4.401 Introduction to Building Technology

As taught in: Spring 2006

Photograph of a narrow, shaded street.

A typical street in a hot and dry climate (Corsica, France): Narrow for shading and cooling, high thermal mass to delay daytime heat penetration, exterior shadings and overhangs to minimize solar gains. (Photograph by Prof. Marilyne Andersen.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Marilyne Andersen

Course Features

Course Description

The course aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the physics related to buildings and to propose an overview of the various issues that have to be adequately combined to offer the occupants a physical, functional and psychological well-being. Students will be guided through the different components, constraints and systems of a work of architecture. These will be examined both independently and in the manner in which they interact and affect one another.