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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge and understanding:
The aim of the course is to consolidate the fundamental skills for performing a correct and complete interpretation of passive solution for building envelope, in order to intervene in case of building reuse and requalification, in order to carry out a comprehensive and articulated technological analysis, aimed at evaluating the most suitable and sustainable methods of transformation and technological adjustment.

The ability to choose and correctly use passive building design and proper materials, in order to maximize the use of natural and local sources of heating, cooling and ventilation to create comfortable conditions inside buildings. The skills will be address to couple environmental conditions such as solar radiation, cool night air and air pressure differences to drive the internal environment.
Judgment autonomy:
At the end of the course, the student should have developed the ability to critically evaluate which traditional or innovative tools and technologies are the most suitable in case of passive building design, aimed at fostering the elements of sustainability in the transformation processes.

Communication skills:
Students will develop the ability to describe, communicate and represent the building envelope in all its components at different scales, through the use of the most appropriate methods and tools, which will be illustrated during the lessons.
Learning ability:
Different lessons are intended to support the student in the correct using of critical analysis methods in case of reuse and requalification projects by using passive design solutions for building envelope, as well as in helping students in identifying different building envelope elements that make up the building space and the space that defines it: the student should have acquired the knowledge and skills to face, in the future, an in-depth and autonomous application of these aspects.

Course contents summary

"Technologies for Passive building design" focuses on the study of passive typological solutions and the performance of passive operating technological systems, that best respond to the environmental and climatic characteristics of the site, and which allow to reach indoor comfort conditions inside the buildings.
These objectives are pursued through a project activity that is aware of the use of available resources. With a similar approach, the benefits that can be gained through the use of renewable energies can be maximized.
The building designed according to this approach must be able to control environmental conditions thanks to its morphological, distributional, dimensional and thermophysical features.

Course contents

The extended program and the extended bibliography will be made available during the lessons.

Recommended readings

-Olgyay V., Design with climate, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1962.
-R. ACHARD, GICQUEL P.., European Passive Solar Handbook: Basic Principles and Concepts for Passive Solar Architecture. Commission of the European Communities, 1986
-MAZRIA E., Passive Solar Energy Book, Rodale Press, NYC, 1979-

-J. GOULDING, R. LEWIS, J. OWEN, TP. STEEMERS, Energy in Architecture: the European Passive Solar Handbook, Commission of the European Communities, Dublino, 1992.

Teaching methods

Live Lectures (if necessary, lessons can be held via WEB classes, according to future needs.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination possibly preceding by design project.