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Building Environment and Climate BSCI 9100

Building Science Course

Course details

The course provides advanced understanding of the physical and environmental interconnections between the building and the local urban environment in the context of the local climate, while considering humans as integral receivers and enablers of the built environment. Topics include, atmospheric circulations as affected by oceans and land, the large scale weather context for buildings and the influence of small scale circulations and local weather; local wind and solar radiation; urban heat island (UHI); thermal and water balances and effects in urban microclimates; building-urban green-house gas (GHG) mitigation; building-urban adaptation to climate change; adaptive human comfort and environmental health; and human responses and adaptations to the built environment. Students will conduct measurements on the built environment, analyze environmental data, and build mathematical models to simulate strategies and systems to achieve more interconnected and sustainable built environments.






Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of BSCI 9100 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 79241


Wed Jan 04 - Wed Apr 12 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 79241
  • $1737.29
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 12 Wed 14:30 - 17:30 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 403


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please contact Program Assistant, at for approval to register for this course. Please include your A#.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamentals of fluid dynamics relevant to building performance including conservation equations, limiting forms of the Navier-Stokes equations, high Reynolds number flows, boundary layer concepts, and turbulence.
  • Explain macro- and meso-scale atmospheric circulations and their effects on local weather events, including the influences of ocean and land masses and topographical influences, in the British Columbian context.
  • Evaluate wind and rain loads on buildings by applying empirical approaches based on concepts of the atmospheric boundary layer, wind velocity gradients, the power law for wind pressures, topographical and urban influences, building geometry and pressure coefficients, wind-driven rain, and water detention/retention on site.
  • Assess interdependence of the urban landscape and buildings from the perspectives of air pollution; site conditions and microclimates; human comfort; and urban heat island.
  • Select, process, and analyze meteorological data from local stations and standard weather files to be used in simulation models and performance projections under future climate scenarios.
  • Use statistical analysis and methods on urban climate and environmental data to evaluate prevailing local environmental conditions surrounding built environments, the inherent uncertainties involved, and their impacts on building performance.
  • Evaluate passive and hybrid low-energy systems and technologies that integrate human comfort and health aspects as well as urban ecology and environmental sustainability principles into the urban built environment.
  • Assess conditions for thermal comfort using models and indices that consider human perception and thermoregulation, solar radiation and local environmental conditions, and adaptive human responses.
  • Communicate building science priorities related to the sustainability of the built environment with colleagues of other disciplines, while considering practical multi-disciplinary challenges and constraints.
  • Discuss the impacts, roles and responsibilities of engineers to protect the public and property, while considering social and environmental implications of decisions and actions.
  • Apply research principles and methods, and develop research plans to investigate building science environmental and climate related issues.

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

Building Environment and Climate (BSCI 9100) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Engineering/Building Science
    Master of Applied Science Full-time/Part-time
  2. Building Science
    Master of Engineering Full-time/Part-time


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