Module Details

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Code ARCH111
Coordinator Professor S Sharples
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15


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

(LO1) To develop an understanding of the factors which determine human thermal comfort. This module has been mapped against the RIBA validation criteria GC9.

(LO2) To develop an understanding of the relevance of climatic conditions to building design

(LO3) To develop an understanding of the role of building fabric and ventilation in the modification of climatic conditions by buildings and be able to carry out simple calculations relating to heat loss from buildings

(LO4) To develop an understanding of solar geometry and its importance in building design

(LO5) To develop an understanding of the nature of daylight in buildings and simple daylight assessment techniques



The environmental impact of buildings – energy, climate change, water, pollution and waste.

The importance of sustainable architectural design in reducing environmental impacts.

Low and zero carbon energy technologies.

Sustainable architecture – case studies.

Climatic data for building design.

Climatic influences on traditional architectural design around the world.

Solar principles.

Wind impacts on buildings.

Microclimate and site planning.

Basic principles of thermal comfort.

Heat transfer in buildings; the U-value concept; calculating the U-values of building components.

Fabric and ventilation design energy losses; the Building Regulations Part L, the scope and limitations of the Regulations.

The role of mass in building thermal performance; solar effects.

Condensation problems in buildings – principles, problems and solutions.

Lighting terminology - illuminance, luminance, re flectance, units.

Human responses to natural light.

The sky as a source of light; prediction and measurement of skylight.

Sunlight protection Daylight and architecture; design of windows.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 36

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 114


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Assessment 1: 24 hour, digital take-home exam. There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 2 examination period  24 hours    100       
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