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Living Labs: Solving for Carbon Neutrality with High Performance Buildings

Number: BCT 515
Credits: 3
Format: In person

Semester: Spring
Meeting Times: Mon. & Weds: 1:00-3:45pm
Room: 160

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L. Carl Fiocchi,
Ph.D., M.Arch., B.A.

SR. Lecturer & Chief Professional Masters Advisor

Office: Olver Design Building 337
Phone: +1 (413) 545-1866

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Course Description

*Currently Not Offered

This is the first course in a two-course sequence where students will work collaboratively to design and build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) for a community based affordable housing provider. Students will engage in critical, process-based strategies for designing sustainable housing, and will actively engage in all phases of architectural design (schematic design, design development, and construction documentation). There will be a strong emphasis on equity in housing, affordable housing, low-carbon modeling, energy modeling, detailing for construction, as well as construction scheduling and cost estimating as it relates to the project.

Learning Goals

  • Gain practical drawing, digital representation and model making skills.
  • Root design in the study and understanding of human scale and inhabitation.
  • Understand the role of affordable housing in the broader context of social and climate equity.
  • Design and articulate a clear and comprehensive architectural concept and proposal.
  • Resolve form, structure, materials, and technical details in an architectural proposal.
  • Prepare a set of technical drawings, including construction details, for a small residential dwelling.
  • Evaluate different exterior envelope assemblies for performance.
  • Learn basic energy and carbon modelling for residential buildings.
  • Further develop visual, verbal, and writing skills for design communication.
  • Learn basic construction cost estimating and scheduling.



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