ART025 - Low Carbon Footprint

SchoolWelsh School of Architecture
Department CodeARCHI0
Module CodeART025
External Subject CodeK100
Number of Credits10
LevelL7
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Mr Simon Lannon
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2014/5

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;

On completion of the module a student should be able to

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 :

How the module will be assessed

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

Type of assessment

%Contribution

Title

Duration
(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Written assignment

40

The evaluation of  the carbon footprint of a building element

 

February 2015

Written assignment

60

The assessment of the retrofit of existing building to low carbon standard

 

March 2015

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

•           Embodied energy and embodied carbon

•           BREEAM Ecohomes and Code for Sustainable Homes

•           Monitoring in the building environment

Essential Reading and Resource List

Jones, Philip J., Simon Charles L., and Joanne Louise P. Retrofitting existing housing: how far, how much? Building Research and Information 41 (5) (2013): 532-550. An electronic copy is accessible through the Cardiff University e-library services (instructions for downloading it will be available on the VLE).

Patterson, Joanne L. 2012. Arbed 1 Scheme: Evaluation of the Warm Wales Programme. Cardiff: Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. An electronic copy is accessible through the Cardiff University online research depository (instructions for downloading it will be available on the VLE).

Spon’s Price Guides. Available as e-books and accessible through the Cardiff University e-library services (instructions for downloading them will be available on the VLE).

Other set and recommended reading for the module will be delivered through Learning Central.

Background Reading and Resource List

Iorwerth , Heledd M., Simon Lannon, Diana Waldron, Thomas Bassett, and Phillip John J. 2013. A sap sensitivity tool and GIS-based urban scale domestic energy use model. Building Simulation 2013 (BS2013): 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association. Chambéry, France: Proceedings of BS2013: 3th Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association. International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). 3441-3448. An electronic copy is accessible through the Cardiff University online research depository (instructions for downloading it will be available on the VLE).

Iorwerth, Heledd, Diana Waldron, Simon Charles Lannon, and Thomas Bassett. 2013. Energy and environmental report. Castle and Renewal Area, Barry. Project Report, Cardiff: Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. An electronic copy is accessible through the Cardiff University online research depository (instructions for downloading it will be available on the VLE).

A repository of low-energy building information

TSB. 2009. Low Energy Building Database (LEB). http://www.lowenergybuildings.org.uk/.

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