ARH 441 Tectonics: Code Analysis & Building Envelope Documentation

ARH 441 Tectonics: Code Analysis & Building Envelope Documentation


Buildings must be designed to keep people safe. You will develop building floor plans that comply with planning and building codes with an emphasis on egress and accessibility and evaluate a building envelope design proposal on costs, material choices, and construction assembly.

Feature Image Courtesy Of: SF Planning Dept

Course Learning Outcomes


  • Investigate and analyze the entire process of developing a building envelope, from conceptualization, development, documentation, fabrication, to performance
  • Apply principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies relative to fundamental performance, aesthetics, moisture transfer, durability, and energy and material resources
  • Make technically clear drawings, write outline specifications, and prepare models illustrating and identifying the assembly of materials, systems, and components appropriate for a building design
  • Apply basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components, and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse
  • Interpret and analyze the planning and building code related to specific building proposition
  • Apply the basic principles of life-safety systems with an emphasis on egress
  • Apply techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities

NAAB Criteria


  • SC 1 Health, Safety, Welfare in the Built Environment (understanding) How the program ensures that students understand the impact of the built environment on human health, safety, and welfare at multiple scales, from buildings to cities
  • SC 3 Regulatory Context (understanding) How the program ensures that students understand the fundamental principles of life safety, land use, and current laws and regulations that apply to buildings and sites in the United States, and the evaluative process architects use to comply with those laws and regulations as part of a project.
  • SC 4 Technical Knowledge (understanding) How the program ensures that students understand the established and emerging systems, technologies, and assemblies of building construction, and the methods and criteria architects use to assess those technologies against the design, economics, and performance objectives of projects.