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Course Outlines

INTD 3320 Materials and Specifications

School School of Construction and the Environment
Program Diploma of Interior Design
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 65%
Start Date January 04, 2021
End Date March 22, 2021
Total Hours 36
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites ​Entrance Requirements for Diploma and INTD 3100* Design Theory 2 and COMM 2320* Communication 2. *May be taken concurrently
CRN 88253

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Shauna Root
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location n/a
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course builds and expands on knowledge gained in previous material courses as they apply to commercial interior projects. Students will prepare specifications for various materials with consideration of their physical properties and appropriate applications. Focus will be on sourcing responsible materials for the interior environment.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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

  • Source materials and finishes for commercial interior environments.
  • Integrate sustainable assessment criteria for the selection of materials.
  • Identify materials that impact indoor air quality.
  • Identify the appropriateness of material selection for commercial applications.
  • Calculate the embodied energy of a material.
  • Recognize when to use the following methods of specification writing; Master Format divisions as they apply to interior design, comprehensive material specifications for construction drawings, typical Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E) specification.
  • Engage in responsible decision-making with consideration for current and future generations.

Learning Resources

Interior Design Materials and Specifications, Godsey, Lisa; Fairchild Books Inc. New York (online text available)

Specifying Interiors, McGowan, Publisher Wiley, ISBN 978-0-471-69261-4

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Assignment #120
Assignment #220
Assignment #330
Lab 1 - Material Selection5
Lab 2 - Commercial Carpet Specification5
Lab 3 - New Material Investigation5
Learning Hub Discussion Posts10
Final Quiz5

Course Schedule and Assignments



Assignments / Readings / Activities


Jan 4


  • Course Outline and Introduction
  • Syllabus / Course Schedule review of Milestones, Assignment, Labs, Additional Reading


  • Green Building Material
  • Product Priority for Selection
  • Vocabulary


  • Assignment 1


Jan 11


  • Material Life Cycle
  • Videos - Vancouver Landfill Tour & The Story of Stuff


  • Red List Materials


Jan 18


  • Appropriateness of Material selection for Commercial applications.
  • Introduce EPD & HPD’s.
  • Video - WELL Healthy Buildings


  • Material lists by P&W, HOK, Gensler


  • Discussion Post on Week 2 Video


  • Lab 1 Material Selection and Properties


Jan 25


  • Properties of Materials Effects on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Video - TBC


  • Lab 1 on Material Selection


Feb 1


  • Material Life Cycle Assessment & Embodied Energy


  • LCA for their Materials Assignment 1


Discussion Post on Week 4 Video


Assignment 2


Feb 8

Guest Speaker - Connor Holloway, Shaw Contract Carpet

  • Group Discussion/ Review - In Lieu of Quiz

Studio Time:

  • Lab 2: Commercial Carpet Specification
  • Lab Time for Assignment 2


Lab 2 Commercial Carpet Tile Specification


Feb 15

No Class - Family Day

  • Movie in Lieu of Class: The 11th Hour


Discussion Post on Movie


Feb 22


  • Specification Types, Application and Use
  • Master Format


  • Lab Time for Assignment 2


Lab 2 Commercial Carpet Tile Specification


Mar 1


  • Comprehensive Specifications for Construction
  • FF&E Specification/ Finish Plan/ Legend

Studio Time

  • Lab Time for Assignment 3


Assignment 2


Assignment 3


Mar 8


  • Fire, Flammability and Smoke Performance Requirements

Video: Fire Test

Studio Time:

  • Lab 3
  • Lab Time for Assignment 3


Lab 3: Fabric Flame spread & Smoke, Abrasion


Mar 15

Studio time:

  • Lab Time for Assignment 3


Discussion Post on Week 10 Video

Lab 3 Fabric-Flame-Abrasion


Mar 22

Quiz/ Final Exam

Final Exam / Quiz


Assignment 3

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Construction and the Environment

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Shauna Root, Instructor
December 23, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Manon Pace, Program Head
January 04, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Michael Currie, Associate Dean
January 04, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.