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K14VAP Ventilation in Architecture and Planning
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 30

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Studednts registered on MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Registration on the MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture


K14RRP Renewable Research Project 

Summary of Content:  This is a modelling, simulation and design module. It will examine ventilation in the context of architecture, human thermal comfort and ventilation heat loss or gain with emphasis on 2d and 3D computer simulation techniques (using FLUENT software). It will address the processes of natural ventilation focusing on envelope flows and internal air movement, considering different wind speeds and directions. It will also address the effects of building components such as partitions, windows and doors on ventilation design

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 1 100 Written report max 8000, 45 A4 pages 

Dr M Gadi

Education Aims:  The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the characteristics of ventilation and how these impact on the design of buildings and urban spaces. The module will provide knowledge and experience of the basic procedures for the design of natural ventilation and mixed-mode systems and an understanding of the value and application of advanced computer modelling. Considerable time is required for the simulation which leads to report writing required for the prediction and discussion of the ventilation characteristics of large scale buildings and urban spaces.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge of the key features of ventilation (envelope flows and internal and external air movement) as they relate to building design and town planning; the ability to determine appropriate ventilation strategies and to carry out basic design and the ability to apply computer modelling and simulation techniques in an appropriate manner. Considerable time and effort is required to assimilate the results obtained from computer simulations and students are encouraged to derive comprehensive conclusions and design guidelines.

Offering School:  Department of Architecture and Built Environment

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