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Buildings Courses

CE 5195 - Engineering Design for Environmental Health 

Students in this course will learn how to incorporate health information into the engineering design process. This material complements risk assessment by focusing on the design of engineering systems. Course will discuss balancing financial, health, performance, and other considerations. Quantitative analysis will be conducted in soil, water, air, buildings, and occupational health scenarios.

CE 4210/6210 - The Physics of Sustainable Buildings 

This course is intended to equip students to understand and properly model the drivers of energy consumption and human exposure to airborne pollutants in buildings. The course will begin with an overview of the physical laws governing transport processes in buildings. It will then cover the methods of modeling these processes that are specific to buildings, including energy balances, mass balances, and the phenomena contributing to each. We will discuss typical design problems that leverage knowledge of these processes to improve building performance and introduce some active areas of research in building modeling. Students should emerge from the course thinking of buildings as living, breathing, complex ecosystems.

CE 6211 - Simulation of Building Energy Performance

This course is intended to develop the skills necessary to simulate building energy consumption under various design or retrofit scenarios, and predict the impact of design decisions and energy conservation measures on building energy consumption. The course will begin with an overview of methods of modeling transport processes in buildings, and methods of modeling the systems controlling indoor environments. We will also briefly review numerical algorithms for solving the arising equations. We will then move to topics specific to the modeling and simulation process including the modeling process, calibration, analysis, and basic uncertainty quantification. Lastly, students will employ EnergyPlus and OpenStudio, free but sophisticated and open source building energy modeling tools, to develop and simulate a model of a real building.


Analysis of components and systems for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning.

CONSYSM 2310 - Electrical and Lighting Systems for Buildings

Concepts of electricity and illumination applied to the design and installation of electrical and lighting systems in buildings including safety, code requirements, installation methods, electrical schematics, and construction blueprints.

CONSYSM 2345 - Mechanical Systems for Buildings

Fundamentals of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and noise and vibration control and their impact on building design and constructio

CONSYSM 5670 - Green Building and Sustainable Construction

Introduction to LEED rating systems, major components of sustainable building design and construction as well as other environmental and economic issues of sustainable built environments. 

ARCH 5590 - Topics in Building Technology

ARCH 5810 - Intro to Envir., Mechanical, and Electrical Systems in Architecture

This course will introduce students to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems used in contemporary buildings. While the focus of the course will be on the systems themselves, we will also discuss issues of history, ideology, and sustainability as they relate to the systems discussed. In particular, we will discuss the ways in which these systems interact with the design decisions we make as architects, and how our understanding of these systems can lead to innovative architectural designs that rise to the environmental challenges we currently face. 

ARCH 6810 - Environmental, Mechanical & Electrical Systems in Architecture 2

In this class you will explore buildings’ thermal, luminous and acoustic environments. We will do this by first reviewing the basic concepts of each type of environment, and then looking at examples of how these concepts are put into practice. There are two principal goals for the class. First, to bring issues of energy and sustainability to bear on architectural design. Second, to help prepare students for the professional practice of architecture, where the architect leads a team of building professionals. 


Supporting Courses

MECHENG 4510 - Heat Transfer

CE 5329 - Transport Phenomena

CE 5140 - Air Quality Engineering 

MECHENG 5538 - Applied CFD and Heat Transfer

MECHENG 6510 - Intermediate Heat Transfer

FABENG 5160 - Electronics, Measurement and Instrumentation

FABENG 5161 -  Measurement and Instrumentation

FABENG 5820 -  Environmental Controls and Air Quality

CRPLAN 5500 - Energy Planning

CRPLAN 5160 - Green Building Methods for Planning

John W. Wilce Student Health Center at The Ohio State University