library croppedAs a first small step toward achieving excellence in building science education, select curricula, key courses, teaching methodologies, and content are shared to aid in the development and improvement of  university building science programs. Initially, the focus of the shared curricula would include schools of: engineering (e.g., civil, mechanical, architectural), architecture (skilled in building performance), construction management, and others (e.g., material science, EU building physics). Key courses would, for example, address high performance enclosures, including hygrothermal analysis, systems engineering, quality management, indoor air quality, advanced detailing, and other subjects.

Resources provided to support the development and enhancement of building science curricula include:

University Curricula

Below you will find examples of building science or building physics curricula for universities and 2-year colleges. Curricula include specific building science and building performance courses, and standard courses incorporating advances in building science and quality management.  A “criteria for excellence in building science curricula” is being developed which will guide the selection of curricula included below.

Building Energy Software Tools

The Building Energy Software Tools Directory profiles over 400 building software tools for evaluating energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability in buildings. Tools are also organized by subject, platform, and country. Included in the directory is a link to DOE Sponsored Tools, such as THERM and EnergyPlus.  THERM is 2-D heat transfer program which has been used in estimating the temperature profile and condensation potential of envelope assemblies.


The following print publications provide information related to building science:

Building Science Textbooks and Related Printed Publications
Building Science/Technology, Construction and Design Handbooks and Guides

Online Resources

US Department of Energy Building Science Education activities