ARC 5612 Environmental Systems in Architecture I

Thomas Spiegelhalter

The required course is intended to familiarize the student with the basics and principles of resources saving passive and active integrated building technology systems. The course includes the fundamentals of parametric-algorithmic green building modeling techniques and optimizations within the carbon-neutral building design process. Students are introduced to climate analysis techniques psychometrics, and occupancy evaluations, heat load and cooling load calculations, design of passive and active heating and cooling systems, air distribution systems, lighting, electrical and fire alarm systems, and alternative system comparisons with major emphasis on resource conservation, life-cycle issues of systems, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance costs.

ARC 5621 Environmental Systems in Architecture II

Thomas Spiegelhalter

This required course is intended to familiarize the student with resources saving passive and active integrated building technology systems and advanced parametric-algorithmic green building modeling within the carbon-neutral design process and performance optimization. Students gain an understanding of the performative thermal, mechanical, electrical, acoustical, water supply, sanitary, sewage management, transportation, behaviors, loads, systems, life-cycle-analysis, CO2e reduction, service and comfort of a structure. Particular attention is given to student comprehension of global resource interactions, and to the design integration of appropriate passive and active strategies for choosing points of origin, generating equipment, distribution devices, delivery mechanisms, control systems, and building performance measuring techniques.