Elizabethtown College Syllabus

EGR 343
Green Architectural Engineering


Fall 2014


Joseph T Wunderlich PhD

Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Engineering

Program Coordinator for Computer Engineering Major and Architectural Studies Minor

Director of the Design and Technology-Transfer Studio



Office: Esbenshade 160C and E273, Department of Engineering & Physics
Office Phone:717-361-1295

Web site: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt

Office Hours and Calendar: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt/schedules/CALENDAR3_f14_web.htm



State-of-the-art green architectural engineering methods for residential, commercial, and industrial real-estate development in industrialized countries. Green building design methods for heating, cooling, lighting, power generation & distribution, water-management, indoor air-quality control, and noise abatement. Green construction methods. Green building standards including local building codes, zoning ordinances, and national and international standards. Case studies from the simplest Amish homes to state-of-the-art US, EU, and Asian green architectures. *Co-requisite: Physics III or permission of instructor. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Prof. Wunderlich.  Course Credit & Contact Hours: 3, 3


Times Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am -12:15pm



1.     LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards

2.     Introduction to Architectural Engineering thermodynamics

3.     Passive solar design for green buildings

4.     Overview of active solar design for green buildings (mostly covered in EGR276)

5.     Passive cooling design

6.     Introduction to site engineering (mostly covered in EGR275)

7.     Introduction to Landscape Architecture

8.     Introduction to Architectural Engineering illumination design

9.     Introduction to Architectural Engineering HVAC (Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning) design

10.   Abatement of environmental hazards in buildings

11.   Introduction to Architectural Engineering acoustical design


Learning Outcomes

ABET (Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology) requires all engineering programs to cover:

1.     (ABET-a): An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

2.     (ABET-b): An ability to design and construct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

3.     (ABET-c): An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.

4.     (ABET-d): An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

5.     (ABET-e): Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

6.     (ABET-f):  An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

7.     (ABET-g): Communicate effectively orally and in writing

8.     (ABET-h): A broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

9.     (ABET-i): A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning  

10.   (ABET-j): A knowledge of contemporary issues

11.   (ABET-k): An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

This course has been determined to contribute to these outcomes as follows (pre-2014/15 scale) with “c” sampled for ABET:























5 = Very strong support of ABET Program Outcome

4 = Strong support of ABET Program Outcome

3 = Moderate support of ABET Program Outcome

2 = Weak support of ABET Program Outcome

1 = Little or no support of ABET Program Outcome


This course has been determined to contribute to these outcomes as follows (2014/15 scale):























3 = Very strong support of ABET Program Outcome


Required Textbooks:

·          Norbert Lechner, Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, 2007, Wiley; 3rd edition, November 24, 2008 (ISBN: 978047004809) available in book store (Required purchase).

·          Joan Whaley Gallup, Wellness Centers: A Guide for the Design Professional, Wiley; 1 edition, April 26, 1999, (ISBN: 978-0471253372) available in book store (Required purchase).


Other Readings:

·          Various LEED documentation (handed-outs and web references)

·          Selected excerpts on related Architectural Engineering topics (handed-outs and web references)

·          If needed photocopying becomes excessive, a packet of handouts may be distributed through the bookstore; if so, it must be purchased.



15% Site plan sketches and initial architectural design “program”

35% Design Presentation and Paper

15% Design Poster

35% Final Exam


Course Grade:
(60-62)=D-, (63-67)=D, (68-69)=D+, (70-72)=C-, (73-77)=C, (78-79)=C+, (80-82)=B-, (83-87)=B, (88-89)=B+, (90-92)=A-, (93-100)=A
(with any fractional part rounded to the nearest integer)



  1. (Week 1,2)  Introduction to building standards
    1. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
    2. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  1. (Week 2,3,4) Introduction to Architectural Engineering thermodynamics
    1. Fundamentals
    2. Human “Comfort”
    3. Climate
  1. (Week 5,6,7) Solar design for green buildings
    1. Fundamentals
    2. Passive solar design
    3. Overview of Active solar design (mostly covered in EGR276)
  2. (Week 8) Passive cooling
  3. (Week 9) Introduction to Site Engineering (mostly covered in EGR276)
  4. (Week 10) Introduction to Landscape Architecture
  5. (Week 11,12) Introduction to Architectural Engineering lighting design
    1. Physics of light
    2. Daylighting
    3. Introduction to Illumination Engineering
  6. (Week 13,14) Introduction to Architectural Engineering HVAC (Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning)
  7. (Week 15 ) Abatement of environmental hazards in buildings
  8. (Week 15 ) Introduction to Introduction to Architectural Engineering Acoustical Engineering
  1. (Week 15 ) More on building standards
    1. International standards, conventions, and environmental laws
    2. U.S. building codes and zoning ordinances
    3. AIA (American Institute of Architects) standards
    4. More on LEED standards


