37810 - Technologies for Sustainable Design I

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  • Teacher Andrea Boeri

  • Learning modules Andrea Boeri (Modulo 1)
    Francesca Dallacasa (Modulo 2)

  • Credits 4

  • SSD ICAR/12

  • Language Italian

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge useful for guiding them along a path of analysis and study of the variables of the context and of the tools the architect manages and controls, the coherence between the architectural choices and sustainable technological solutions, during the early stages of the project. The skills acquired by the students will enable them to exercise an independent judgment and ability in assessing which control tools, technologies and operating procedures are to be applied, depending on the feasibility of the project.

Course contents

The Sustainable Architecture Design Studio [16 CFU – 192 hours] embeds the following teaching modules:

- Sustainable Design Technologies I [2+2 CFU – 24+24 hours]

- Sustainable Design Technologies II [4 CFU – 48 hours]

- Energy performance evaluation [4 CFU – 48 hours]

- Sustainable Design [2 CFU – 24 hours]

- Energy Savings Design [2 CFU – 24 hours]

The core contents of the studio are addressed to energy efficient and sustainable architecture, aiming to control the process as whole in relation with boundary conditions and complex contexts.

The Laboratory focuses on the design of environmentally sound low-energy architectures, combining first-rate formal quality and expressive coherence to high performances as regards to functional adequacy and comfort and with a minimum impact on ecosystem resources along all the life-cycle.

Design shall take into account the aspects of complexity and articulation affecting the design / construction process of a building.

In particular, the Laboratory will deal with the design of a building with a minimum environmental impact, which it must adopt construction solutions that allow an A Class certification, according to the regulation in force for energy saving, and it must comply with the Guidelines on energy efficiency and building energy certification procedures of Emilia Romagna.

The activity will be accomplished according to a schedule, organized by progress reports. Work progress reports (SAL, Stato di Avanzamento Lavori) are the base for periodical review and control of the development achieved in the various design phases of the Laboratory projects.


Title: Energy Design Strategies for Retrofitting. Methodology, Technologies and Applications Authors: A. Boeri, E. Antonini, J. Gaspari, D. Longo WIT Press, Southampton (UK), Boston (USA), 2015. ISBN 978-1-84564-998-2 - eISBN 978-1-84564-999-9

A. Boeri, E. Antonini, D. Longo, "Edilizia sociale ad alta densità. Strumenti di analisi e strategie di rigenerazione: il quartiere Pilastro di Bologna”, ISBN 978-88-615-9854-6, Bruno Mondadori Editore, Milano, 2013.

R. Di Giulio, A. Boeri, M.C. Forlani, A. Gaiani, V. Manfron, R. Pagani, “Paesaggi periferici. Strategie di Rigenerazione urbana”, ISBN 978-88-7462-552-9, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2013.

A. Boeri, E. Antonini, Progettare scuole sostenibili-Criteri, esempi e soluzioni per l'efficienza energetica e la qualità ambientale, EdicomEdizioni, Monfalcone (Gorizia) 2011.

A. Boeri, J. Gaspari, A multi-layer approach to urban re generation: energy efficiency and comfort condition optimization- Un approccio multi-layer alla rigenerazione urbana: efficienza energetica e ottimizzazione delle condizioni di comfort in Techne – Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment n°10/2015, ISSN print 2240-7391, ISSN online 2239-0243, FUP Firenze University Press, Firenze, 2015, pp. 214-221.

A. Boeri, E. Antonini, J. Gaspari, V. Gianfrate, D.Longo, The quality of school buildings: a national emergency, a research field - La qualità dell’edilizia scolastica: un emergenza nazionale, un ambito di ricerca, in Techne – Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment n°9/2015, ISSN print 2240-7391, ISSN online 2239-0243, FUP Firenze University Press, Firenze, 2015, pp. 114-122.

