3creditsThis course will introduce students to the Massachusetts State building code, its history and its application to the design and construction related fields. Students will examine the issues of energy efficiency and the environmental impact of our built environment. This course will also serve as a survey course to familiarize students with the origins, properties and uses of the most common materials used in construction. Students will become familiar with the major structural components of a building. Students will explore the differences between building codes and zoning regulations and their impact on the structures we build. Three lecture hours.