Energy in Building Design

Prerequisites: 4.442, 4.463 or permission of instructor

[from 2013: description not confirmed]

How to design an energy efficient and environmental friendly building as part of an integrated design process is challenging. In this course, we will explore aspects of thermal phenomena, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, and climate relevant to building design, and apply concepts and methods to energy-efficient and environmental-friendly building design. Topics include thermodynamics, psychrometrics, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, climate, solar radiation, heat transfer through walls and windows, ventilation, space heating and cooling loads, energy analysis, passive heating and cooling systems, renewable energy systems, and active HVAC systems. We will emphasize both a qualitative and a quantitative understanding of energy fundamentals, examples from practice, and design exercises.