A. James Clark School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The course is an overview of solar energy, from an engineer’s (489A, B) and a consumer’s (489 F,G) perspective, with a specific focus on the systems design and marketing of a small sustainably crafted house—the UMD Solar Decathlon 2007 House. The course is taught in collaboration with ARCH 478X
Much of the students’ work are done as part of a small team, intensely focusing on a specific aspect of the design. As such, it will be critical to be always aware of how that part relates to the whole. Each moment of their research, exploration, analysis and synthesis is an opportunity to have design input.
In addition to working within a small team, students interact with architecture students. Professional mentors from a wide variety of disciplines will join class for critique sessions, workshops and progress reviews. In all, students can expect a rich experience in a truly interdisciplinary, integrated design team. There will be a great deal of back-and-forth in this necessarily iterative process of testing and refinement of ideas.
While a good bit of the work will have a tangible, even practical, goal, the work will be
underpinned by a solid foundation of engineering and economic principles. Comprehension of major themes, theories, and techniques in the development of building systems (energy supply and use, water supply and use, waste and life cycle analysis), their integration in building craft, and corresponding value systems will be developed through several means: