Construction Material and Processes I

Students examine and study the common construction materials, site variables and construction processes relating to house construction as influenced by environment and energy efficiency standards. The course provides a basic knowledge of the terminology, the physical and chemical properties of materials, their manufacturing and fabrication processes, typical installation methods, efficiency of utilization and organization in a construction, repurposing or renovation project. Also, the materials and products are evaluated in relation to their appropriateness as affected by their durability, performance, sustainability and energy conservation. Metals, wood, concrete, masonry and plastics, thermal insulations, insulating concrete forms, doors, windows are among the materials reviewed.