BBE 4413 -- Changes

Mon Sep 21 11:29:01 2009

Effective Term: New:  1103 - Spring 2010
Old:  1089 - Fall 2008
Max-Min Credits
for Course:
New:  4.0 to 4.0 credit(s)
Old:  3.0 to 3.0 credit(s)
Contact Hours:
New:  4.0 hours per week
Old:  3.0 hours per week
Progress Units:
New:  Not allowed to bypass limits.
4.0 credit(s)
Old:  Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Financial Aid
Progress Units:
New:  Not allowed to bypass limits.
4.0 credit(s)
Old:  Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Repetition of
New:   Repetition not allowed.
Old:   Repetition not allowed.
Proposal Changes: New:  Change credits from 3 to 4 credits for this course
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Please provide a provisional syllabus for new courses and courses in which 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 . 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 Syllabus

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

        Kevin Janni        .        625-3108 (please leave a message)
        204 BAE


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:
        94-100        A
        90-93        A-
        87-89        B+
        84-86        B
        80-83        B-
        77-79        C+
        74-76        C
        70-73        C-
        67-69        D+
        60-66        D
        0-59        F

        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 , 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
        Ceiling/Roof Framing

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

Exam 1

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)
        Moisture: Psychrometrics

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)
        Exam 2

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

        Exam 3

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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