Elizabethtown College Syllabus

EGR 343
Green Architectural Engineering

 (Fall 2012)


Joseph T. Wunderlich, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Engineering

Associate Chair, Department of Engineering & Physics (Department name-change pending)

Computer Engineering Program Coordinator

Robotics and Machine Intelligence Lab Director


Office: Esbenshade 160C, Department of Engineering & Physics (Department name-change pending)
Office Phone: 717-361-1295

Cell Phone: 717-368-9715
Email: wunderjt@etown.edu
Web site:

Office Hours: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt/schedules/Schedule%20Card%20f12%20joe%20w.htm

Calendar: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt/schedules/CALENDAR3_f12_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 11:00-12:15


Professor’s Related Experience

For the past 20+ years I've been a Computer Engineer (including two neurocomputer designs and partial design of an IBM supercomputer operating system). However, prior to that I had 10+ years of dedicated Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design experience including a BS in Architectural Engineering (U.Texas 1984), 39 credits towards a 2nd degree in Urban Planning (Environmental Design) from the University of California at San Diego, Project Director experience for ~$70M of architectural projects in Texas, California, and Pennsylvania, one year as a Environmental Planner (part-time) for San Diego County, and a one year in a San Francisco engineering consulting firm (including earning two EPA certifications). Most recently I led the design of the new Elizabethtown College Sustainable Design Engineering concentration, and am presently preparing for the LEED GA exam.



1.     Introduction to Green Architectural Engineering

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

3.     Other national and international green standards for building design (codes, environmental laws)

4.     Introduction to Architectural Engineering thermodynamics

5.     Solar design for green buildings (active and passive)

6.     Passive cooling design

7.     Introduction to site engineering and landscape architecture for sustainability

8.     Introduction to Architectural Engineering illumination design

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

10.   Abatement of environmental hazards in buildings

11.   Introduction to acoustical engineering

12.   Green architectural engineering case studies (LEED platinum, Amish, etc.)


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 these outcomes as follows (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



o    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).

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

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



·          Class attendance and participation= 5%

·          LEED Building & Site Analysis (Rating) Project  = 10%

·          Design Project = 30%

·          Midterm Exam = 20% 

·          Comprehensive Final Exam = 35%

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 Green Architectural Engineering
    1. Optimal architectural forms for sustainability
    2. Global history and data on sustainability
    3. Introduction to building standards

                                          i.    LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

1.     U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

2.     LEED Accreditation of individuals (AP, GA, AP+, Fellow)

a.     LEED GA (Green Associate) exams

3.     LEED building ratings system

  1.  (Week 2,3) Introduction to Architectural Engineering thermodynamics
    1. Fundamentals
    2. Human “Comfort”
    3. Climate
  2. (Week 3,4,5) Solar design for green buildings
    1. Fundamentals
    2. Passive solar design
    3. Active solar design

                                          i.    Photovoltaic’s

  1. (Week 6) Passive cooling
  2. (Week 6,7) Introduction to Site Engineering and Landscape Architecture for sustainability
    1. Water and Wastewater
  3. (Week 8,9) Introduction to Architectural Engineering lighting design
    1. Physics of light
    2. Daylighting
    3. Introduction to Illumination Engineering
  4.  (Week 10,11,12) Green HVAC (Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning)
    1. ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air Conditioning Engineers) standards
    2. Introduction to HVAC Design
  5.  (Week 12) Abatement of environmental hazards in buildings
    1. Air quality
    2. Hazardous materials
    3. U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certifications
  6.  (Week 13) Introduction to Acoustical Engineering
    1. Noise Control
  7.  (Week 13,14) Green Architectural Engineering case studies
    1. Selected LEED platinum rated case-studies
    2. Amish and Mennonite homes and farms
    3. State-of-the-art EU (European Union) and Asian green architectures

                                          i.    Influence of LEED standards 

  1. (Week 14,15) More on building standards

                                          i.    International standards, conventions, and environmental laws

                                         ii.    U.S. building codes

                                        iii.    U.S. zoning ordinances

                                        iv.    AIA (American Institute of Architects) standards

                                         v.    More on LEED standards


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



LEED Building & Site Analysis (Rating) Project

Individuals only (no groups). Select a local building and site, and evaluate it for its sustainability using an official LEED building rating sheet. You will not be held to the same expectations as those for a LEED GA (or AP) accredited professional since you’ll not yet have fully developed those skills. No building or site previously analyzed for sustainability by anyone else may be selected.


PRESENTATION: Due date to be announced. Late penalties apply. Use PowerPoint. It should take 8 to 10 minutes; Penalty applied if 12 minutes exceeded.


On presentation day, submit before you present:

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

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



Design Project

No project previously designed for another course will be accepted. Individuals only (no groups). Design a green building and engineer a site in accordance with typical expectations for LEED standards (i.e., try to achieve the highest ranking possible).


PROPOSAL: Due date to be announced. Late penalties apply. Use PowerPoint. It should take approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Pick a real available site anywhere in the world.


PAPER: 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:

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

4.     A printed stapled copy of your paper

5.     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.

6.     Email your paper and presentation to me


Expectations for presentations

·          Minimize unnecessary details

·          A picture is worth a thousand words -- an equation or graph can sometimes be worth more

·          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) 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."