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AR10003: Building environment 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (EX 100%)
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 provide a basic vocabulary that enables a discussion of environmental issues. To make students aware of the physical impingements upon the body. To introduce the principal variables in the design of the physical environment. To use calculations at a basic level sufficient to enable students to make informed decisions about the orientation of buildings, the choice of building envelope and basic construction in order to achieve a satisfactory internal environment.

Learning Outcomes:
On the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to assess an external climate and explain the consequences for the design of buildings. They will be able to demonstrate how changes to the building design and construction will affect the environmental conditions within a building.

Appropriate analytical skills, interpreting diagrammatic information.

Human response, Climate, Vernacular buildings, Thermal environment, Thermal comfort, Heat losses, Heat gains, Condensation risk, Building examples, Natural lighting, Units of light, Sunlighting, Daylighting, Sound environment, Sound propagation, Units of sound measurement, Sound insulation, Sound in rooms.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR10003 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-ANB08 : BSc(Hons) Architecture with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.