design of high-performance building enclosures and façade systems including for modular buildings. He also works extensively on product research and development, performance monitoring, forensic investigations, and field testing. Graham is a leader in knowledge sharing and is regularly invited to present at conferences and speaking opportunities around North America on a range of building science topics. He also contributes to the education of the industry through the development and delivery of best practice guidelines and bulletins.