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Building Construction Technology: Open Educational Resources
OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. ~ William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
For a more comprehensive overview on OER, see:
Open Educational Resources - a guide designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, selection and adoption of Open Educational Resources.
Understanding OER in 11 Videos
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Open Educational Resources in Building Construction Technology
These are examples of several Building Construction Technology-related OER. Additional OER in this subject may be found by searching the resources listed on the ACC Libraries primary Open Educational Resources Guide.
The National Institute of Building Sciences is developing the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). While not yet complete, there is already a substantial knowledge base for building professionals to draw upon. The purpose of WBDG is to help designers "improve the performance and quality of their buildings by following the guidance and recommendations provided within the categories of this web site." There are sections for specific building types and design objectives. Eventually, WBDG will have a broader range of categories, as well as a separate section devoted to products and systems. The site has been updated several times this year, and many more resources are planned.
This course is a comprehensive study of the principles of Construction Technology. It applies the concepts of modern carpentry, engineering and technology, utilizing the framework of green and sustainability to residential and commercial construction. This is an introductory course intending to define and apply basic principals of building and how to incorporate high efficiency, high performance, sustainability, recycling and environmental stewardship into each stage. Specifically, this course will cover topics such as plans, specifications and codes, building layout, footings and framing, roofing and insulation, all focusing on the most efficient and sustainable processes identified through best practices in the industry.
OER Search Engines, Repositories, Referatories & More