SCI-6374. Advanced Applications in Sustainable Architecture


  • Professor: Holly Samuelson
  • Term: Fall
  • Days: F
  • Time: 12:00-2:00
  • School: Graduate School of Design
  • Course ID: 216245

This new elective seminar will provide a deeper dive into issues of evidence-based, high-performance, sustainable building design. The course is intended for first and second year Energy and Environment students, MArch students, and anyone with an interest in the environmental performance of buildings. Because we hope to create a diverse team of problem-solvers, students with any one of a variety of backgrounds, such as design, engineering, and financial analysis are encouraged to enroll.

Students will increase their understanding of high-performance environmental design strategies in architecture. They will also have the opportunity to learn the following skills, but they may choose the area(s) in which to focus their attention:
– whole-building energy simulation*
– daylight design and analysis methods, including daylight simulation*
– hygrothermal (thermal and moisture) simulations, as well as mold-growth simulation
– life-cycle analysis of materials and construction methods
– life-cycle cost analysis (construction costs and utility savings)
– assessing societal cost of carbon emissions and related health savings
*in greater depth than taught in 6122 Environmental Systems II or 6125 Building Simulation. Students will have the choice to explore either the same or different software tools.