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AR50465: Building integrated environmental systems

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Credits: 10 [equivalent to 20 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 200
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Report (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 50)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Synopsis: Learn how to integrate technical design approaches to maximise the environmental performance of buildings in a holistic manner. This includes aspects of passive and active design such as shading, ventilation, acoustics, lighting and renewables.

Learning Outcomes: Perform calculation techniques to assess various factors including:
  • the transmittance of shading devices and illuminance and quality of light;
  • appropriate lighting strategies in buildings;
  • appropriate ventilation design;
  • the acoustic design of buildings and external noise environment and independently assess the performance of the internal acoustic environment;
  • Compare a range of low and zero carbon energy technologies available and analyse their use in reducing the energy demands of buildings.

Content: Design and calculation of:
  • Ventilation;
  • Acoustics;
  • Lighting;
  • Renewable systems integration.

Programme availability:

AR50465 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-AFM30 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design


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