Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sustainable Energy in the Built Environment

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty for the Built Environment

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will focus on design aspects of new and existing buildings offered for refurbishment. The unit will deal with thermal loads and building materials and how this relates to energy efficiency. It will also tackle energy, water and waste issues related to building design, measurements of energy efficiency, application of software design tools and integration of renewable energy technologies in buildings. Different systems for building ratings and certifications with respect to energy efficiency will also be explained.

Study-unit Aims

The aims of this Study-unit are to:
give the students a thorough understanding of what it involves to be involved in a design team, involved with the overall design and implementation of a new build or refurbishment commission of a building.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- go through the process of designing, getting certification, and eventually building it, with an energy sensitive approach.
- be able to select the right general design-associated tools.
- address the various sustainability issues in the design, construction and operation of a building.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills): By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- undertake the design of a medium-sized building that can attain sustainable status
- carry out the energy performance evaluation of a building with the use of software tools
- recommend solutions for improving the energy performance in buildings
- follow the necessary procedures involved in the energy performance certification of buildings

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Reading List: (available in UoM Library)

- Sustainable Practices in the built Environment, Langston, C.A. & Ding, G.K.C. (2001), Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, ISBN 0 750651539
- Climate Responsive Design , Richard Hyde (2000), St Edmundsbury Press, Suffolk, ISBN 0 41920970 0
- Environmental Design of Buildings - An introduction for Architects & Engineers, Randall Thomas (2005), ISBN-10: 0415363349

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Fieldwork and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 40%
Examination (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Vincent M. Buhagiar

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