The Net-Zero First Design Studio & Competition

Course Outline & Schedule

Class begins the week of May 24

  • Week 1: Project Context: Site inventory, design criteria, research, case study
  • Week 2: Pre=Planning: Site analysis, relationship diagram, guiding principles, project goals
  • Week 3: Preliminary Design 1: Building location, orientation, block plan, parti
  • Week 4: Preliminary Design 2: Energy and daylight modeling, design synthesis
  • Week 5: Passive Design 1: Passive heating, cooling/ventilation, daylighting and water collection
  • Week 6: Passive Design 2: Energy and daylight modeling, design synthesis
  • Week 7: Building Envelope Design: Structure, walls, windows, roofs, energy modeling and carbon analysis
  • Week 8: Active Systems Design: Plug load and lighting density, water efficiency, and PV array sizing
  • Week 9: Site Design: Site integration and site metrics
  • Week 10: Design Resolutions 1: Design synthesis
  • Week 11: Design Resolutions 2: Design synthesis
  • Week 12: Final Presentations and Metrics: Complete the project

Syllabus