As a complementary course to EC I (illumination, electricity and acoustics), Environmental Controls II will focus on the thermal environment, water systems and management, vertical transportation, fire protection and egress. The course will first establish a framework and a context for the technical components of buildings. These will include Environment, Resources & Energy; Site, Resources & Climate; Thermal Comfort; and the Design Process. Consequently, the various core topics of this course will be explored both individually and in relation to one another in order to develop students’ approaches to systems integration in architecture. The assignments will encourage the students to explore the possible opportunities to find interrelationships between different systems and disciplines.
The course will survey traditional and free-running buildings as a background to contemporary approaches of mechanical and hybrid environmental control. Beyond learning about the industry standard systems and methods, students will become familiar with alternative ways of fulfilling project and code requirements. Case studies will be used in order to broaden the students’ realm of possibilities in terms of system selection and the use of novel approaches to climate control for buildings. Other related topics such as the application of renewable energy technologies will also be covered.
One and one-half lecture hours twice per week and a one-hour lab once per week for one semester.
Grondzik, Walter T.; Kwok, Alison G.; Stein Benjamin; Reynolds, John S. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 12th Edition. Wiley, 2014.
Heschong, Lisa. Thermal Delight in Architecture. MIT Press, 1979.