2014 A. Boeri, K. Fabbri, IAQ evaluation i kindergarten: the Italian case of Asilo Diana, in Advances in Building Energy Research, 2014, Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 1-18. ISSN 1751-2549 (Print), 1756-2201 (Online). DOI:10.1080/17512549.2014.890532. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17512549.2014.890532

2013 A. Boeri, D. Longo, Environmental Quality and Energy Efficiency: Sustainable School Buildings Design Strategies, in International Journal of Sustanable Development and Planning Vol.8 No 2, 2013 WIT Press, Southampton (UK), ISSN: 1743-7601, on line ISSN: 1743-761X, pagg. 140-157. DOI: 10.2495/SDP-V8-N2-140-157

22- 2012 A. Boeri, D. Longo, From the Redevelopment of High-density Suburban Areas to Sustainable Cities, in Architectoni.ca - Architecture Journal of CCAAS, Vol.2, 2012, Canadian Centre of Academic Art and Science, Toronto (Canada), ISSN: 1927-7148(print) ISSN: 1927-7156 (on line), pagg. 118-130.

23- 2011 A. Boeri, D. Longo, Energy efficiency in buildings in southern Europe: challenges and design strategies, in International Journal of Sustanable Development and Planning Vol.6 No 4, 2011 WIT Press, Southampton (UK), ISSN: 1743-7601, on line ISSN: 1743-761X, pagg. 522-536. DOI: 10.2495/SDP-V6-N4-522-536

J. Rifkin, La terza rivoluzione industriale, Edizioni Mondadori, 2011.

R. Heinberg, La festa è finita. La scomparsa del petrolio, le nuove guerre, il futuro dell'energia, Fazi, Milano, 2004

Leggett, Jeremy, Fine corsa, Einaudi, Torino, 2006

Tiezzi Enzo, Marchettini Nadia, Che cos'è lo sviluppo sostenibile?, Donzelli Ed., Roma, 1999

A. Boeri, Criteri di progettazione ambientale, Editriale Delfino, Milano 2007

K. Fabbri, Guida alla riqualificazione energetica, Edizioni Dei, Roma 2007

D. Longo, Decostruzione e riuso. Procedure e tecniche di valorizzazione dei residui edilizi in Italia, Alinea, Firenze, 2007

J. Gaspari, Trasformare l'involucro: la strategia dell'addizione nel progetto di recupero, EdicomEdizioni 2012

A. Boeri, D. Longo, S. Piraccini, Il progetto dell'involucro in legno – Qualità costruttiva ed efficienza energetica, Dario Flaccovio Editore, Palermo, 2012.

C. Benedetti, Progetto ambiente, Edizioni Kappa, Roma 2003

L.Tronchin, Elementi di fisica tecnica e controllo ambientale, Editrice Esculapio, Bologna, 2006

Gauzin-Muller; Architettura sostenibile. 29 esempi europei di edifici e insediamenti ad alta qualità ambientale, Edizioni Ambiente, 2003

O. Mendler, The HOK guidebook to Sustainable design, John Wiley & Sons Canada 2000

Teaching methods

The activity will develop according to a schedule organized by progress reports (SAL). Each SAL will be mainly dedicated to the resolution of a specific design aspect.

The SAL consists in the writing of a sinthesis document to be delivered at set dates and then told to the other students and lecturers of the Laboratory, to submit it to a critical review (design review).

Assessment methods

The exam embeds the assessment of the contents of all the modules and teaching activities included in the design studio and consists in a unique evaluation.

Seminars and reviews are envisaged in order to assess the progress of the projects. Theretical background and references are assessed during the courses according to technological choices. The projects are the results of a progressive development and the final examination is based on a presentation of the finidings and theoretical references as well as on the discussion of drawings and document produced.

Teaching tools

The regular presence of the students at the Laboratory is required, to allow an efficient management of the work progression in each phase of the building design . The Department library is a useful support for specific documentation and for in-depth studies . Department of Architecture and School of Engineering and Architecture equipments will be used (overhead projectors, videoprojectors, electronic media, data carriers ).

Office hours

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See the website of Francesca Dallacasa