Course Catalog

Fundamentals of Building Technology (ARCH205)

Offered By:  Engineering and Materials Science Faculty

Course Prerequisites



Course Outline
This course introduces the building construction process, with a focus on building materials, building structure systems and construction techniques. It covers a large variety of materials from foundations to roof systems. Topics include a study of concrete, brick, masonry, steel, timber, plastics, as well as structural systems and components.
The course aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the physics related to buildings, as well as the effect of environmental forces on buildings. Topics cover energy conservation, thermal properties of matter, heat transfer and insulation. The course includes analysis of simple case studies, field trips to buildings under construction, and juried design assignments.
Course Outcome
Students should be able to deal with various building issues that have to be adequately combined to offer building users a comfortable physical environment. They should be able to understand and come up with solutions emerging from contemporary building technologies to protect and preserve built-up surroundings.
References and Textbooks
1.     Hens, H (2008). Building Physics Heat, Air and Moisture: Fundamentals and Engineering Methods with Examples and Exercises. Wiley-VCH.
2.     Allen, E and Iano, J (2004). Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods. (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
3.     Chudley, R & Greeno, R (2010). Building Construction Handbook. Elsevier Science.
4.     Francis D. K. Ching (2008). Building Construction Illustrated. (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
5.     Mitchell (2010). Building Construction and Drawing. (Nabu Press).