This course is the first in a sequence of two that address building construction systems. The course introduces principles of construction materials and assemblies based on their properties, performance, and environmental impact. Course content will engage criteria for defining appropriate building structure and enclosure systems in response to qualities of durability, aesthetics, thermal performance, and energy resources. The course will also introduce building systems and life safety systems guided by standards of practice and building code regulations. Students develop construction drawings, models, and outline specifications to demonstrate ability and understanding of the course content and objectives.