Elizabethtown College

EGR343 “Green Architectural Engineering”

   Fall 2016


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.



Professor:  Joseph T Wunderlich PhD, Program Coordinator for Computer Engineering, and Architectural Studies

Offices: E284E or E273
Office: 717-361-1295   Cell: 717-368-9715
wunderjt@etown.edu    Website: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt

Office Hours: http://users.etown.edu/w/wunderjt/schedules/CALENDAR3_f16_web.htm


Meeting Times

     Wednesday, Friday 2:00pm-3:20pm



        5%      Homework(s)

      10%      Participation & Etiquette in all in-class activities and assignments (some to be completed as homework)

      20%      Semester Research & Design Proposal, and presentation; Due 2:00pm Friday, October 21st including:

·          Hardcopy of abstract, outline, and annotated bibliography

·          PowerPoint presentation including original creative work by each person

      20%      Semester Project Final Design presentation including original creative work by each person; Due 2:00pm Wednesday, November 30th 

      15%      Semester Project Final Design Paper hardcopy including original creative work by each person; Due 2:00pm Wednesday, November 30th 

      30%      FINAL EXAM (Comprehensive) 2:30pm – 5:30pm Tuesday, December 13th

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)


Student Learning Outcomes


·          Intro to site selection, land development, landscape architecture, and Master Plans

·          Passive solar design

·          Active solar design (partially covered in EGR276)

·          Passive cooling design

·          Passive heating design

·          Intro to Architectural Engineering illumination design

·          Intro to Architectural Engineering thermodynamics

·          Intro to Architectural Engineering HVAC (Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning) design

·          Intro to Architectural Engineering acoustical design

·          LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards

·          Project Feasibility

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

(ABET-a): Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

(ABET-b): Design and construct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

(ABET-c): Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.

(ABET-d): Function on multi-disciplinary teams

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

(ABET-f):  Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

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

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

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

(ABET-j):  Knowledge of contemporary issues

(ABET-k): 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


Textbooks and Readings

·    Norbert Lechner, Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, Wiley; 4th edition, October 13, 2014. (ISBN: 9781118582428) (Required Purchase)

·    Reading Packet in Bookstore mid-September (Required Purchase)

·    AIA Graphics Standards (several versions) – excerpts distributed

·    Various LEED documentation (handed-outs and web references including: http://www.usgbc.org/leed )

·    “Sweets Catalog on-line”: http://sweets.construction.com/ 

School Closure / Class Cancelation

Additional readings will be assigned to cover any class cancelations



Class participation is part of your course grade. Also. Exams cover much material that is only presented in lecture.


No cell phone or laptop use in class

Texting, emailing, or web-surfing in class is a breach of classroom etiquette. This can very much affect your “Participation & Etiquette” grade. Also, no laptop use is allowed without a documented need by Elizabethtown College student services. Research now shows that taking hand-written notes is better for learning: http://www.npr.org/2016/04/17/474525392/attention-students-put-your-laptops-away


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."    [ See the 2016-17 Elizabethtown College Catalog, “Standards of Academic Integrity” (http://catalog.etown.edu/content.php?catoid=10&navoid=507#Academic_Judicial_System) or Academic Integrity at Elizabethtown College, 11th ed. (https://www.etown.edu/offices/dean-of-students/files/academic-integrity-handbook.pdf) ]



Elizabethtown College welcomes otherwise qualified students with disabilities to participate in all of its courses, programs, services, and activities. If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations in order to access course material, activities, or requirements, please contact the Director of Disability Services, Lynne Davies, by phone (361-1227) or e-mail daviesl@etown.edu. If your documentation meets the college’s documentation guidelines, you will be given a letter from Disability Services for each of your professors.  Students experiencing certain documented temporary conditions, such as post-concussive symptoms, may also qualify for temporary academic accommodations and adjustments. As early as possible in the semester, set up an appointment to meet with me, the instructor, to discuss the academic adjustments specified in your accommodations letter as they pertain to my class.


Religious Observations

The College is willing to accommodate individual religious beliefs and practices. It is your responsibility to meet with the class instructor in advance to request accommodation related to your religious observances that may conflict with this class, and to make appropriate plans to make up any missed work.


Course Outline


A.    Introduction to site selection, land development, landscape architecture, and Master Plans

B.     Introduction to architectural environmental design

·         Fundamentals (including a quick overview of thermodynamics)

·         Human “comfort”

·         Climate

·         Overview of key concepts

C.    Solar design for green architectures and landscape architectures

§  Solar fundamentals

§  Passive solar design

§  Active solar design

§  Typical Photovoltaic (PV) Design (mostly covered in EGR276)

§  Non-typical PV methods

§  Non-PV methods

D.    Architectural Passive cooling design

E.    Architectural Passive heating design

F.    Introduction to architectural engineering lighting design

·         Natural Daylighting

·         Introduction to illumination engineering

G.    Introduction to architectural engineering HVAC (Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning)

H.    Introduction to architectural engineering acoustical engineering


Throughout semester:

·         LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards

·         U.S. building codes and zoning ordinances

·         AIA (American Institute of Architects) standards

·         Domestic and International Case Studies

·         Decision Analysis (e.g., Pugh Diagrams)

·         Project Feasibility (e.g., Cost/Benefit, Net Present Value, Risk Analysis, Sensitivity Analysis)












Groups of one, two, or three students (expectations proportionate to group size)




Submit hard-copy including:

§  A 100 to 200 word Abstract

§  A detailed outline

§  5 to 10 citations in an annotated bibliography (peer-reviewed publications and juried design-works), with each annotation describing the most important reason(s) for using the citation

§  A page of narrative and data (demographics, etc) on your site selection, land development, and integration with surrounding land usage, culture, topography, and natural habitats

§  Copies of your PowerPoint slides (six slides per page)

Present your proposal (5 to 7 minutes MAX) to the class using:

§  PowerPoint

§  Some original creative work by each person (Perspective sketches, CAD drawings, Foam or wood models, etc)



§  On due date, submit at the beginning of class:

§  A printed stapled copy of your paper

§  Copies of your PowerPoint slides (six slides per page)

§  Paper and Presentation must include much content from lectures

§  Present your proposal (9 to 11 minutes MAX) to the class

§  Paper requirements

§  Single-spaced, 10-point font

§  A minimum of 2,500 words

§  An Abstract (100 to 200 words)

§  A section containing detailed narrative and data (demographics, etc) on your site selection, land development, and integration with surrounding land usage, culture, infrastructure, topography, and natural habitats

§  Many images of original creative work by each team member (put their name under each image)

·         Perspective sketches, CAD drawings (Revit, etc), Foam or wood models, etc

§  LEED self-assessment of your project (using an official LEED Rating Forms)

§  An annotated bibliography using MLA citation formatting and no more than one or two non-scholarly citations



Expectations for presentations

·         Minimize unnecessary details

·         A picture is worth a thousand words, and Architecture Presentations should be a visual as possible! 

·         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

·         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)