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The Carbon Neutral Design Project:
Carbon Neutral Teaching: Curriculum Materials Development
Chris Theis
School of Architecture, Louisiana State University

Comprehensive Architectural Design Studio
Senior Studio

Design Development - Building Envelope

The image above illustrates some of the
performance simulation graphs for the project.

Design Performance Objective

Comprehensive Building Design Project:
William M Colmer Visitors Center and Park Headquarters

Design Development - Building Envelope

Student: Amy Fruge

Fall 2007 Arch. 5001 (UG) Comprehensive Architectural Design Studio

Part 7 - Design Development - Building Envelope

These images illustrate the design development phase of the project and specifically the refi nement of the building envelope to assure that it will meet the performance expectations of the initial computer simulations.


Investigative Strategy

Use COMcheck and BuildingGreen Suite in the design and detailing of the building envelope.


Evaluation Process

Accurate utilization of COMcheck, especially the proper input of information and the validation of this information through detailed drawings.


Evaluative Criteria



Cautions - Possible Confusions
COMcheck is relatively easy to use but, as with any software, the proper values must be entered. Students sometimes enter values (such as R-values for walls and U-values for glazing assemblies) without understanding the implications (wall thickness, cost, etc.).
Range of Applicability in terms of CLIMATE
This type of project responded to the HOT HUMID climate zone in this instance, but it can easily be modified to suit any climate type.
Range of Applicability in terms of TYPE
This type of approach is suitable for any scale or type of building.
Reference Material
BuildingGreen Suite
Stein, Reynolds, Grondzik, Kwok. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings.
Duration of Exercise
Depends on the complexity of the project, but usually can be accomplished in a few hours.
Degree of Difficulty / Previous Knowledge Required
Relatively easy.



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