Environmental Technologies in Buildings

A view of the outside of a house, with movable panels partly shading the house's deck.

This house in southern California uses movable shade panels to reduce solar gain in a hot climate. Image by Jeremy Levine on Flickr. License CC BY.


MIT Course Number

4.401 / 4.464

As Taught In

Fall 2018


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course focuses on the thermal, luminous, and acoustic behavior of buildings, examining the basic scientific principles underlying these phenomena and introducing students to technologies and analysis techniques for designing comfortable indoor environments. Students are challenged to apply these techniques and explore the role light, energy, and sound can play in shaping architecture.

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Christoph Reinhart. 4.401 Environmental Technologies in Buildings. Fall 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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