Duration: 8 weeks, 2 units/week
According to the 2019 report of the Global Alliance for Building and Construction (UN Environment Programme) building construction and operations accounted for the largest share of both global final energy use (36%) and energy-related CO2 emissions (39%) in 2018. Any agenda that aims at reducing significantly CO2 emissions should put innovation in this sector at the core of its efforts. While policies and technology can provide new frameworks for the development of performance based architectural constructs, architects and engineers are called upon the unprecedented challenge of a cultural shift. Most contemporary architectural achievements are expressions of a design culture that considers power generated from fossil fuels as a cheap, unlimited source of energy, while all indicates that this is no longer a viable option.
Recovering a deep understanding of climate that used to be shared knowledge for builders and designers before the industrial revolution and reintroducing solutions that were perfected along the centuries to mitigate its impact on the built environment while taking advantage from its features is no longer a matter of choice. To cope with this challenge, architectural and engineering firms will have to integrate in their team experts trained in environmental design and Carbon neutral planning and designing for climate change, an area of expertise that sits at the forefront of both architecture and engineering.
The module goal is to provide an understanding of the principles, strategies and analytic techniques of environmental design as well as computational modelling and the simulation of environmental processes in and around buildings. A key objective is to embed evidence-based environmental design thinking within the design process.
Students have the opportunity to apply this approach to the critical evaluation of case study projects and of their own proposals. The learning process is based on environmental performance targets. A series of thematic workshops and seminars are organized to address specific objectives, including the selection of material and components according to environmental criteria, the exploitation of renewable energy sources and techniques for water and waste management.
- Intro to SED Theory and Tools
- Climate, Context
- Solar Control
- Ventilation, Air Movement
- Thermal Studies
- Urban Comfort