Design criteria development, material and construction process methods, occupancy based load profiles, performance/material life-cycle-mandates, durability for advanced building systems including integrity in sustainable urban systems.
Course Description: No other building system has more impact on the overall look, character and performance of a building than its façade system. However, far too often, aesthetic concerns have dominated façade design discourse while performative considerations have been limited. This course aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between the façade, building performance (energy consumption) and indoor thermal and visual comfort. We will work to develop a critical awareness of performance issues related to façade systems, the opportunities for enhanced performance and core skills necessary to evaluate, determine and integrate appropriate façade technology. Upon completion of the course, students will:
- Understand fundamental principles of façade construction and detailing.
- Understand fundamental relationships between energy, environment and building enclosure.
- Utilize appropriate modeling and analysis software.
- Develop core skills to evaluate, determine and integrate appropriate façade technology.
- Develop high performance façade proposals.
- Develop framework for further ongoing research on the subject.