Join us on the 2nd Friday of each month from September to June to learn how the science behind school buildings supports student, educator, and staff health, safety, and success. Each webinar is 45 minutes long, with 30 minutes of expert presentations followed by 15 minutes of participant Q&A. 

A school building is a system. The proper materials, design, construction and maintenance of the system's components are critical to the success and health of its students, teachers, and staff. In this series, we will discuss how the physical building works and why building science is so useful to understand, so that practitioners and school staff can make good decisions about capital improvements and healthy, safe operations.

What's in a name? We're paying homage to the Science Friday public radio show and promoting Fridays as a great day to learn about school building science. We want to elevate the topic of building science to the school sector where we don't hear enough people talking about it, and we specifically want to get people talking and thinking about school building science. (By the way, the Science Friday team has great educational content on all sorts of scientific topics. Check it out at https://www.sciencefriday.com/.)

What will you get out of it? The series is for designers, engineers, contractors, school staff, vendors, students, and anyone who supports schools. The sessions are ideal for young professionals and anyone newly working with schools. The sessions will also be great for high school students looking to expand their understanding of healthy, green schools. Each session is like a snack of information and not a 4 course meal, but it will provide a foundation for better understanding. We will cover the physical science behind school buildings, the role of building standards and codes, and how building science is used to make occupants happier and more comfortable. You will learn how the science pertains to you and everything you do. The sessions are perfect for a Friday when you're ready for a break from the week; grab a coffee or tea and tune in.

The 2021-2022 Series, all sessions from 2-2:45pm ET unless otherwise noted:

Session details will be made available as we go. Registration will be for individual sessions and registration links will be available at least 2 weeks in advance.

Topics are scheduled for September - February. The list of topics still to be scheduled includes:

  • Passive House & schools
  • acoustics
  • healthy materials
  • high performance monitoring & benchmarking
September 10Intro & Overview: What is School Building Science and What Does It Mean for You? Click for more info
October 8, 2-3pm ETVentilation: What You Need to Know Click for more infoRegister
November 12Green & Safe Cleaning: Why It Works and Why It MattersRegister
December 10Building Operators as School Building ScientistsRegister
January 14Zero Energy, Zero Carbon & Electrification: Possible and Happening!Register
February 11Calming the School Environment: Creating That Just Right FeelingRegister
March 11stay tuned 
April 8stay tuned 
May 13stay tuned 
June 10stay tuned