Module Title:Environmental Building Design
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: • Integrated projects in line with studio projects to develop student’s ability to recognize and illustrate application of various energy efficient services at site and building level. • Group/team work utilized to carryout case studies as appropriate. • Internal tests to assess student’s ability in understanding fundamental concepts and calculations through the module. • Lecture format utilized to provide theoretical instructions.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to: • To develop in students an understanding of designing healthy, comfortable and secure environments in and around buildings that place a minimal strain on global resources • To develop in students an understanding of both the principles and application of the subject, to save energy and build high performance, energy efficient built environments.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in environmental physics that influence human comfort in buildings;
LO2 Knowledge in the principles and theories of Passive design , to achieve high performance,comfortable and energy efficient buildings,and be aware how these matters affect technical design and detailing.
LO3 Understand the performance/behaviour of building fabrics in response to ambient environments
LO4 Understand and evaluate the scenarios of Condensation risks in buildings
LO5 Understand the factors influencing global and local climate and be able to interpret environmental strategies in response to site microclimate
LO6 Ability to solve basic problems in environmental physics using numerical and graphical procedures;
LO7 Understand and interpret the readings and graphical data generated from climate analysis software.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

6672 SERV H1501 Building Services I
6673 SERV H2503 Building Services II
6674 SERV H3501 Building Services III
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Outdoor environments
• Elements of climate and their impacts on built environment • Site microclimate study • Environmental Site analysis techniques • Sun and wind study and its applications.
Building envelope and indoor environments
• Factors influencing envelope design • General concepts, Theory & principles influencing façade design, • Intelligent building skins and their characteristics • Theory and principles of High performance facades-Twin shell facades etc. • Day lighting theory and principles o Climate and light o The daylight factor concept o Daylight factor calculations o Day lighting strategies for buildings in relation to building orientation, building form and site context o Daylight directing systems-including side lighting and top lighting options. • Behaviour of building envelopes to thermal and moisture gradients. • Types of condensation and condensation risk evaluation • Psychrometric chart and its applications in the context of passive building design
Building Ventilation
• Principles of ventilation and air movement • Means of natural ventilation: wind driven and buoyancy driven or combined. • Design considerations; position of openings, external features, size of openings, control of openings. • Measurement and sizing of ventilation opening for buildings. • Ventilation strategies for buildings: natural and mixed mode, single sided, cross ventilation, stack ventilation etc.
Thermal design of buildings
• Heat exchange processes in buildings • High performance glazing and windows • Passive heating concepts and principles • Passive Solar gain strategies for buildings • Solar shading devices
Acoustic design
• Fundamentals of Acoustics • Human perception and reaction to sound • Environmental Noise • Sound and solid surfaces • Sound in enclosed spaces • Sound transmission in buildings
Sustainable services
Integrating renewables.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project 1 2,3,5,7 20.00 Sem 1 End
Project Project 2 2,3,5,6,7 20.00 End-of-Semester
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Total Hours 150.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMARC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology 7 Mandatory