ARC2010 : ARC2010: Architectural Technology 2.2: Construction and Energy Efficiency

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The main aims throughout the lecture series are:
*To demonstrate the relevance and impact of building technologies and constructional methods in relation to both the natural and the man-made environment and to encourage each student to adopt an appropriate personal response;
*To develop an awareness of sustainability within the built environment and to increase understanding of the wider environmental impacts associated with embodied energy and energy in use in buildings;
*To explore the role of low or zero carbon design, Passivhaus and active plus design on future building construction practices with a particular focus on fabric first principles, energy conservation and the delivery of renewable energy.

The module builds on the foundations established in Stage 1 and seeks to directly complement the on-going Stage 2 Studio projects

Outline Of Syllabus

These include:
*Ecological Functionalism – Possible environmental responses related to construction & materials. Includes consideration of embodied energy and energy performance of different materials;
*Low energy design principles;
*Fabric first approach to building envelope design;
*Natural and mechanical ventilation strategies and heat recovery;
*Introduction to renewable energy technologies;
*Building innovation case studies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/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

Jointly Taught With: ARC2001 studio staff (studio workshops + assessment)

Rationale of Teaching Methods and Relationship to Learning Outcomes

Teaching is primarily by means of lectures, although these are complemented by studio tutorials, workshops and feedback sessions. In addition, students are encouraged to undertake personal research associated with studio projects with which this module has an especially strong linkage.

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

In the light of the intended knowledge and skills outcomes the 100% coursework assessment allows a strong linkage between technology understanding and the personally developed design work in the studio.

Reading Lists