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INTR 3030 - Residential Construction and Building Systems

Residential Interiors Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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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.


65% in ALL INTD Certificate Courses and 70% in COMM 1120.





Winter 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2021 term.

CRN 83157

Sat Jan 09 - Sat Mar 27 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 09 - Mar 27 Sat 13:00 - 16:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Mandatory Requirements: 70% in COMM 1120 65% in ALL Interior Design Certificate Courses If you wish to be placed on the INTD department maintained waitlist for this course, please email with the following information: Your name, student number, course number, and CRN.

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.


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

INTR 3030 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit for more information.

Winter 2021

Books for Winter 2021 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

Kitchen & Bath Residential Construction Systems
Author Germer
Copyright 2013
Binding Hardback
ISBN 978-1-11843-910-4
Price $116.50

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Building Construction Illustrated
Author Ching
Publisher Wiley
Copyright 2019
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-11958-308-0
Price $66.95
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Cei Digital: Building Construction Illustrated, 6Th Ed
Author Ching
Copyright 2019
Binding Digital Version
ISBN 978-1-11958-316-5
Price $52.95
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