Terri Meyer Boake, BES, BArch, MArch, LEED AP
Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo
email: tboake@uwaterloo.ca


Arch 684-004:
Comprehensive Building Design


Fall 2015
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course outline

last updated November 24, 2015 6:22 PM

Course Description:

“Students will investigate and report on technical issues as the relate to the development of the comprehensive building project in the parallel Design Studio. Innovation and integration in architectural design will be stressed, with respect to structure, building envelope, environmental systems, health and life safety, movement systems, site planning and the integration of information technology.”

Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:00pm to 2:00pm, ARC 3012 or TBA
Email tboake@uwaterloo.ca anytime

Log-in to LEARN: here


The grade assessed will be based on Written Report (20%), Comprehensive LEED Evaluation (10%) and the drawings (70%). In the report I will be looking for completeness and clarity of writing – adherence to the outline provided.

Link to the base document for the written portion of the submission.

Link to the LEED excel spreadsheet - you will be using the LEED V4 system.

Link to the LEED V4 Reference Guide

For the drawing breakdown:
Structure 10%
Skins/Envelope Design 10%
Energy Efficient Design Strategies 10%
Environmental Systems and Services: HVAC, Acoustics, Lighting 10%
Life Safety 10%
Barrier Free Design 5%
Environmental Site strategies 5%
Presentation quality 10%

It is assumed that you will be using the same basic set of drawings to submit to Arch 691 Design Studio. The information required for the Technical Report component should be layered on the studio submission materials. It will be critically important that your basic design strategies for the studio project support the technical strategies.

Due Date: 11:59pm December 18 to LEARN.

Late Penalties:
Projects or assignments submitted after the due date or due time will be penalized 5% per calendar day of lateness, with no maximum.



Recommended References:

In addition to the texts used for your Structures and Building Science classes last term and this term:

CMHC Best Practice Design Guides.

Wood Frame   link
BC (Humid Climate!) Wood Frame   link
Precast   link
Curtain Wall   link
EIFS   link
Brick - Steel Stud Backup   link
Brick - Concrete Block Backup   link
Healthy High Rise   link
Fire and Sound Design   link
Flashing   link
Bakor - Air Barriers   link

The National or Ontario Building Code.

Allen, Edward. Architect’s Studio Companion.

Allen, Edward. Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods.

Allen, Edward. How Buildings Work. Oxford University Press, New York, 1995. ISBN 0-19-509100-0. A comprehensive general book with an appropriate title. Includes all aspects.

Salvadori, Mario. Why Buildings Stand Up. WW Norton & Co, 1994, ISBN 0393306763. A must for the architect who wishes an overview of systems, shapes and materials used for building structures.

Gordon, J.E. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down. Penguin Books, 1978. An interesting, informative, and still remarkably technical read. This book is more materials based and slightly more technical than Salvadori’s.

Brand, Stewart. How Buildings Learn. A very influential book that thoroughly describes the life cycle of buildings in a case study approach. Excellent review of how building professions are not doing their jobs.

Stein, Benjamin and John Reynolds. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings. John Wiley & Sons.

Lechner, Norbert. Heating, Cooling, Lighting. John Wiley & Sons, Toronto.

Brown, G.Z. Sun Wind and Light. Very good book on environmental design. Lots of info on daylighting.

Resources from Arch 125, 226, 172, 173:
Please visit this page for a complete list of presentations


Avoidance of Academic Offenses

Academic Integrity: To create and promote a culture of academic integrity, the behaviour of all members of the University of Waterloo is based on honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

 A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70 - Student Petitions and Grievances, Section 4, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy70.htm

A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity, to avoid committing academic offenses, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offense, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offenses (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about “rules” for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course professor, academic advisor, or the Undergraduate Associate Dean. When misconduct has been found to have occurred, disciplinary penalties will be imposed under Policy 71 – Student Discipline. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71 - Student Discipline, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy71.htm

A student may appeal the finding and/or penalty in a decision made under Policy 70 - Student Petitions and Grievances (other than regarding a petition) or Policy 71 - Student Discipline if a ground for an appeal can be established. Read Policy 72 - Student Appeals, http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infosec/Policies/policy72.htm

Note for students with disabilities:The Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD), located in Needles Hall, Room 1132, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with the OPD at the beginning of each academic term. Once registered with OPD, please meet with the professor, in confidence, during my office hours to discuss your needs.


last updated November 24, 2015 6:22 PM