Environmental Technologies in Building: Climate and Thermal Behavior

This course examines the fundamental scientific principles underlying the thermal behavior of buildings and introduces students to the existing technologies for creating and controlling the interior environment. Beginning with an overview of the Laws of Thermodynamics and the principles of Heat Transfer, the course will investigate the application of these principles in the determination of building behavior, and explore the relevant material properties and design variables, including climate, for controlling that behavior. The basic characteristics of HVAC systems will be discussed and students will also be exposed to the newer technologies that will have increasing influence on architectural design. In addition, current trends in environmental design, including simulation modeling and indoor air quality, will be highlighted.This course meets every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30, and alternate Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 in room 111. Please note, the Wednesday 2-3:30 lectures will often be held in Piper Auditorium. This course also meets on alternate Thursdays from 9-12 in Stubbins (room 112). (The one Thursday exception is John Boecker will be presenting on Thursday, March 23rd from 10 – 12 AM in Stubbins.) Lectures include:2/15 Bill Beckma2/22 Charles Bostick3/1 Renz van Luxemburg3/8 Daniel Pearl3/15 Hans Schober3/23 John Boecker4/19 Peter Schuermann5/3 Mahadev RamanSee sylabus for more information.