ARC 473 – ARC 573

ARC 473 – ARC 573– Environmental Controls - Thermal Systems

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Course No.: 14432

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2018 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 147

Meeting Day(s): Monday,Wednesday

Meeting Time: 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Faculty: Bohm

Faculty: Bohm

Environmental Controls 1 deals with the thermal and environmental processes that affect buildings, and gives design students the means to respond to and manipulate the thermal environment. Building science and design principles will be presented against a backdrop of sustainability: buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the US each year, mainly through heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting. Integration of appropriate environmental technology suggests ways that this energetic appetite might be reduced.


In the first portion of the semester students will learn how to shape the form of a building and apply appropriate building envelope materials and assemblies to respond to climate and the needs of an occupant. The course will begin with the basics of human thermal comfort and the resources of site and climate. This will be followed by the concepts/techniques of solar heating, passive cooling, indoor air quality, and human health. In the second portion of this semester, students approach the design of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, including heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment, water and waste water systems, vertical transportation, electrical and fire protection systems. To synthesize course materials, graduate students will work on additional project beyond the undergraduate workload.


Drawing, layout, and construction of quality architectural models are required for this course. Students are required to have skills in model construction and have taken the shop safety course.