Program: Architecture, Design and Building Science
This course explores the performance and material efficiency considerations of a selection of interior and exterior building elements common to most commercial projects, including glazing, cladding, and washroom materials, as well as wood-based products and solar shading. When the sustainability movement began in the 1970’s, it was focused primarily on reducing the amount of energy necessary to keep a building operational. Now, sustainable design is entering a new era, demanding proof of material and systems efficiencies. Concurrently, there is an increasing level of interest in reducing the amount of energy consumed by the manufacture and use of building materials.