Why Sustainable Building Design?
When thinking about rising global CO2 levels, what are the contributors that first spring to mind? Coal? Cars? Factories? Farming? In your comprehensive list, you may well have forgotten a major contributor to global CO2 emissions – buildings.
With energy consumption in buildings is responsible for around 50% of carbon emissions in the UK, Reducing CO2 emissions, energy consumption and operating costs of buildings is a KEY TASK in the not too distant future, with already a strong demand for skilled graduates in this area that will only increase significantly.
The built environment exerts a major influence on society and sustainable design is now becoming an important concern of architectural and structural design as it is the largest user of natural resources, aggregates, cement, timber, metals, and energy and also has possibly the biggest influence on sustainable living for most of the community.
What will you learn?
This minor will be a solid introduction for students to the growing field of sustainable building design. It will cover both new build and the retrofitting of sustainable measures to make existing buildings more energy efficient, and students will be taking a positive step in helping to improve the built environment.
Module 1 (Year 2, Term 2) – Built Environment: The Energy Context
Why do we really need to implement energy efficiency? How can renewable energy sources work in the built environment? Learn about the issues surround energy consumption in buildings, how energy is supplied to buildings and how we can reduce energy consumption, and take part in a scenario to sustainably power a building with limited fossil resources.
Module 2 (Year 3, Term 1) – Building Engineering Physics
Discover the physics behind how buildings perform and learn how heat, light and sound work in and are key elements of building engineering, with parts of the module focusing on thermal insulation in buildings, energy use in buildings, air control in buildings, artificial lighting, natural lighting, noise and sound insulation and room acoustics. Analyse and improve on existing building designs, all the while considering climate, orientation, materials and systems.
Module 3 (Year 3, Term 2) – Advanced Building Simulation
Explore the application and development of advanced building simulation software, testing and developing your sustainable strategies, applying advanced simulation models to design complex applications such as moisture and pollutants in buildings and complex ventilation systems. Learn how to simulate the performance of buildings, develop a critical view of the simulation results.
Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein
Dept Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
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