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ARCH 505 – Building Enclosure Systems


This course is to examine new environmentally sustainable methods of designing building enclosure systems. The revision of seven decade old practice of building enclosures as singlelayer curtain walls is the ultimate goal of the course. Bioclimatic design and eco- diversity are the key course themes. New functions of building facades, windows and walls, will be introduced, and their performance criteria will be examined. Various methods of assembling multifunctional enclosure systems will be investigated to enhance the thermal and visual comfort in building perimeter zones and to improve the energy efficiency and resource self-sustainability of opaque and transparent building skins. In the process, recent advancements in insulating glass technology, daylighting systems, and solar and wind energy production methods will be examined. As a final outcome of the course, The main topics of the course include:

1)  Thermal, visual and energy performance of windows and walls,
2)  Multifunctional building enclosure systems,
3)  Renewable energy production from building enclosures,
4)  Sun control, daylighting, natural ventilation and vegetated facade, and
5)  Proposals for a multi-functional resource-producing enclosure system.


Class Instruction Mode:  Online

Mon 8:30-11:30am  


Jong-Jin Kim


Course Brief

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