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The Integration of Building Codes into the Architecture Design Process

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Architectural Design Topics in Architectural Engineering

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24.1231.1 - 24.1231.16



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Ahmed Cherif Megri North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Ahmed Cherif Megri, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering (AE). He teaches capstone, lighting, electrical, HVAC and energy design courses. He is the ABET Coordinator for the AE Program. His research areas include airflow modeling, zonal modeling, energy modeling, and artificial intelligence modeling using the support vector machine learning approach. Dr. Megri holds a PhD degree from INSA at Lyon (France) in the area of Thermal Engineering and ”Habilitation” (HDR) degree from Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris VI, Sorbonne Universities (2011) in the area of Engineering Sciences. Prior to his actual position, he was an Associate Professor at University of Wyoming (UW) and prior to that he was an Assistant Professor and the Director of the AE Program at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He participated significantly to the development of the current architectural engineering undergraduate and master’s programs at IIT. During his stay at IIT, he taught thermal and fluids engineering (thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics), building sciences, physical performance of buildings, building enclosure, as well as design courses, such as HVAC, energy, plumbing, fire protection and lighting. Also, he supervises many courses in the frame of interprofessional projects (IPRO) program.

Areas of Interests:
- Zonal modeling approach,
- Integration zonal models/building energy simulation models,
- Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building,
- Airflow in Multizone Buildings & Smoke Control,
- Thermal Comfort & Indoor Air Quality,
- Predictive modeling and forecasting: Support Vector Machine (SVM) tools,
- Energy, HVAC, Plumbing & Fire Protection Systems Design,
- Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Application in Building,
- BIM & REVIT: application to Architecture and Electrical/Lighting Design systems.

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The Integration of Building Codes into the Architecture Design ProcessArchitecture design process consists of conceptual design phase, schematic design, designdevelopment and finally construction documents. This process starts with reviewing andevaluating the owner’s building program and budget requirements and finish with providinggraphic and written information necessary for bidding, construction and future buildingmanagement. This architecture process is not complete unless it includes the appropriate andnumerous building code requirements that touch all design phases and building components,such as building area and height limitation, type of construction, the size and type of openings,number of exits, travel distance and paths of exit, fixture counts, fire-resistive construction,interior finishes, and so on.In this paper, we explore new methods, to deliver a better design, through demonstrating how thebuilding code requirements can be integrated and associated to the architecture design process,using real case studies. Two case studies from the work developed by students over two courseswill be introduced and discussed in details. A flow chart representing a comprehensive designprocess that includes the architecture, as well as the building code integration aspects will bepresented and discussed.The argument of the paper will be based on the International Building Code (IBC 2012) which isissued by the International Code Council (ICC) and considered as the most comprehensive andcoordinated national model code in the US and is currently commonly used and enforced in 44states. The paper will also examine and report on the purpose, types, interpretation,understanding and use of building codes applied in the United States.We discuss the courses from students’ point of view, and the experience earned in design, codedevelopment, and also in written and oral communication skills. Future plans to evaluate theeffectiveness of these courses in term of learning outcomes.

Megri, A. C. (2014, June), The Integration of Building Codes into the Architecture Design Process Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23164

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