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Course

Light-Frame Structure Technology

Number: BCT 313
Credits: 3
Format: In person

Semester: Fall
Meeting Times: TBD
Room: Olver Design Building 162

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Instructor

L. Carl Fiocchi,
Ph.D., M.Arch., B.A.

Lecturer & Chief Professional Masters Advisor

Office: Olver Design Building 337
Phone: +1 (413) 545-1866
Email:

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Course Description

Principles of Light-Frame Structure Technology / Tectonics I provides students with an understanding of the construction industry, processes, and building materials used in contemporary residential & light-frame construction. We will review the entire process of residential construction project: from regulation and design through site preparation, project management, and ultimate delivery of a completed structure. Close attention will be paid to the sequence of events as they occur in most construction projects.

Throughout the semester, focus is drawn to both the structural and energy related performance of various building elements, materials, systems, and strategies used to construct enduring and sensible homes. Coursework is tied closely to the arrival of new products, technologies and regulatory issues affecting the construction industry. This course investigates the products, systems and participants that shape the building-materials and construction industry.

Learning Goals

  • Provide an overview of the construction industry.
  • Investigate various Building Materials.
  • Learn about the Construction Sequence.
  • Explore alternative High Performance Strategies.
  • Introduction to: Scale Ruler, Sketchup, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel

Textbook/Materials

Allen, Edward; Thallon, Rob; Schreyer, Alexander C., “Fundamentals of Residential Construction, 4th Edition”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2017. ISBN:1118977998

Syllabus

313/550 Syllabus 2018

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