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Undergraduate Course: Technology and Environment 2A: Building Environment (ARCH08028)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryT&E2A: Building Environment examines building design in relation to exterior and interior environmental performance. Building on the Stage 1 courses 'Technology and Environment: Principles' and 'Architectural Design: Assembly', the course develops skills and abilities to assess, analyse and design buildings in relation to exterior environmental conditions. These include microclimate modification, energy and water conservation and integration with landscape as well as interior conditions such as natural and artificial lighting control, acoustic performance, and ventilation strategies.

The course places emphasis on designing for passive environmental performance, but introduces mechanical systems as a supplement. The course also examines the application of sustainable building practices, including qualitative and quantitative assessments of environmental performance. Case study project site visits and design-based coursework place emphasis on design integration and applying theory to practice.
Course description Week 1: Extreme Climate Zones Building Performance
Week 2: Microclimate Analysis and Modification
Week 3: Energy and Water Conservation
Week 4: Landscape Principles
Week 5: Sustainable Metrics + Materials Sourcing
Week 6: Synthesis/Integration
Week 7: Daylight and Sunlight
Week 8: Artificial Light
Week 9: Acoustics
Week 10: Ventilation
Week 11: Thermal Control and Comfort
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Architectural Design: Elements (ARCH08001) AND Architectural Design: Assembly (ARCH08004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs There are three field trips during the course, but building admission is free in both cases.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  200
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 57, External Visit Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 03, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 97 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Feedback for each assignment will be given within two weeks of hand in.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply key interior and exterior environmental principles in the development, testing and analysis of architectural designs using appropriate visual techniques.
  2. Recognise key interior and exterior environmental principles in a design project or case study, and communicate these concerns using appropriate visual techniques.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of key environmental principles in architectural design and critically reflect on this learning throughout the course and in the assessment tasks which are given.
Reading List
Brown, G. and DeKay, M. 2000. Sun Wind and Light, Architectural Strategies, London: Wiley.

Brown, R. and Gillespie, T. 1995. Microclimatic Landscape Design: Creating Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Szokolay, S. 2007, Introduction to Architectural Science, London: Elsevier
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to qualitatively and quantitatively assess environmental building performance.

Ability to apply environmental principles to design of buildings and to clearly communicate intent.

Ability to assess environmental performance of existing buildings.
Additional Class Delivery Information Ten lectures + a mix of studio based tutorials and visits to case study buildings. One session will be a formative assessment, undertaken as a multiple choice quiz.
Keywordstechnology&environment,microclimate,energy and water conservation,passive heating and cooling,li
Course organiserMrs Elaine Pieczonka
Course secretaryMrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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