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The Science of Sustainable Building

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Learn how to build an energy efficient, healthy and comfortable building with a focus on building energy dynamics, exterior envelope engineering, building systems operations and building envelope design.

A five part class for architects, developers, weatherization personnel, building auditors, engineers and climate change advocates

Instructors: Chris Benedict, Henry Gifford

Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30 pm April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5

Location: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Chambers Street@Greenwich Street

Session 1: Determining the Use of the Building
Determining the loads of each type of building i.e. hospital, school, store etc.), Energy content of different fuels, Where does the fuel come from?, Laws of thermodynamics.Follow energy from source to final destination

Session 2: Envelope
Sizing mechanical heating systems, Heat load calculations, Air leakage

Session 3: Heating/Cooling
Boilers, Furnaces, Distribution system, Controls, Indoor air quality - energy used to condition ventilation, heat recovery ventilation Overview of cooling load calculations

Session 4: Building Envelope Design
Air barriers, Barriers to liquid water, Thermal barriers, Proper sequencing of barriers in a wall or roof or basement, Avoiding semi-conditions spaces

Session 5: Alternative Energy Strategies
Energy strategies for Solar electric, Solar thermal, Geoexchange, Wind

15 AIA credits

Registration: CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College Download registration form


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