ARH 440 Building Systems: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing

ARH 440 Building Systems: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing

This course is taken concurrent with ARH 450. Students learn strategies for the heating, cooling, plumbing, and ventilation of buildings. Students will be exposed to sustainable practices for creating human comfort, such as passive heating and cooling, optimal site orientation for different climates, and building envelope systems.

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Course Learning Outcome

As a result of successfully completing this course, students…

  • Will be able to:

    • Apply passive systems to the design of a structure
    • Demonstrate knowledge about a range of heating/cooling systems, and their appropriateness for different types of projects.
    • Discuss the environmental implications of selecting a range of heating/cooling/electrical/plumbing systems.
    • Conceptualize and describe a building with integrated building systems working in concert
    • Assess and apply the principles of environmental systems’ design such as embodied energy, active and passive heating and cooling, indoor air quality, solar orientation, daylighting and artificial illumination, and acoustics; including the use of appropriate performance assessment tools
    • Discuss the basic principles and appropriate application and performance of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.6 Environmental Systems: Ability to demonstrate the principles of environmental systems’ design, how design criteria can vary by geographic region, and the tools used for performance assessment. This demonstration must include active and passive heating and cooling, solar geometry, daylighting, natural ventilation, indoor air quality, solar systems, lighting systems, and acoustics
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.9 Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic principles and appropriate application and performance of building service systems, including lighting, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, communication, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems