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K14BDC Building Design in Different Climates
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture and MSc Sustainable Building Technology students

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Registration on a graduate course in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module is available only to students from architectural backgrounds. Students will be introduced to the principles of site planning, building design and technology in different climates. It will also examine the concepts of bioclimatic design and thermal comfort standards at an international level. The module will also address climatic and socio-economic impacts on building form and fabric in a global context. Students are expected to use CAD software for 2D and 3D modelling of building elements and illustrating the operation of environmental control solutions. Students are also expected to simulate building environmental performance employing computer techniques, such as Ecotect, Fluent, EnergyPLUS and Tas.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Project 1 20 Group report, site and comfort analysis - 4000 Words 
Presentation 1 10 Group oral presentation 
Project 2 60 Individual report, design or modelling - 4000 Words 
Presentation 2 10 Individual oral presentation 

Dr M Gadi

Education Aims:  The module aims to enable students to understand the principles of building design and technology in different climates. Students will also develop a sound understanding of how climatic, social and economic factors may influence the form and structure of buildings and site planning in different regions.

Learning Outcomes:  The ability to design and model a building within a particular climate and produce the necessary drawings and building performance.

Offering School:  Department of Architecture and Built Environment

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