Academic Catalog

Sustainable Building Science Classes

Measurement, Tools & Safety

Item Number
CONST 105
Credits
2

Introduction to residential and light construction applications and trades. Explores and applies safety standards to the use of various hand and power tools associated with the carpentry field.

Site Leveling, Plans, Codes & Materials

Item Number
CONST 108
Credits
2

Introduction to use and operation of a builder level, including leveling and squaring a building site. Covers building plans, codes and inspections, and construction materials.

Footing & Foundation

Item Number
CONST 112
Credits
3

Introduction to the methods of construction footing and foundation forms, terminology, and inspections for the typical residential home. 

Floor Framing

Item Number
CONST 116
Credits
3

Introduction to the construction procedures and terminology used in framing a residential wood floor. 

Wall Framing, Sheeting & Ceilings

Item Number
CONST 120
Credits
5

Introduction to wall-framing construction procedures and terminology, the application of ceiling and/or two-story framing, inspections, sheeting and aligning. 

Roof Framing

Item Number
CONST 122
Credits
5

Introduction to roof framing and the use of a framing square, including both truss roof and stick-built residential roofs. 

Roofing Materials & Installation

Item Number
CONST 126
Credits
3

Introduction to various roofing materials, including proper installation techniques. 

Stairway Construction

Item Number
CONST 130
Credits
4

Introduction to basic stair construction, including the application of building codes, stairway arrangements, components and layout.

Exterior Finish

Item Number
CONST 134
Credits
3

Introduction to the installation of exterior trim, siding, window and door installation, or the equivalent on typical residential homes.

Interior Finish I

Item Number
CONST 138
Credits
3

Introduction to interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, interior trim and finish flooring. 

Interior Finish II

Item Number
CONST 142
Credits
3

Continuation of interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, interior trim and finish flooring.

Deck Construction

Item Number
CONST 146
Credits
3

Introduction to outside deck construction, including types, code requirements and safety. 

Carpentry Trades

Item Number
CONST 150
Credits
1

Introduction to trade regulations, other building trades workers, industry and standards organization, and entering the carpentry trade. 

Introduction to Sustainability

Item Number
SBS 105
Credits
3

A survey of economic, environmental, and human health principles behind the different approaches to sustainability in the workforce. 

Green Building Design

Item Number
SBS 110
Credits
4

Overview of sustainable green building models, with a focus on energy, indoor health, natural resources and other environmental impact. 

Sustainable Materials in Construction

Item Number
SBS 115
Credits
4

Introduction to the construction materials used in sustainable building design and their impact on a structure’s initial and long-term costs, as well as considerations for the local environment and economy.

Survey of Energy Ratings

Item Number
SBS 120
Credits
4

An overview of the current and emerging efficiency standards for measuring energy usage and consumption, including, but not limited to, Energy Star, BPI, LEED, Built Green, etc.

Alternative Energy Systems

Item Number
SBS 125
Credits
4

An overview of existing and emerging approaches to energy production for use in residential and commercial structures, including, but not limited to, solar/photovoltaics, wind, geothermal, biofuels, etc. 

Insulation Basics

Item Number
SBS 140
Credits
4

Introduction to the different types of insulation commonly used in homes and businesses, with comparisons for their respective costs and levels of energy efficiency. 

Building Envelope

Item Number
SBS 145
Credits
5

Introduction to the principles of heat, light, sound, moisture and air movement within a residential structure, including an overview of external factors that impact a building’s energy integrity. 

Moisture Mitigation

Item Number
SBS 150
Credits
3

Introduction to practices in construction that prevent moisture intrusion, as well as techniques for maintaining healthy living environments free from the destructive impacts of moisture.

Solar Basics

Item Number
SBS 155
Credits
4

Introduction to the basic concepts, components, and uses of photovoltaic technology, as well as costs, benefits, and drawbacks in sustainable construction. 

Diagnostics and Testing

Item Number
SBS 170
Credits
3

Overview of the equipment, technology, systems and software used to measure a building’s energy usage and loss. 

Indoor Air Testing

Item Number
SBS 175
Credits
3

An introduction to understanding and diagnosing environmental problems in residential structures, and the means for mitigating those issues. 

Thermography

Item Number
SBS 180
Credits
3

Introduction to infrared thermography, its principles, and the proper operations of IR camera equipment for diagnosing problems that lead to energy loss in a building. 

Service Learning Project

Item Number
SBS 185CAP
Credits
3

A capstone project that gives students an opportunity to apply their sustainable building science knowledge in a real life setting, focusing on helping nonprofit organizations achieve sustainability in the buildings where they live, work, and serve the public.

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