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AR50351: Thermal performance of building envelopes

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • U-Value Assignment (CW 50%)
  • Thermal Bridging Assignment (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To give an understanding of how the different elements of a builing envelope work separately and when combined as a whole building envelope to control energy flows in to and out of a building.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Unit the students will be able to:
* Understand energy flows into and out of building envelopes.
* Appreciate the benefits of controlled air exchange through building envelopes.
* Evaluate the impact of thermal bridges on façade thermal integrity and building envelope performance.
* Evaluate building envelopes with component and whole building rating schemes.
* Assess condensation risk and its affects on building envelope performance.

Knowledge / Abilities:
Investigation and evaluation of new materials/technologies, analytical skills for the assessment of whole building thermal performance, group working across disciplines to understand the drivers for, and constraints to change.
Transferable skills:
Oral communication skills facilitated in and presented to a multi-disciplinary group environment.
Written communication skills.

Principles of heat flow through complex structures, evaluation of element performance, new materials and technologies, drivers for improved performance, regulations and rating schemes, condensation risk analysis and vapour control.
Before taking this module you must take AR50346 OR take AR50372
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50351 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-AFM28 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design