Energy, Technology and Building

6112M2 will meet for the first class on Thursday, October 28th from 2:30-5:30 PM in room 109, and will also meet the following day, Friday, October 29th from 10-1 at its normal time in 109. It will not meet on Friday, October 22nd. 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.