4.411 Building Technology Laboratory

Spring 2004

Elf houses.
An array of several student made "Elf Houses", on the MIT rooftops. (Image courtesy of Prof. Les Norford.)

Course Highlights

This building technology laboratory class includes a complete array of lecture notes, assignments, and labs. Included are several helpful tools for use on the lab projects.

Course Description

In this class, concepts of building technology and experimental methods are studied, in class and in lab assignments. Projects vary yearly and have included design and testing of strategies for daylighting, passive heating and cooling, and improved indoor air quality via natural ventilation. Experimental methods focus on measurement and analysis of thermally driven and wind-driven airflows, lighting intensity and glare, and heat flow and thermal storage. Experiments are conducted at model and full scale and are often motivated by ongoing field work in developing countries.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.

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Prof. Les Norford

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
3 hours / session