All Teaching Resources

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.

Environmental Systems Course Syllabus - Whole Semester - Grad Level 2017

Syllabus for Whole Semester Environmental Systems Course
(Note, the course was later broken into two half-semester courses, which is why I also uploaded a half-semester syllabus.)
Content: Review of energy and building physics, envelope energy and moisture flows, ventilation, daylighting, acoustics, indoor and outdoor water, and active building systems (including HVAC)

Syllabus for "Building [/] Human Interaction"

Syllabus for a graduate level elective on occupant behavior and health (for architects and related disciplines)
Holly W. Samuelson, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Topics: 1. Occupant behavior and its impact on building energy/environmental performance
2. Occupant health, including indoor air quality, toxic materials, design for physical activity, accessible design, lighting/views, circadian rhythms, biophilia, related rating systems, etc

Syllabus for "Daylighting"

Syllabus for a 1/2 semester graduate-level elective for architecture and post-professional students. Focus is on daylight considerations in building design.
Topics include: qualitative and quantitative considerations, advanced daylight simulation, analog analysis methods (using heliodons, sun-path diagrams, & fish-eye lenses.)

Syllabus for "Energy Simulation" 2016

Semester-long advanced elective for graduate architecture and post-professional students.
Holly Samuelson, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Focus is on learning energy simulation and using it to explore concepts of building physics and design, also includes limitations and shortcomings of simulation, as well as alternatives to simulation.

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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