4.411J / EC.713J / 4.412
D-Lab Schools: Building Technology Laboratory

UG: 8.01, 18.01; G: permission of instructor
Required of: 
Restricted elective for BSA; Arch + Design Minors (4.411)

Focuses on the design, analysis, and application of technologies that support the construction of less expensive and better performing schools in developing countries. Prepares students to design or retrofit school buildings in partnership with local communities and NGOs. Strategies covered include daylighting, passive heating and cooling, improved indoor air quality via natural ventilation, appropriate material selection, and structural design. Investigations are based on application of engineering fundamentals, experiments and simulations. Case studies illustrate the role of technologies in reducing barriers to improved education.