Environmental Systems 2

This course is the second of a two-module sequence in Building Technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture as well as MDes Energy and Environments.

The objective of the course is to continue the study of environmental considerations in architectural design.

The course will cover building systems and their technologies including the conventional and emerging HVAC systems, renewable energy systems, and other active building systems. It will also introduces daylight and electric lighting in buildings along with manual and computer-based methods for analyzing daylight design. The course also covers fundamental concepts of acoustics and their application in architecture.

In this course students will:
• Learn the basic principles and applications of daylighting and acoustic considerations in architecture.
• Learn to perform cutting-edge daylight simulations.
• Learn the fundamentals of HVAC systems in architecture, and practice the schematic design of such systems.
• Continue to develop analytical and creative thinking regarding sustainability and energy issues in building design.

The class format includes biweekly lectures, interactive workshops, lectures from industry experts, quizzes, and a site visit. Where noted, attendance at evening workshops is mandatory. In all classes, the goal is an interactive format, so questions, comments, and other forms of active participation are encouraged.