81321 - Environmental Planning -

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the students will have the basic knowledge related to the concepts of sustainability and sustainable building, within the framework of the relationship between buildings, environment and resources. The students will be able to apply some design and evaluation methods aimed at the adoption of an approach to sustainable design. They will acquire some simple tools of sustainability assessment related to strategies for the control and management of building processes. In particular, they will be able to assess and communicate different technological options related to the main critical environmental factors. The students will have the ability to define strategies to improve performance levels and reduce the impacts induced by the cycle of production, use and disposal of buildings.

Course contents

The course will focus on the bioclimatic design criteria to be considered for design work that is mindful of energy consumption and the architectural quality of buildings. The relationship between architecture, climate and new technologies will be analysed through the identification of passive bioclimatic strategies for winter and summer air-conditioning and of tools for the natural control of light. The course will offer methodological elements for envelope design, calculation procedures and simulations for energy control. Several case studies will be analysed in detail.

Lectures will cover the following aspects:

  • Assessment of climatic parameters, rational use of resources, orientation, solar control, natural ventilation, etc. Bioclimatic design control strategies. An introduction to environmental certification of buildings and relevant regulations;
  • Envelope design. Notions of thermal insulation and mass;
  • Thermohygrometric comfort. Models and tools for bioclimatic well-being;
  • Identification of strategies for passive heating in winter. Sun-air impact control principles;
  • Identification of strategies for passive air conditioning in summer. Passive cooling principles;
  • An introduction to tools and methods for the control of natural light in the design phase;
  • State of the art and identification of software for the energy and thermal control of bioclimatic projects in static and dynamic systems;
  • Best Practices. Critical analysis of significant design experiences and works.


V. Olgyay – Progettare con il Clima, Franco Muzzio Editore, Padova, 1990.

M. Edward. Sistemi solari passivi: soluzioni per una migliore qualità ambientale degli edifici, Franco Muzzio Editore, Padova, 1990.

M. Grosso - Il raffrescamento passivo degli edifici in zone a clima temperato, Maggioli Editore, Rimini, 2008

Additional material provided by the lecturer.

Teaching methods

The course will involve lectures and coursework aimed at applying the notions acquired to simple real cases.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be made through a final examination, which consists of a written essay and an individual interview to ascertain the student's knowledge and understanding of texts from the course bibliography and to evaluate their coursework.

The final evaluation will depend on the student's knowledge of the course topics, on their critical understanding of the literature, as well as on their ability to discuss the issues addressed during coursework in a correct, concise and effective manner.

Teaching tools

Lectures will be held using multimedia tools; specific supplementary documents and additional references will be provided by the lecturer. Relevant lecture slides will be available on the lecturer's website.

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Office hours

See the website of Debora Venturi