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Module Code: ARC103
Module Title: Introduction to Environmental Science
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
To introduce the principles of environment science.

To introduce aspects of climatically responsive architecture, and lighting of buildings.

To give students an understanding of the role of a building as a modifier of climate with reference to traditional climatically responsive architecture and the role of buildings in the context of global energy usage.

To introduce design approaches based upon passive techniques for achieving efficient thermal performance of buildings.
Learning outcomes 
A Identify and illustrate an understanding of the principles associated with optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments.

B Perform simple calculations in heat transfer, moisture transfer, energy consumption, artificial lighting and daylighting.

C Explain the impact of buildings on the environment and identify strategies to meet the current building regulatory requirements on sustainable building practice.
Method of teaching and learning 
Subject material will be delivered by formal lectures and assessed by means of a formal examination. Experience has shown that many students arriving with a limited scientific background find difficulty in applying scientific principles in a design context in the first year of study. Coursework assessment is deemed more suitable for students in later years who will have undertaken the formal lecture course and perceive themselves as having a level of scientific competence compared to other members of their cohort. Lectures are supported by printed handouts, available on ICE, and illustrated with images of recent and historic buildings.
The syllabus will typically include the following topics:

- The importance of good thermal design.

- Energy conservation and environmental issues.

- Primary and secondary energy and fuel.

- Types of energy.

- World energy problems.

- Methods of reducing energy consumption.

- Basic principles of Thermal Comfort.

- Climatic data for building design.

- Heat transfer in buildings.

- The U-value concept, calculating the U-values of building components.

- Fabric and ventilation design energy losses.

- The Building Regulations, their scope and limitations.

- The role of mass in building thermal performance.

- Solar effects.

- Condensation - problems in buildings; surface and interstitial.

- Climatic influences on traditional design.

- Wind and buildings. Wind loading, pedestrian comfort, pollution dispersal and ventilation.

- Rain and buildings. The driving rain index. Snow and buildings.

- Terminology, illuminance, luminance, reflectance, units.

- Human response to natural light.

- The sky as a source of light.

- Prediction and measurement of skylight.

- Sunlight protection.

- Daylight and architecture.

- Design of windows

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26          124  150 


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