This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of structural design principles for individual wood components including beams, columns, trusses, wood/steel connections, and floor panels.
The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) Student Chapters Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) is one of the highlights of the annual International Builders' Show. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction company by completing a management project/proposal. Proposals are submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. During the convention, students defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience
Fundamentals and interpretation of construction drawings, written specifications, quantity take-offs, and cost estimates in light-frame construction. Prerequisite: BCT 313.
Required for all new majors. This seminar is designed to help freshmen and new transfer students to make a successful start within the Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program. Various resources and opportunities around the major and the university will be reviewed. This seminar also gives students an opportunity to ask lots of questions and will help them integrate into the campus life.
Analysis and review of the entire light-frame construction process, from regulation and design through site preparation, project management, and ultimate delivery of a completed structure.
Energy conservation in contemporary residential construction. Emphasis on: energy efficient building materials, products and construction technology; alternative energy sources; passive solar design; environmental concerns, regulatory issues and building codes.
We will explore the issues of sustainability from the perspective of the built environment, our history of construction and expansion, and buildings and how they interact with the natural environment. Students will be exposed to issues of human impacts on natural systems through the built environment and the variety of disciplines that are working to create a more sustainable future. (Gen.Ed. I)
Introduces concepts of project management for design and construction, including initiation, planning, implementation, monitoring, control, closeout, documentation, scope, budget and scheduling, teamwork and communication, contracts and negotiation, and risk management.



This course introduces conceptual and technical aspects of whole building energy simulation. Students will learn to use the energy modeling software eQUEST, underlying principles of energy modeling, and the ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G modeling methodology. The technical aspects of this course will include using the "Wizard" and "Detailed" sides of eQUEST, to create building geometry, assemblies, internal loads, schedules, and HVAC systems. In addition, students will use parametric analysis to assess energy conservation measure (ECMs) to see how design alternatives can reduce energy use. The conceptual aspects of the course will explain the significance of these elements and how they interact with a model, independent of what software is used. In addition, the course will cover the ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G modeling methodology, which is used for the LEED "Optimize Energy Performance" Credit, energy code compliance and utility incentive programs.