Mon Sep 21 11:29:01 2009
1103 - Spring 2010
Old: 1089 - Fall 2008
4.0 to 4.0 credit(s)
Old: 3.0 to 3.0 credit(s)
4.0 hours per week
Old: 3.0 hours per week
Not allowed to bypass limits.
Old: Not allowed to bypass limits.
Not allowed to bypass limits.
Old: Not allowed to bypass limits.
Repetition not allowed.
Old: Repetition not allowed.
Change credits from 3 to 4 credits for this course
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changes in content and/or description and/or credits are proposed that
include the following information: course goals and description;
format/structure of the course (proposed number of instructor contact
hours per week, student workload effort per week, etc.); topics to be
covered; scope and nature of assigned readings (texts, authors,
frequency, amount per week); required course assignments; nature of any
student projects; and how students will be evaluated.
The University policy on credits is found under Section 4A of "Standards for Semester Conversion" at http://www.fpd.finop.umn.edu/groups/senate/documents/policy/semestercon.html . Provisional course syllabus information will be retained in this system until new syllabus information is entered with the next major course modification, This provisional course syllabus information may not correspond to the course as offered in a particular semester.
New: BBE 4413: A Systems Approach to Residential Construction
Spring 2010 Seavey / Janni
Course Title: A Systems Approach to Residential Construction
Credits: 4 credits
Day/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 3:00 ┐ 4:30 PM
Meeting Room: 19 Green Hall
Instructors: Bob Seavey 624-3028 (please leave a message) 30B Kaufert Lab firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Janni . 625-3108 (please leave a message)
204 BAE email@example.com
Office Hours: Seavey: 2:00 - 3:00 Tuesday and Thursday and by appointment
Janni: 4:30 - 5:00 Tuesday and Thursday after April 8 or by appointment
Description: This course begins with an introduction to residential construction, key building materials, and housing terminology. It will cover the construction process, including basic building science concepts and important tips for a designing, building, and maintaining an efficient, durable structure and a healthy indoor living environment.
The second portion of this course will investigate the dynamic and interrelated issues of energy, moisture control, and indoor air quality in residential buildings. The emphasis is on design, construction, and operational aspects of the house to provide an energy-efficient, durable structure and a healthy living environment. The course will build skills in the following areas:
- fundamentals of heat, air, and moisture transport
- strong understanding of psychrometrics
- how to perform building energy calculations
- solid understanding of basic building materials and assemblies
- overview of residential mechanical systems
- principles for good indoor air quality
Required Texts: Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction. 1997. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Guide to the Performance-Built House. 1993 (available on WebCT)
EEBA Builders Guide for Cold Climates by Lstiburek. 2006
Kalduski, Richard. Heating Systems for Your New Home. 1998
Kadulski, Richard. Residential Ventilation: Achieving IAQ. 1988
Supplemental*: Canadian Home Builder┐s Association┐s Builder┐s Manual
Moisture Control Handbook by Lstiburek & Carmody. 1994
* These books will be placed on reserve in the Forestry Library.
Grading: The course grades will be broken down as follows:
Exam 1: Basics of Residential Construction 20%
Exam 2: Building Envelope 20%
Exam 3: Mechanical Systems 20%
Project (3 x 5 points each) 25%
Assignments (3 x 5 points each) 15%
Exams: All exams will be closed book. Only in an emergency will a student be allowed a make-up exam. If you have such an emergency, you must notify the lead instructor prior to the exam.
Assignments: The assignments and projects are due at the beginning of the specified class period. Assignments turned in after this time will be given one half of the original grade. Assignments turned in more than one week after the due date will not be graded, without prior permission.
Grades: The final letter grades will be base on the following percentages:
Students taking this course for graduate credit will be required to complete an additional project developed in consultation with the instructors.
Policies: Attendance: You are expected to be in class from 3:00 to 4:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; this means coming to class on time and staying to the end. You should read through reading material on a topic prior to class; then read and study it again after it has been discussed in class. If you choose to be absent, it is your responsibility to obtain handouts and information about material covered during class from fellow students.
