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Residential Construction and Building Systems INTR 3030

Residential Interiors Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course provides students with the fundamental understanding of wood frame and steel stud construction as it applies to residential projects, and how interior design components interface with the building structure in new and existing residential buildings. Topics include foundations, flooring, interior & exterior wall systems, roofing, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems, hazardous materials, topics surrounding energy efficiency, windows and doors, base building materials, cabinetry and accessories. Students will further explore best practices in designing a sustainable dwelling. Students will explore the roles of members of the design and building team, and learn standard building terms and processes in order to communicate effectively as a team member.




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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Interpret architectural drawings in order to translate dimensions and building features accurately.
  • Identify principles of wood frame and steel stud construction as they apply to residential interior design projects.
  • Discuss the differences associated with designing for a renovation compared to a new construction project.
  • Evaluate the building components such as foundations, drainage systems, floor and roof systems, doors and windows to determine how the interior design components will interface with the structure.
  • Identify electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems and recognize the implications of interior design decisions on creating a healthy environment.
  • Specify appropriate windows, doors and door hardware.
  • Identify the impact of construction specifications in terms of site location, energy efficiency and the potential for natural energies on heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.
  • Explore possible solutions to common construction problems in renovation projects.
  • Factor changes to the building structure into the project budget.
  • Differentiate between the roles of members of the design and building team – the architect, interior designer, contractor, trades and suppliers.
  • Communicate project constraints and design solutions with clarity to the design and building team.
  • List the pollutants that degrade the indoor air quality of a home and recognize hazardous materials typically used in a residential built environment.

Effective as of Winter 2016

Related Programs

Residential Construction and Building Systems (INTR 3030) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Kitchen & Bath Design
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  2. Residential Interiors
    Diploma Part-time


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