GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2008

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Courses taught by Christoph Reinhart

06112 [M2]: Energy, Technology and Building (SCI 0611202)

Architecture
Lecture - 2 credits
This course is a module. It lasts the second half of the semester only.
Wednesday Friday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 109

Instructor(s)
Christoph Reinhart

Course Description

This lecture course introduces students to energy and environmental issues, particularly those that must be faced by the discipline of architecture. An overview of the basic principles of energy generation and energy use will be provided, and the fundamental climatic precursors and patterns will be discussed. Building design issues in relation to basic energy needs and interior environmental requirements will be briefly outlined, and students will be exposed to the underlying complexity of developing solutions that address a wide range of local and global concerns. In addition, the technological response to interior environmental control will be contextualized within the larger framework of the scientific and socio-cultural influences that shaped the building systems we currently use.


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06332: Day-Lighting Buildings (SCI 0633200)

Architecture
Lecture - 4 credits
Monday Thursday 10:00 - 11:30   Gund 109

Instructor(s)
Christoph Reinhart

Course Description

Day-Lighting Buildings The primary focus of this course will be the study of lighting in an architectural context. The course will stress the integration of electric and natural light sources during the design process and place an emphasis upon the role light can play in shaping architecture. During the first part of the class we will review historical approaches and current trends in lighting buildings and students will acquire a range of daylighting design techniques ranging from rules of thumb to state-of-the-art, physically-based computer simulations. The main simulation programs used will be Ecotect, Google Sketchup, Radiance, and Daysim. The physical assumptions underlying these programs will be discussed in detail.During the second part of the class, students will work in groups on a lighting concept for a project of their preference. All projects will require the approval of the instructor. Project scopes may range from individual spaces to whole buildings or neighborhoods. There will be an expectation for all projects to go beyond currently established daylight evaluation techniques and explore new ways of how daylight can add to the aesthetic appearance, occupant wellbeing and/or energy balance of a space. A series of guest lectures will help the students to better appreciate these diverse aspects of daylight.


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06417: Building Performance Simulation - Energy (SCI 0641700)

Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Thursday 2:00 - 5:00   Gund 508

Instructor(s)
Christoph Reinhart

Course Description

Building Performance Simulation - EnergyThis seminar will introduce students to technical and non-technical aspects of using whole building energy simulation during building design, retrofitting and maintenance. The primary simulation tool used will be the Department of Energy's EnergyPlus simulation engine combined with the DesignBuilder interface.During the first half of the course students will learn about the software's basic modeling assumptions and build a series of increasingly complex models that explore key design decisions such as building orientation and form and the use of solar shading, natural ventilation, daylighting and thermal mass. During the second half of the course we will work with a model of Gund Hall that will be built to explore the potential energy benefits of various retrofitting measures to the building. We will review the inputs chosen by the modeler regarding building envelope, internal gains and building usage and compare model predications to Gund Hall's measured energy use for heating, lighting and cooling. This benchmarking exercise will reveal how closely model predictions typically reflect reality. During the second part of the course we will have a series of guest lecturers who represent the various players involved in building performance simulation including an informed building owner, a professional modeler, a software developer, a building services manager, a representative from the LEED green building rating system and a designer. The perspectives offered by these different parties will highlight current benefits and limitations of the effective use of energy simulations in design practice. The enrollment for this course will be limited to fifteen students.


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09304: Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies (ADV 0930400)

Urban Planning and Design
Option Studio - 8 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, K. Michael Hays, Richard Peiser, Christoph Reinhart, Sanford Kwinter, Margaret Crawford

Course Description

A student who selects this independent thesis for the degree Master in Design Studies pursues independent research of relevance to the selected course of study within the Master in Design Studies program, under the direction of a GSD faculty member. This option precludes taking any other independent study.


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