063-0607-00L  Energy- and Climate Systems III

SemesterAutumn Semester 2018
LecturersA. Schlüter
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


063-0607-00 VEnergy- and Climate Systems III
No course on 26.10. (seminar week) as well as on 14. and 21.12.2018 (before final critics).
2 hrs
Fri08:00-09:35HIL E 1 »
A. Schlüter

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AbstractThe master course ‘Energy- and Climate Systems III – Climate Responsive Design’ addresses passive and active design strategies and methods to design buildings that respond to local climate as well as to challenges of global climate change. The course consists of six inputs lectures on specific topics and five hands-on exercises in class using different computational tools.
ObjectiveThe input lectures outline the physical mechanisms and related design strategies for comfortable buildings in different climate zones as well as exemplary buildings in which these methods have been influencing the architectural design of the building. For each of the lecture topics, students will work on hands-on exercises using Rhino/Grashopper and plugins on small building examples in order to apply strategies and observe the effect and the interactions with design. As a final project, students will use the methods practiced to develop a small design proposal in a specific climate zone.

The objective of this lecture is for students to be able to identify the properties of a site for its implications on interior climate/comfort and energy consumption. Based on this analysis, students know passive and active approaches and concrete measures to provide a comfortable interior climate and their implications on architectural design. Students are familiar with the underlying design process and are skilled in using computational toolsets to apply these principles in own building design projects.
Content1. Introduction to Climate Responsive Design
2. Climate and Site Analysis
3. Passive Solar
4. Active Solar
5. Heat Flows and Storage
6. Natural and Hybrid Ventilation
Lecture notesThe slides from the lecture serve as lecture notes and are available as download (PDF).
LiteratureA list of relevant literature is available at the chair.
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements:
MSc Arch: Successful participation in the course 'Energie- und Klimasysteme I + II'

MSc MBS / Eng: Successful participation in the course 'Building Systems'

All students need to be capable of working with 'Rhino / Grashopper 'modeling software on 'Windows' or willing to acquire the necessary skills before or during the course.

Noch Bachelor students allowed to this course!

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersA. Schlüter
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Admission requirementThe course contains a series of lectures, 3 exercises and 1 final project.
The students’ grade is determined by their final project submission only. However, the students are allowed to skip a maximum of 1 exercise, otherwise they will not pass the course.

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