37811 - TechnologiesforSustainable Design II

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

This course provides the skills related to the energy efficiency of buildings, the application of renewable energy technologies (solar, geothermal, ...) integrated in the building and knowledge of systems and their performances in terms of energy efficiency. The student will be able to develop sufficient autonomy in his/her design choices concerning the building energy efficiency. In the design process, congruence between design choices, technological systems and solutions aimed at defining high performance integrated solutions is to be clear.

Course contents

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

Special attention will be paid to the design of low-energy-environmental-friendly architectures, able to couple excellent formal quality and coherence with high functional performances and comfort levels, by producing the minimum impact on the natural resources all along the building life cycle. The relationships between architectural issues, building process structure and technology options will be studied, booth theoretically and by  practical application on case-studies of new construction or retrofitting of existing buildings.



A list of recommended reading will provided as the Lab goes along

Teaching methods

Throughout the course, theoretical lessons and guided exercises are alternated. a series of periodic checks of the learning and of the progress level of the design exercise are planned. The development of the project is based on the re-elaboration and systematization of the aspects faced progressively in the laboratory and foresees the application of the simulation tools that have been learned

Assessment methods

For this type of teaching (Final Synthesis Laboratory), the Didactic Regulations provide for a verification of the students' suitability to start the preparation of their degree thesis. The progress of learning is monitored during the course of the Program, through periodic reviews. The verification of the student's suitability is carried out in a single test, common to all the modules of the Laboratory, placed at the end of the Laboratory itself. The verification aims to ascertain the individual level of learning achieved, in relation to the contents of all the modules / courses that make up the Laboratory (C.I.). The verification consists in the illustration by the student and in the discussion with the Commission of the design documents produced and also includes the verification of theoretical and instrumental knowledge relating to the topics covered in the laboratory. The assessment of suitability is based on the weighted application of the following three criteria: knowledge of theoretical content and bibliography and acquisition of instrumental skills (30%), level of depth of the design hypothesis (30%), clarity and effectiveness in the presentation (40%).

Teaching tools

The students will have the free use of several software for modeling and assessment of both energy behavior and comfort performances of the building

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