Environmental Courses at Rensselaer:


School of Architecture




10 Architecture

10272 Comfort, Climate, and Energy A thorough exploration of the fundamental principles of human physiology and comfort as they pertain to architectural design; the relationships of microclimate, comfort, and energy considerations with built form; and the thermophysical properties of building materials and methods of thermal analysis for building. Environmental comfort technologies (passive heating and cooling systems and lighting) are introduced and examined. Prerequisite: 10222 or permission of instructor. Spring term annually. 3 credit hours

10435 Energy-Conscious Design The course focuses on the relationship between resources and architectural design and technology. Special emphasis is given to energy conservation, design of passive solar systems, and the integration of emerging energy-related technologies. The course covers both the theory and technology aspects of energy in architecture. Lectures, field trips, project assignments, and assigned reading are included. Prerequisite: 10474 or permission of instructor. Fall term annually. 3 credit hours

10474 Environmental Systems* Design, analysis, and performance characteristics of thermal and lighting systems in the context of a whole building. In addition, plumbing, acoustics, life safety, and electrical systems are covered in terms of fundamental theory and design. Case study analysis is emphasized. Prerequisite: 10272. Spring term annually. 3 credit hours

10496 Special Topics in Architecture and Environmental Design Experimental courses tried out in one or two terms as the general program requires. 1 to 3 credit hours



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