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K14SDR Solar Architecture for Different Regions
(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:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

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

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module is only available for students from architectural backgrounds. It will address the principles and applications of passive solar design in different latitudes. Students use manual as well as available computer simulation tools to carry out design and modelling projects. The use of a number of solar systems will be addressed such as conservatories, Trombe wall, solar chimney and mass wall. The module will also help students to gain better and more practical understanding of the strong link between solar radiation and geographical latitude of a site, using in class exercises.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 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
Coursework 1 100 Maximum of 25 A4 pages which include relevant background knowledge, discussion and conclusions text and figures such as data plots, calculation results and building details and design images (exc appendices) 

Dr M Gadi

Education Aims:  
This module aims to make students aware of the benefits and potential of passive solar design and the energy savings that may be achieved by integrating solar energy systems into a building. The objective is to provide a good understanding of the principles of solar energy conservation techniques and simulation.

Learning Outcomes:  
The ability to integrate passive solar systems into a building and simulate their performance.

Offering School:  Department of Architecture and Built Environment

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