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The subject teaches how to use two modelling approaches to investigate and communicate complex and innovative environmental solutions for energy efficient building design. Led by experienced software users from industry and from software manufactures, this course will allow students to specialise in a software tool which they may already be using at their work.
Based on a case study approach students will assess an existing or new building project and prepare the documentation arguing for the innovative approaches to energy efficiency that are proposed. Focus will not only be on learning how to model these complex scenarios, but also how to interpret their practicality and develop risk profiles allowing end users to be able to choose between innovation and benefit.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion, students will be able to:
- Model complex scenarios including natural ventilation, mixed mode/hybrid ventilation, use of passive techniques such as thermal chimneys, thermal mass, chilled beams, labyrinths, geothermal energy and solar energy
- Use modelling to develop risk benefit scenarios
- Communicate the benefits of various alternative options
- Interpret results
- Appreciate the relationship between design elements and thermal performance
- Be able to add meaningfully to a business case of an innovative system within an active actual project
Last updated: 6 December 2019