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Course Descriptions

Sustainable Materials

BSD310

Examination of the need, development and application of sustainable building materials, methods, and systems used in both residential and commercial construction. Emphasis on those materials that reduce environmental and energy impact. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ACH119 or BCT118. Fall Only.

Sustainable Sites

BSD320

Theory and application of the development of sustainable sites at scales ranging from the individual plot to a neighborhood, a community, or an urban plan. Emphasis on the integration between a particular site and the greater community. Course work includes development of site plans that incorporate sustainable concepts. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Passive Design

BSD330

Introduction to passive design strategies employed to reduce the energy consumption of buildings and increase human comfort. Topics include the importance of site and climate conditions, the use of the sun to provide heat and light to indoor environments, and the use of natural ventilation. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Architectural Design Studio IV

BSD332

Design studio with an emphasis on passive design strategies employed to reduce the energy consumption and increase human comfort. Focus on small and medium-sized residential and commercial buildings. Topics include the importance of site and climate conditions, the use of the sun to provide heat and light to indoor environments, the use of natural ventilation, and the impact of passive strategies on building form. 5 Credits (2 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH243 and ACH281. Fall Only.

Building Information Modeling

BSD350

Introduction to the principles and benefits of building information modeling. Topics include interference detection, evaluation of energy usage, generation of construction documents, assignment of attributes for quantity takeoffs and cost estimates, simulation of the construction sequence, and facilities management. Course work includes development of a building information model that can be modified and used throughout the building's life cycle by architects, engineers, contractors, and the building owner. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.

Architectural Design Studio V

BSD352

Design studio with an emphasis on the principles and benefits of Building Performance Modeling. Focus on the design and representation of complex, medium-sized commercial projects in varied environmental settings. Topics include the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a design tool to evaluate overall building performance and energy usage. Course work includes design documentation, development of cost estimates, simulation of the construction sequence, and development of BIM throughout the building’s life cycle with an emphasis on the design phase. 5 Credits (2 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BSD332. Spring Only.

Building Performance Optimization

BSD360

Exploration of the technological equipment and software used to verify that a building and its integrated systems are constructed and installed in accordance with the building's design and specification. Provides the architectural designer with the practical verification techniques used to assure that a building's construction and systems work as intended. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH119 and ACH240 or BCT118 and BCT260. Spring Only.

Internship

BSD400

Work experience intended to provide exposure to real-world building science and sustainable design practices. Students must obtain written approval from Building Science faculty for proposed industry internships prior to the start of the internship. One-semester duration with a l5-hour per week or 240-hour minimum. A detailed write-up describing sustainable aspects of internship experience is required. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): ACH262 and BSD310 and BSD320 and BSD330 and BSD360 or ACH262 and BSD310 and BSD320 and BSD332.

Historic Preservation

BSD410

Introduction to the concepts of preservation and adaptive re-use and their importance to sustainable design. Topics include historic materials, construction techniques, building systems, the economics of preservation, forensics, remediation practices, and a review of related legislation, government programs and resources. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BSD310. Fall Only.

Renewable Energy Technologies

BSD420

Overview of renewable energy using sunlight, wind, tides, geothermal, biomass and biofuels. Topics include the relative efficiencies and installation of various energy systems, and a review of public policies, incentives, and grants. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BSD330 or BSD332. Fall Only.

Whole Building Design

BSD430

Exploration of integrated design approach which includes all building stakeholders during all stages of planning and design in order to achieve high building performance. Emphasis on benchmarks and using computer applications to evaluate the interaction of design decisions. Course work includes case studies of existing buildings and teamwork to design and evaluate building projects. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH262 and BSD310 and BSD330 and BSD350 or ACH262 and BSD310 and BSD332. Fall Only.

Architectural Design Studio VI

BSD432

Design studio with emphasis on integrated design approach during all stages of planning and design in order to achieve high building performance. Emphasis on the establishment of benchmarks and the use of computer applications to evaluate the interaction of design decisions. Course work includes case studies of existing buildings and urban context as well as teamwork to design and evaluate medium to large commercial building projects, including structural and environmental systems. 5 Credits (2 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH262 and BSD310 and BSD352. Fall Only.

Building Performance Modeling

BSD440

Introduction to the fundamentals of building performance modeling. Topics include an overview of building thermal design issues, methods of predicting energy consumption, integration of energy modeling tools with the building information model, and the application of building performance analysis during the design phase. Emphasis on the use of contemporary computer-based building simulation tools to improve building performance. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BSD330 and BSD350 and BSD360 or BSD352 and BSD360. Spring Only.

Sustainable Rating Systems

BSD450

Examination of sustainable building rating systems used in the United States. Emphasis on compliance with U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification program. A sustainable rating system certification exam may be included at the participants' expense. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ACH262. Spring Only.

Senior Project

BSD494

Individualized project intended to demonstrate the student’s mastery of core building science and sustainability concerns and practices. Propose and implementation of a project that allows analysis, integration, and synthesis of concepts from previous course work. Activities may involve field research, data analysis, report writing, building design, and formal presentation of the project. Independent research required to resolve project related problems. (Formerly BSD495) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BSD420 and BSD430 or BSD420 and BSD432.

Architectural Design Studio VII

BSD496

Design studio focusing on the knowledge and skills developed in all previous program courses. Focus on the design of large and tall commercial buildings through all phases of development, including presentation and juried review. Emphasis placed on passive design, sustainable materials, energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, sustainable rating systems, and the use of building information modeling to analyze, document and present comprehensive building solutions. 5 Credits (2 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BSD432. Spring Only.

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