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Thermal Imaging Lab

A lab assignment that asks students to perform an enclosure assessment by detecting sources of air leakage and thermal bridging utilizing infrared thermography

In this lab we ask students to perform an enclosure assessment by detecting sources of air leakage and thermal bridging in one of our buildings using infrared thermometers along with infrared thermography.

Air leaks show up different from thermal bridges although they can often look similar on infrared images. They learn to distinguish between the two types and assess the consequences to a building’s enclosure performance.

Thermal Performance

Lecture content for an introduction to the thermal performance of building enclosures

This lecture provides an introduction to thermal performance of building enclosures. It starts with repeating the principles of thermal heat transfer through the example of a fin tube radiator, which perfectly blends all these principles together. We then look at the different units for measuring heat and energy before moving to how we can characterize heat transfer through enclosure in a uniform way (U-Values and R-Values).

Understanding Climate for Design - A Game

This is a demonstration of a game I play with my students in my introduction to Environmental Systems class.
Students break into teams and are given charts, including solar sunpath diagrams and graphs from the tool Climate Consultant, representing one of three cities. They are taught how to read the graphs and charts, as well as solar geometry basics. Each team is tasked with describing their climate, and guessing their actual city.

Understanding Climate Game
This is a demonstration of a game I play with my students in my introduction to Environmental Systems class.

Water Supply System Understanding

A lab assignment for students to study schematic riser diagrams

In this assignment I ask my students to study the schematic riser diagram and come up with question of

  • what they don't know,
  • what seems "strange" to them
  • and what is the purpose of each section.

They have to try on their own, then discuss in teams, and then develop strategies (identify methodologies) to find the best possible answers to their questions. This excercise starts in class, where I move from team to team to facilitate some of the questions for them to further their research.

Water Supply Systems

These are lecture slides for teaching water supply systems, components, and design considerations.

This lecture covers a set of slides for teaching water supply systems, components, and design considerations that I draw from when covering this topic in a Building Systems Technology course.

Thermal Comfort Lecture

These lecture slides provide some context and history to the sensitive topic of climate control in buildings

Why is climate control important?
Who has influence and control over the climate of the building?

These lecture slides provide some context and history to this sensitive topic.

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