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BSCI 9100 - Building Environment and Climate

Building Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course is a continuation of Building Science 1 and focuses on environmental conditions and human factors relevant to building performance. Topics include solar time, solar geometry, and solar radiation; the atmosphere, oceans, and land; the large scale weather context for buildings and the influence of small scale circulations; human thermal comfort; indoor environmental health; human responses to sounds and odours; urban factors; and climate change. Students will apply mathematics, science, and technology to analyze and discuss problems and solutions related to fundamental aspects of passive solar design, wind and rain on buildings, natural ventilation, off-gassing and pollutants, environmental sustainability, and auxiliary inputs. The course is delivered through lectures, assignments, and seminars.


BSCI 9000



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Calculate solar radiation on building surfaces by applying concepts of solar-time, sun-earth geometry, and clear sky and diffuse radiation.
  • Compute variations in atmospheric pressure, density, and temperature based on concepts of hydrostatic equilibrium and assumptions of isothermal or adiabatic conditions.
  • 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 weather patterns including descriptions of Hadley cells and the Coriolis effect; convergence, divergence, and vertical motion; upper-level winds and the jet stream; the influences of oceans, land masses, and ice-caps; global climate normals and climate change; cyclonic lows and precipitation; topographical influences; weather observations and maps; and 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, and wind-driven rain.
  • Assess interdependence of the urban landscape and buildings from the perspectives of air, light, and noise pollution; site conditions and micro-climates; street-canyon effect and pedestrian wind comfort; urban heat island; and storm-water runoff.
  • Assess conditions for thermal comfort considering human thermoregulation, mean radiant temperature, thermal non-uniformity and local discomfort, and adaptive human response.
  • Evaluate fenestration and thermal mass for indoor environmental comfort and health, considering the thermal environment and benefits of natural lighting.
  • Develop conceptual design solutions to control noise, considering sources of sound, transmission paths, vibration, and human responses to sound.
  • Assess ventilation systems for indoor environmental health, considering ventilation rates for removal of airborne contaminants.

Effective as of Fall 2011

Related Programs

BSCI 9100 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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