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ES2: Building Dynamics
  • Instructor: Timur Dogan
  • Class Type: Core Lecture
  • When: Spring, Every Year
  • Link: Classes @ Cornell

This course examines the design and analysis of building envelopes, with a focus on the material and energetic transformations taking place at the boundary between architecture and the environment. Topics include: daylighting, glare, comfort, building thermodynamics, envelope assemblies, thermal modeling, and active and passive control systems. In this class, students will learn how to analyze environmental boundary conditions and how building systems can impact both design and ecological processes. The primary focus of the course is the study of advanced principles of climate considerations in architectural design and energy and material flows in the construction and operation of buildings.

The first part of the course will introduce students to the art and science of naturally lit buildings. Advanced topics such as daylight redirection, dynamic blind systems and glare analysis are discussed. The second part of the course is dedicated to the principles of heat and mass transfer in buildings. Along with hands on exercises and experiments, methods to assess envelope transmission losses, natural ventilation, comfort, thermal bridging and radiative heat transfer are introduced. Students will gain proficiency in the use of a range of technologies and tools for the design of “high comfort spaces” that have a “minimum environmental impact”. Students will then be challenged to apply these techniques and to explore the role that building performance considerations can play in shaping architecture.