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Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

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ARCH 5310 - Environment and Ecological Systems


An exploration of the fundamental principles of human physiology, thermal and luminous comfort, and indoor quality. Emphasis is on bioclimatic and psychrometric climate analysis and its relationship to architectural design, understanding the energy exchange between body in space, the natural meaning of enclosures, and nonstructural materials and systems. The focus is on passive heating, cooling, and daylighting systems and their design. Exercises include vital sign analysis of existing spaces (thermal, air, luminous), forming hypotheses of building performance, using scientific instrumentation, tenant survey techniques, and physical modeling and simulation techniques related to daylighting and shading techniques. This course is required of all architecture graduate students in the M.Arch. program.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Corequisite: ARCH 5210.

When Offered: Spring term anually.



Credit Hours: 4



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