Building science is changing how buildings are constructed. It is looking at energy efficiency, balancing ventilation as the thermal envelope is sealed, using durable and sustainable building materials and methods, selecting the appropriate equipment to power and condition the occupant space. Looking at human thermal comfort can also change how homes are heated in cold climates as radiant technologies continue to evolve.
Life safety concerns are well established, but new technologies (methods and materials) continually challenge established standards/codes. The latest is the news related to cross-laminated timber.