ART025 - Low Carbon Footprint

SchoolWelsh School of Architecture
Department CodeARCHI0
Module CodeART025
External Subject CodeK100
Number of Credits10
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Mr Simon Lannon
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

Low carbon design requires an holistic approach to the energy use of a building. The designer needs to understand in principle how buildings use energy and to supplement this understanding with evidence on energy use from the field. He or she needs to be able to work with goals for building design, such as zero carbon standards, and with ways of off-setting energy consumption with renewable technologies. The aims of the module are therefore;

·         to introduce the ways buildings use energy;

·         to introduce methods of matching these demands through renewables and low energy systems;

·         to introduce techniques for assessing the energy footprint and sustainable performance of the building using benchmarking and monitoring

On completion of the module a student should be able to

·         explain how buildings use energy, the demands and loads with buildings and the impact of occupancy on energy use;

·         explain use of renewable technologies and low energy cooling technologies within buildings;

·         show a basic knowledge of the concept of embodied energy;

·         show an understanding of assessment tools for sustainable design;

·         explain the benefits monitoring and calculate benchmarks for buildings;

·         show an understanding of zero-carbon buildings.

·         evaluate how well a building attains low carbon design;

·         assess the impact of the various building services options on a building design problem.

How the module will be delivered

Lectures. The principal subject matter will be explained in lectures, assisted by visual aids, interaction with the students and, where applicable, demonstrations.

On-line support material. The module content will be accessible to students in electronic form as web-based information, technical notes and interactive demonstrations.

Set texts.  Certain texts will be used as a main reference source to ensure that students are familiar with the material covered in them.

Case studies. Included in the lecture presentations will be discussion of real-life examples to show how the theory studied in the module has been implemented in practice.

Assignments. Short tasks will be set to give students opportunities to reinforce the skills and knowledge in the subject area and create a forum for the exchange of views between students.  They will also provide an opportunity for students to improve their writing and presentation skills.

Seminars. Students are given the opportunity to discuss specific topics with tutors and peers in group seminars. These will involve significant student participation and give students the opportunity to put forward and discuss their own views.

Workshops. There will be practical exercises to give students practice in implementing some subject-specific skills, as well as to provide an opportunity for them to exercise their more generic problem-solving and presentation skills. Workshops will be conducted with students at computer terminals being guided through the operation of software used in the module.

Computer modelling.  Students will have the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ experience of software programs modelling methods introduced in the course.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Practical skills developed in the module include the ability to :

·         evaluate how well a building attains low carbon design;

.        assess the impact of the various building services options on building performance.

How the module will be assessed

Two written assignments with equal rating will form the assessment for this module

The potential for reassessment in this module

Reassessment will typically be by revised submissions made during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 40
Coursework (assessment 1)
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 60
Coursework (assessment 2)
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

•           How buildings use energy

•           Demands/loads

•           Internal gains, occupancy

•           Types of renewable technologies, integration

•           Low energy cooling technologies for UK

•           Embodied energy and embodied carbon

•           BREEAM Ecohomes and Code for Sustainable Homes

•           Monitoring in the building environment

Essential Reading and Resource List

CIBSE Guide F - Energy Efficiency in Buildings (2004)

Reyner Banham.  Architecture of the Well Tempered Environment.  Architectural Press, London, 1969.  ISBN 0 85139 074 9.

A J Masters of Building - Vol 1 : Timeless Architecture

Architects Journal Guide to Space for Services. 1986

R Haywood. Rules of Thumb Examples for the Design of Air Conditioning. BSRIA Tech. Note 5/88

Richard Saxon. Atrium Buildings. Architectural Press, London, 1986.

Dean Hawkes. The Environmental Tradition

CIBSE Guides A –C

Current BRE, BRECSU and ETSU publications.

Beddington Zero (Fossil) Energy Development : construction materials report : toolkit for carbon neutral developments. Part 1 / by Nicole Lazarus.

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