4.401 Introduction to Building Technology

Spring 2006

Photograph of a narrow, shaded street.
A typical street in a hot and dry climate (Corsica, France): Narrow for shading and cooling, high thermal mass to delay daytime heat penetration, exterior shadings and overhangs to minimize solar gains. (Photograph by Prof. Marilyne Andersen.)

Course Description

The course aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the physics related to buildings and to propose an overview of the various issues that have to be adequately combined to offer the occupants a physical, functional and psychological well-being. Students will be guided through the different components, constraints and systems of a work of architecture. These will be examined both independently and in the manner in which they interact and affect one another.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Marilyne Andersen, course materials for 4.401 Introduction to Building Technology, Spring 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

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Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session