Building Science

Teaching Assistant(s)
Ali Khaja

"How to make buildings that work"

"How to practise architecture and not get sued"

  • Scientific principles, economic, technical, and practical factors that influence good design for physical performance (durability, health, resource and energy efficiency) & thus sustainability of buildings will be studied. Principles of siting, shape, orientation and enclosure design from earlier courses will be briefly reviewed and integrated.
  • The principles of good building science will be developed: an understanding of rain, air, heat, and condensation control, building material performance.
  • The bulk of the course will focus on Canadian multi-unit residential, commercial/institutional buildings but different climate zones (such as hot-humid), and residential (multi- and single-family) will be mentioned.
  • Common building enclosure assembly materials and designs will be explored through case studies of famous, local, unique, and vernacular building materials, details, sections, etc.
  • Requirements for information on building drawings in schematic concept design (SD), design development (DD) and construction documents (CD) will be addressed.
  • The interaction of HVAC, lighting, and other technical factors within the overall building design process to meet a range of goals will be integrated
  • The focus is on the needs of the professional architect, i.e., those involved in the design, rehabilitation, construction and operational aspects of buildings (heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, maintenance) and the building enclosure i.e., walls, windows, roofs, foundations etc.