The objective of this course is to develop the understanding of basic principles of building physics, material science, and appropriate technology for a New England climate. Through lectures, readings, class discussions, and assignments students will gain comprehension of building anatomy. They will understand how natural forces, particular to a northeast climate can affect a buildings structural and thermal performance. Through individual research, leaning heavily on sourcing and reading white papers from specialists in the field of building science, students will form opinions and present findings on best practices and relate those findings to sociopolitical and economic factors of accessibility. Guest lectures will introduce students to current sustainable technologies, and students will have the opportunity to experiment through applied material research.
This course is available to Sterling students through our partnership with Yestermorrow Design/Build School. For more information about Sterling’s partnership with Yestermorrow please visit this page.