82662 - Energy Efficient Building Design and Performance Assessment

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  • Teacher Kristian Fabbri

  • Credits 4

  • SSD ICAR/12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Cesena

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Architecture (cod. 0881)


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

Affordable and clean energy

Academic Year 2022/2023

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 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 course is divide in 5 work-in-progress steps: general requirements; Environmental; Comfort level and building internal distribution of activity; Preliminary Design: technical solutions, energy performance of buildings evaluating and plant scheme; Definitive Design: verify energy performance of buildings evaluating and plant scheme
EEBDPA Course contents:
Buildings, energy and environment related to energy behaviour
International European, National and Emilia-Romagna Region standards, law and ruels about building energy minimum requirements
Energy Behaviour and Energy Design: Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB): calculation procedure, transmittance, Primary energy, plant scheme and typologies.
Virtual Modelling: building energy performance simulation, thermal comfort simulation, computer fluid dynamics, thermos-tecnical software assessment, energy labelling


Dean Hawkes, Architecture and Climate. An Environmental History of British Architecture 1600–2000, Routledge, 2012, ISBN 9780415561877
Kristian Fabbri, La forma e la formula. La sostenibile leggerezza ovvero cosa intendi per sostenibilità, Libria Editore, 2023, ISBN 9788867642984
Barnabas Calder, Architettura ed energia. Dalla preistoria all'emergenza climatica, Einaudi, 2022

edited by Jan L.M. Hensen and Roberto Lamberts, Building performance simulation for design and operation, London: Spon, 2011, ISBN 9780415474146

Clarke J.A,, Energy simulation in building design - 2. Ed, Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann, 2001, ISBN0750650826
K.Fabbri “ Progettazione Energetica dell'Architettura”, DEI-Tipografia del genio civile, Roma 2008
K.Fabbri “ Prestazione energetica degli edifici”, DEI-Tipografia del genio civile, Roma 2010
F.M.Butera “Dalla caverna alla casa ecologica. Storia del comfort e dell'energia” , Edilizio Ambiente, Milano, 2004

Teaching methods

Lesson ex-cathedra and meeting on design process and building simulation.
Assessment methods
Final project-design oral presentation and discussion

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

Lesson, Journals and website paper.

Buildign Energy SImulation Software (Termolog, Dialux, Autocad CFD, Envimet, Ecotect,and other)

Office hours

See the website of Kristian Fabbri