Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings

Photograph of sunlight reflecting off a high-rise building.

Sunlight reflecting off the Empire State Building. (Photograph courtesy of swisscan on Flickr.)


MIT Course Number

4.42J / 1.044J / 2.45J

As Taught In

Fall 2010



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This design-based subject provides a first course in energy and thermo-sciences with applications to sustainable energy-efficient architecture and building technology. No previous experience with subject matter is assumed. After taking this subject, students will understand introductory thermodynamics and heat transfer, know the leading order factors in building energy use, and have creatively employed their understanding of energy fundamentals and knowledge of building energy use in innovative building design projects. This year, the focus will be on design projects that will complement the new NSTAR/MIT campus efficiency program.

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Leon Glicksman. 4.42J Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings. Fall 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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