Changes: This schedule provides a guideline for expectations; minor changes may be made during the semester



Semester Project

Groups of two or three students. Project details to be defined in class. Design a WELLNESS CENTER FOR THE ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE CAMPUS


SITE PLAN SKETCHES and INITIAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PROGRAM PLAN: Due date to be announced. Late penalties apply. Include demographics, climate data, satellite images, LEED goals, etc. Submit a word document via email.

All engineering majors also put a copy in your individual folder in the “Engineering Portfolios” folder on the “J:” network drive. 


FINAL PRESENTATION / DEFENSE: Due date to be announced (same day as paper). Late penalties apply. Use PowerPoint. It should take 8 to 10 minutes; Penalty applied if 12 minutes exceeded.

POSTER: Due date to be announced. Late penalties apply. Use PowerPoint, incorporate feedback from the audience for your talk.


PAPER: Due date to be announced (same day as presentation). Late penalties apply. Must be in two-column, single-spaced, 10-point font using IEEE formatting dictated by: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt/IEEE_CONF_PAPER_FORMATTING.pdf. The body of the paper should be 4 to 6 pages. Include:

·          An Abstract (one or two paragraphs)

·          An Introduction section

·          LEED self-assessment of your project (using an official LEED Rating form)

·          A number of discussion and design sections

·          A Conclusions section

·          A bibliography (a list of citations) – call it “References.” Excessive use of Wikipedia and non-scholarly citations will be penalized. See: http://www2.etown.edu/library/scholarlyjournals.htm (USE LIBRARY and GOOGLE SCHOLAR)

·          Appendices for supporting materials including:

1.     A detailed, professionally drawn site plan

2.     Professionally drawn elevations of all four sides of your building

3.     Professionally drawn floor plans

4.     Building Cross-sections and Detail-Drawings of particularly note-worthy Green architectural features

5.     (OPTIONAL) Manufacturer’s literature

6.     (OPTIONAL) Professionally written construction specifications appropriate for contactors to bid on project


On presentation day, submit before you present:

1.     A printed stapled copy of your PowerPoint presentation; six slides per page

2.     A printed stapled copy of your paper

3.     All engineering majors put a copy of your group’s paper and presentation in your individual folder in the “Engineering Portfolios” folder on the “J:” network drive.

4.     Email your paper and presentation to me

Submit after your present (and incorporating feedback from presentation):

5.     Poster in your public folder

6.     All engineering majors put a copy of your poster in your individual folder in the “Engineering Portfolios” folder on the “J:” network drive.  


Expectations for presentations

·          Minimize unnecessary details

·          A picture is worth a thousand words 

·          Less than 30 words per slide

·          Don’t have too many slides

·          Ensure good contrast between text and background (will the lights be on?)

·          Put an image on every page (clip-art, photo, animation, a sketch) which is an abstraction of the subject

·          Don’t read from script or speak monotonically

·          Don’t have too many (or annoying) sound effects

·          Make eye contact with audience

·          Have a clear objective ( to sell design, to motivate, or to report findings)

·          Have a good opener (an agenda, a quotation, a question, or a declaration)

·          Be organized and logical (present problem then solution; or have priorities – least-to-most or most-to-least)

·          Have audience’s expectations understood (provide meaning and/or motivation)

·          Have good transitions between main points

·          Have a good closing (summarize main ideas, restate purpose of presentation)

·          Be flexible (adapt if questions are asked during presentation)



Elizabethtown College welcomes students with disabilities to participate in all of its courses, programs, and activities.  If you have a documented disability and require accommodations to access course material, activities, or requirements, you must: (1) Contact the Director of Disability Services, Lynne Davies, in the Center for Student  Success, BSC 228, by phone (361-1227) or email daviesl@etown.edu; and (2) Meet with the instructor within two weeks of receiving a copy of the accommodation letter from Disability Services to discuss your accommodation needs and their implementation.


Academic Honesty

Elizabethtown College Pledge of Integrity: "Elizabethtown College is a community engaged in a living and learning experience, the foundation of which is mutual trust and respect. Therefore, we will strive to behave toward one another with respect for the rights of others, and we promise to represent as our work only that which is indeed our own, refraining from all forms of lying, plagiarizing, and cheating."