CIV_ENV 388-1: Building Science 1

Quarter Offered

Fall : TTh 2:00-3:20 ; Chinazzo


Familiarity with the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics


The course is the first of a two-part series focusing on Building Science. This course aims to provide the fundamental knowledge of the physics related to buildings, focusing on heat and mass transfer, moisture, and the energy consumed in buildings to guarantee the comfort of their occupants.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the environmental parameters and the building components features that affect the energy consumption of a building
  • Describe the heat and mass transfer through building assemblies
  • Calculate the peak load of an enclosed space
  • Calculate the annual energy consumption of a building

 Attending the second part of the course is not compulsory but strongly encouraged.


Suggested textbook


Pinterić, M. (2017). Building Physics: From physical principles to international standards, 1st edition, Elsevier. (Available online through Northwestern library)


Course Outline, Outcomes and Goals