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Passive Heating and Cooling Design


The concepts of passive solar heating and natural ventilation-based cooling are simple and straightforward. Accurate positioning and sizing of glass, mass, operable windows, and movable insulation, however, are more involved tasks essential to the design of thermally delightful spaces. The exercises of this course equip future designers to use site-specific weather data, field instruments, and building energy models to characterize a site's solar and wind resources, to select mass and glazing configurations suitable for the site and program, and to position and schedule operable vents and movable insulation for desired effects. Ultimately, students will design high-performing passive solar and natural ventilation systems at sites of their choice and evaluate the performance of their designs. This course is quantitative and uses both S-I and I-P units.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * TM428 or TM7428 or SUS4029 and one of SUS4017 or TM7314 or TM314
Co-Requisites None.


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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