ARC2010 : Environmental Design and Services 2.1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of the course are:

1. To develop an introductory knowledge of the techniques and technologies used for providing an appropriate environment within buildings.
2. To acquire a basic understanding of the interactive relationship between buildings and their immediate environment.
3. To increase awareness of the wider environmental impacts associated with the use of buildings.
4. Explore the role of low or zero carbon design, passivhaus and active plus design on future buildings.

The module introduces the principles, techniques and technologies associated with the environmental design of small to medium scale buildings. It examines the essential function of buildings to provide healthy and comfortable conditions for people set within a context environmental awareness and the need to work towards sustainable development. The lecture course builds on the teaching delivered in stage one as part of ARC 1014.

Outline Of Syllabus

-Human well-being
-Bioclimatic and low energy design
-Energy and renewable energies
-Domestic scale services
-Zero Carbon design
-Passivhaus and active plus design
Carbon audit
-Water use and conservation
-Mechanical ventilation and air conditioning
-Natural ventilation techniques
-Daylight strategy
-Artificial Lighting its history, current use and the future
-Acoustic design of spaces - a guide
-Environmental Design Guidance

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching and learning is by a combination of lectures, directed reading, studio tutorials, feedback sessions and through the use of web-based materials. The lectures are designed to impart knowledge and understanding and they are planned to have direct relevance to the studio projects where they can inform the process of design and where students have the opportunity to develop cognitive and key skills. This process is supported by studio tutorials,by recommended reading and through the provision of on-line resources.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Coursework focusing on integrated technical design – Wall presentation + critically evaluated, illustrated report - 1000w
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment is by one two hour written paper taken at the end of Semester 2. The assessment aims to allow students to demonstrate:

1. Their knowledge and understanding of the range of topics covered during the lecture course.

2. Their critical, analytical skills and key skills in relating the knowledge and understanding gained in the lecture course to the specific and exploratory context of examination.

In semester one a piece of course work linked to the housing design in ARC 2001 will be set, the course work will be linked to an SAP assessment of their design where they will have to demonstrate compliance to Part L1 of the Building regulations.

To achieve compliance the students will have to apply knowledge gained on sustainability issues and CO2 reduction technologies.

Reading Lists