Respect: You are expected to be attentive during class, ask questions if you do not understand something, and to offer your opinion. You are also expected to listen respectfully to other students and to the instructor. Racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ageism and other forms of bigotry are inappropriate to express in this class.
Incompletes: Incompletes will be given only in the case of a prolonged illness. Exceptions will be rare and will be at my discretion. Procrastination or failure to be aware of assignments due because you have not attended class are not acceptable rationale for receiving an incomplete.
Late Assignments: Not reading the syllabus or failure to be aware of assignments due because you have not attended class will not be accepted as an excuse for late assignments.
Computer use in class: Computer may be used in class to take notes. Connection to the internet during class time is prohibited.
Cell Phones: Phone use in class is prohibited. Please turn off your phone before class begins.
Accommodations: If you have any disability that might affect your performance in this class, you are encouraged to speak with me at the beginning of the term.
Academic Integrity: Students are responsible for maintaining academic integrity by submitting his or her own original work. All suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be vigorously pursued.
WEB Vista A WebVista website will be used for this class. You can access the website once it is ready by going to http://myu.umn.edu , go to myU Home and click on the Sign-In link. We will announce in class when the website is available.
In this class, our use of technology will sometimes make students' names and U of M Internet IDs visible within the course website, but only to other students in the same class. Since we are using a secure, password-protected course website, this will not increase the risk of identity theft or spamming for anyone in the class. If you have concerns about the visibility of your Internet ID, please contact me for further information.
Class Date Topics Assigned Reading
Section 1: Introduction to Residential Construction
Week 1 Course Overview, Construction Process, CWFHC Pages 1-52
Excavation & Concrete,
Footings - Foundations & Slabs
Week 2 Lumber & Framing, Floor & Wall CWFHC Pages 52-110
Week 3 Flashing & Roofing, Wall Sheathing & CWFHC Pages 111- 158
Framing Finish, Windows & Doors
Week 4 Exterior Trim & Stairs, Details for CWFHC Pages 159 - 258
Mechanicals, Thermal Insulation,
Vapor/Air, Air; Fire and Sound,
Interior Finishes, Maintenance,
Engineered Wood, Concrete & Masonry
Section 2: Overview and Building Science Principles
Week 5 House as a System, Chapter 1.1 (PBH)
Energy: Basics Chapter 2.1 (PBH)
Intro & Chapter 1 (BG)
Week 6 Energy: Heat Transfer Chapter 2.3 & 2.4 (PBH)
Moisture: Basics Chapter 2.5 & 2.5 (PBH)
Week 7 Wood Moisture Relationships Chapter 1.8 (PBH)
Indoor Air Quality Chapter 2.2 (PBH)
Airflows in Buildings
Section 3: Building Envelope
Week 8 Envelope Overview Chapter 3.1 (PBH)
Chapters 2 & 3 (BG)
Foundations Chapter 3.2 (PBH)
Chapter 4 (BG)
Week 9 Walls Chapter 3.3 (PBH)
Appendix I. (BG)
Chapter 5,6 & 7 (BG)
Week 9 Ceilings & Roofs Chapter 3.4 (PBH)
Week 10 Windows, Doors & Skylights Chapter 3.5 (PBH)
Appendix IV. (BG)
Chapter 1.3 ┐ 1.6 (PBH)
Section 4: Mechanical Systems
Week 11 Mechanical Systems Overview Chapter 4.1 (PBH)
Chapters 1, 2 & 3 (HS)
Chapter 8 (BG)
Heating Systems Chapters 5, 6 & 7 (HS)
Week 12 Cooling & Ductwork Chapter 4.3 & 4.5 (PBH)
Indoor Air Quality & Ventilation Chapter 4.4 (PBH)
Chapters 1, 2 & 3 (RV)
Week 13 Ventilation Chapters 4 & 7 (RV)
Filtration & Dehumidification Chapter 10 (HS)
Week 14 Water Heating, Lights & Appliances Chapter 1.7 (PBH)
Chapter 8 (HS)
Week 15 Course Review
CWFHC = Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction
PBH = Guide to a Performance Built House
BG = Builders Guide for Cold Climates
HS = Heating Systems
RV = Residential Ventilation
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