D-Lab: Schools – Building Technology Laboratory (not currently offered)

D-Lab: Schools students, South Africa, 2015.
D-Lab: Schools students, South Africa, 2015.

The design, analysis, and application of technologies that support the construction of less expensive and better performing schools in developing countries.

Prepares students to design or retrofit school buildings in partnership with local communities and nongovernmental organizations. Strategies covered include daylighting, passive heating and cooling, improved indoor air quality via natural ventilation, appropriate material selection, and structural design.

Investigations are based on the application of engineering fundamentals, experiments, and simulations. Case studies illustrate the role of technologies in reducing barriers to improved education.


Partial funding is available for some student travel and out-of-country fieldwork related to this class.


Physics I (GIR), Calculus I (GIR).

Video: 2015 Class Project in South Africa!

Course Information

Semester Offered
Fall (Offered since 2010)
Lecture Location
N51-350 (M), 1-132 (W)
Lecture Times
M2-5, W9:30-11
Units (credit hours)
Class Size
16 Students
Course #
4.411 / EC.713J