ARH 441 Tectonics: Code Analysis & Building Envelope Documentation

ARH 441 Tectonics: Code Analysis & Building Envelope Documentation

This course offers an examination of planning and building code analysis, and the documentation of building envelopes and detailing. Students will investigate how design concept can guide the development of building envelope details. Technical documentation will be produced to describe the choice of building materials and assembly.

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Course Learning Outcome

As a result of successfully completing this course, students…

  • Will be able to:

    • 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
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.3 Codes and Regulations: Ability to design sites, facilities, and systems that are responsive to relevant codes and regulations, and include the principles of life-safety and accessibility standards
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.4 Technical Documentation: Ability to make technically clear drawings, prepare outline specifications, and construct models illustrating and identifying the assembly of materials, systems, and components appropriate for a building design
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.7 Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate selection and application of building envelope systems relative to fundamental performance, aesthetics, moisture transfer, durability, and energy and material resources
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.8 Building Materials and Assemblies: Understanding of the basic principles used in the appropriate selection of interior and exterior construction materials, finishes, products, components, and assemblies based on their inherent performance, including environmental impact and reuse
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.10 Financial Considerations: Understanding of the fundamentals of building costs, which must include project financing methods and feasibility, construction cost estimating, construction scheduling, operational costs, and life-cycle costs
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC D.4 Legal Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture and professional service contracts