ARC 404-3

ARC 404-3– Tech Seminar

Course Details

Course No.: 24350

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2016 Spring

Location: Crosby – 315

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday, Thursday

Meeting Time: 3:00PM - 4:20PM

Faculty: Wales

Faculty: Wales

What does it take to build a net zero energy house in Buffalo?
How does energy consumption affect how we dwell?
How can new housing prototypes address Buffalo’s energy/housing/economic/etc conditions?
How does architecture afford opportunities to address energy issues through its language of space, form, material, structure, and systems?
This course is organized as a competition; the final project will be a concept proposal for 600-1000sf net zero* house in Buffalo which relies exclusively on solar energy. The course’s design brief draws on the requirements of the national Solar Decathlon, but broadens the charge to be first one of exhibition and second one of intercollegiate competition. The design challenge is not only to address energy consumption and production broadly within the US residential sector, but to situate a response in the unique place of Buffalo NY, thereby also addressing local issues of sustainability, energy, and dwelling. Designing a house which is zero net energy is necessary but not sufficient. Final proposals will be assessed by a jury of invited critics.
One of the winning proposals is intended to be incorporated into an application for UB to join the 2015 Solar Decathlon Competition.
Funding is available for selected students to develop work for this application upon completion of the course.