Buildings Courses

The Buildings Specialization in the Green Technology Diploma program provides in-depth knowledge in sustainable practices for building design, construction, operation and demolition processes. It offers both quantitative and qualitative tools for design and evaluation of performance of new and existing buildings including materials, envelope, heating, cooling and ventilation systems that provide comfort, good air quality and building energy demands. It also offers essential knowledge of green building concepts needed for rating buildings and minimizing their impact on the environment and the depletion of natural resources.  

PRGR 630 Sustainable Preservation and Restoration of Existing Buildings - 2 credits

The course examines the benefits of greening existing buildings and covers sustainable restoration processes involving energy audits, construction materials, structural elements, electromechanical systems, site improvement, water conservation, and indoor environmental quality; in addition to associated operations, management, and costs.

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PRGR 631 Low Energy Architecture and Passive Building Design - 2 credits

This course centers on issues surrounding the integration of sustainable and passive design principles into conceptual and practical building design. Topics will include solar geometry, climate/regional limitations, natural lighting, passive design and sustainability initiatives, insulating and energy storing material, bio-climatic design and concepts. Case studies will be used extensively as a vehicle to discuss the success/failure of ideas and their physical applications.

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PRGR 632 Sustainable Building Materials - 2 credits

The course covers green and recyclable building material, embodied energy and sustainable construction.

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PRGR 633 Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency in Buildings ** - 2 credits

The module serves as the main process for establishing a net zero energy building/architecture by means of enabling a building to generate the electrical energy it needs from its own resources. The module thus delves into the building’s two main self-energy sources, wind and solar PV. It covers the implementations of micro or mid-scale wind turbines and solar PV systems for the generation of electrical energy. The module also covers storage and grid connection mechanisms as well as lighting efficiency and electrical installation issues.

**Can be counted as Energy concentration course.

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PRGR 634 Moisture and Control of Humidity in Buildings - 2 credits

This course covers sources of moisture and factors affecting its entry and buildup inside buildings such as construction practices and choice of building materials and furniture, impact of moisture on thermal comfort and energy performance of the air-conditioning system, solid/liquid desiccant dehumidification and hybrid air-conditioning systems, modeling of moisture transport, industrial need to control indoor humidity and moisture-caused health issues including mold formation and growth.

PRGR 637 Green Building Basics and Building Rating Practices - 2 credits

This course covers the assessment of building design and construction operations including project rating systems (LEED, BREEAM, GSAS, etc.), embodied energy, carbon content, and emission of CO2, SO2 and NOx of building materials, elements, and construction process, water conservation, water management systems, water efficient landscaping, green roofing, rainwater harvesting, sanitary fixtures and plumbing systems, wastewater treatment and reuse, and process water strategies.

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PRGR 639 Construction and Demolition Waste Management - 2 credits

This course covers building disposal techniques including deconstruction as well as selective and partial selective demolition, design and construction for deconstruction and reuse, waste minimization through prefabrication, preassembly, and modular construction, sustainable waste management including recycling and reuse of waste materials and components.

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PRGR 641 HVAC Systems for Energy Efficient Acclimatization - 2 credits

This course covers energy conservation measures in the built-in environment to enhance the building’s energy efficiency while maintaining space thermal comfort and indoor air quality requirement, overall and segmental thermal comfort models with localized air quality, fundamental ventilation, indoor-air-quality, infiltration natural and mechanical ventilation, importance and impact of indoor air quality on human health and energy performance of the building air conditioning system, ASHRAE requirements for ventilatio and personalized ventilation and cooling devices.

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PRGR 643 Heat Pumps - 2 credits

This course covers heat pumps in low energy and passive buildings, ground source heat pump fundamentals, loop systems, open systems, soil/rock classification and conductivity, grouting procedures, performance of ground source heat pumps in housing units, water loop heat pumps inside the building, bore holes, design and optimization of heat pump plants, including heat sources for such plants, and cost effective design options.

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PRGR 645 Building Energy System Modeling - 2 credits

This course covers indoor space thermal models, analysis and modeling of building energy systems involving applications of thermodynamics, economics, heat transfer, fluid flow and optimization, the use of modern computational tools to model thermal performance characteristics of components of HVAC systems including chillers, recovery systems, flow control devices, heat exchanges, solar panels, dehumidification systems, boilers, condensers, cooling towers, fans, duct systems, piping systems, and pumps.

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PRGR 646 Energy Management System of Buildings ** - 2 credits

The Building Management Systems course provides the necessary tools to control, monitor and optimize the building’s facilities, mechanical and electrical equipment for comfort, safety, and efficiency. It covers the principles of the Building Automation Systems (BAS) applied to commercial HVAC equipment, lighting systems, fire and security systems with keen emphasis on the control routine for energy efficiency.

**Can be counted as Energy concentration course

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