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  • BSC 720 - Building Science Studio I
    Building Investigation. This studio course deals with the practical assessment of the performance of existing buildings. It applies the theoretical knowledge gained in associated lecture courses that are co-requisite with this studio. Students will have the opportunity to apply investigative, survey, measurement and testing techniques, use assessment protocols to assess the performance of real buildings, and use this information to suggest ways to improve performance. The course includes assessment of the building fabric, mechanical systems, energy use, indoor environment, and user satisfaction. An important component of student evaluation is the preparation of a comprehensive technical report including an interpretation of results.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 9 hrs.
    GPA weight: 3.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: All third year required courses
    Custom Requisites: Available only to Building Science Option students.
  • BSC 721 - Theory/Performance I: Existing Buildings
    Looking at Existing Buildings. This course examines the role of the building forensic consultant. Students learn the processes, methodologies and techniques used for diagnosing failures in building systems and/or building components. The theories behind protocols for testing and surveying are discussed and familiarity with the role of Codes, Standards and construction documentation is developed. Post-occupancy evaluation of buildings, and how this can be used as a diagnostic tool, is presented and developed. There will also be a focus on the theory and practice of decision-making related to building performance, including economic considerations using techniques presented in ASC 522.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: ASC 620
  • BSC 722 - Sustainable Environmental Control Systems
    This course explores the role of sustainable mechanical, electrical and control systems for buildings. Students explore innovative ways of heating, cooling, ventilating and lighting buildings. The course will consider renewable energy technologies, such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass energy, and the implications of their use on architectural form and details. Analysis techniques for choosing appropriate options are presented.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: ASC 620
  • BSC 820 - Building Science Studio II
    Investigating Details. Students will undertake an individual research project of a particular technology, material or component. Areas for possible student research include: innovative use, reduction of environmental impact and practical application to the construction industry. Outcomes of this project may be the design of a new component or detail, the application of a material or component in a small design project, or the development of a prototype.
    Weekly Contact: Lab: 9 hrs.
    GPA weight: 3.00
    Billing Units: 2
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: BSC 720
    Co-Requisites: BSC 821 and BSC 822
  • BSC 821 - Theory/Performance II
    Sustainable Detail Design. This course focuses on issues of detail design, particularly with reference to sustainable buildings. It addresses the concept of integrated design of components and systems, and strategies for innovations to reduce environmental impacts. Students develop a detailed knowledge of the issues related to construction systems aimed to minimize environmental impact. The course develops some of the underlying theories of appropriate decision-making such as the role of statistics in data analysis and synthesis, and the importance of Life Cycle Assessment. Students become knowledgeable in green building ratings, and are introduced to environmental modeling programs.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Co-Requisites: ARC 820, BSC 820 or PMT 820
  • BSC 822 - Advanced Envelopes/Components
    This course develops an advanced level of understanding of the design of building envelopes and cladding. Students investigate new and advanced forms of cladding and cladding systems, and develop an understanding of complex detail design. Sustainability aspects of alternative materials and systems are considered.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Co-Requisites: ARC 820, BSC 820 or PMT 820