ES 411 Northern Building Design Course

This course is intended to inform students that are on a professional design or engineering track of important design and engineering considerations relevant to site and building design in northern climates. Additionally, students in a building construction degree program may find the course relevant to course work applicable to design and engineering in northern climates.

Course Objective:  This course provides a technical guide for the design of facilities in northern climates. Its primary goal is to achieve sustainable, energy-efficient, and less failure-prone buildings and infrastructure, designed and built with the unique needs of northern inhabitants in mind.  The beneficiaries are the community planners, developers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, contractors, managers, maintenance personnel, and owners of facilities located in Alaska and throughout all northern regions.  The result will be a better-built environment in which people live and work.

Licensing Approval:  The "Northern Building Design" course has been approved by the State of Alaska Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors.  Successful completion of this course will meet the requirement for professional registration as set forth in 12 AAC 36.110.  A "C" or better grade is required to satisfy requirements for licensing.


Course Topics:

Climate and Geographic Design Factors of the North

Planning for Northern Communities

Site Development and Planning: Landscape Architecture in the North

Arctic Utilities

Interior Architecture of the North

Building Technology A: Geotechnical, Foundations, Seismic, Superstructure

Building Technology B: Exterior Enclosure - Envelope and Openings

Building Technology C: Roofing

Building Technology D: Mechanical Issues

Building Technology E: Electrical Issues

Building Technology F: Building Codes

Building Technology G: Constructability


Course Syllabus:  View the Fall 2013 syllabus and schedule here.


Registration Requirements:  Senior standing or graduate standing in an accredited program in architecture or engineering, or instructor permission.


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