2021 - 2022 College Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2021  
2021 - 2022 College Catalog

AECT 450 - Building Science

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Laboratory Hours: 0

Prerequisite(s): None

Restriction(s): Restricted to junior and senior Construction Management and Architecture students

Corequisite(s): None

Buildings have become more complex as the effects of energy efficiency and mechanical systems have become more sophisticated. This course examines how all systems in a building interact with each other and how their interaction affects indoor air quality, energy usage and air/moisture migration within the structure. Also examined are the use of diagnostic methods, including blower door test results and FLIR images, to supplement heat-loss data when evaluating the built structure.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Course:
  1. Describe the relationship of the three pathways for heat loss through a building section.
  2. Explain methods employed to minimize air infiltration into a building.
  3. Describe pathways and mitigation measures for slowing migration of water into a building.
  4. Contrast the functions of a vapor retarder and an air barrier.
  5. Calculate the overall estimated heat loss and resulting heating cost of building given the appropriate data.
  6. Describe a blower door test and the use of a FLIR camera