Materials and Methods of Construction (3)
This course is an introduction to the materials and methods commonly used in building construction. Topics will include wood framing, masonry, concrete and steel construction. Students are given the floor plan, front elevation and exterior perspective of a small building designed for Ocala and are required to conduct their own research to specify different types of materials and methods of construction for the building. The instructor will guide them in their selection, using a series of lectures and audio-video presentations. Since buildings in the U.S. are the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that affect climate change, emphasis in this course is placed on sustainable design and green construction. A grade of C or better is required for successful completion of this course.