CAE 331/513 Building Science is the study of the physical interaction of climate (e.g., humidity, temperature, wind, sun, rain, snow, etc.) and buildings. Topics include psychrometrics, indoor air quality, indoor thermal comfort, heat transfer, air infiltration, solar insolation, and heating and cooling load calculations.

Course Syllabus (includes current schedule, which is updated periodically throughout the semester)

Lecture Notes

  • Aug 22 Introduction to building science
  • Aug 24 Pre-requisite review, energy concepts, and units
  • Aug 29 Heat transfer in buildings (conduction)
  • Aug 31 Heat transfer in buildings (finish conduction)
  • Sep 5 Heat transfer in buildings (convection)
  • Sep 7 Heat transfer in buildings (radiation) 
  • Sep 12 Heat transfer in buildings (combined heat transfer and energy balances) 
  • Sep 14 Heat transfer in buildings (fenestration)
  • Sep 18 Human thermal comfort
  • Sep 21 Exam review
  • Sep 26 Exam 1
  • Sep 28 Intro to HVAC systems
  • Oct 3 Psychrometrics (chart)
  • Oct 5 Psychrometrics (equations)
  • Oct 10 Mechanical systems and psychrometric processes
  • Oct 12 Mechanical systems and psychrometric processes
  • Oct 17 HVAC components and refrigeration cycles
  • Oct 19 HVAC components and refrigeration cycles
  • Oct 24 Campus HVAC tour
  • Oct 26 Exam 2
  • Oct 31 Air and water distribution systems and fans
  • Nov 2 Ventilation and indoor air quality 
  • Nov 7 Ventilation and indoor air quality
  • Nov 9 Infiltration and natural ventilation
  • Nov 14 Heating load calculations
  • Nov 16 Cooling load calculations 
  • Nov 21 Cooling load calculations
  • Nov 23 No class – Thanksgiving Day
  • Nov 28 Energy estimation and designing for energy efficiency
  • Nov 30 Standards and guidelines for energy efficiency
  • Week of Dec 4 Final Exam