2020 Passive Solar Design

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Instructor(s)
Murata Ryo 
Course component(s)
Lecture    (ZOOM)
Day/Period(Room No.)
Intensive ()  
Group
-
Course number
ARC.D441
Credits
2
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

Passive solar design is a methodology for architectural design, based on knowledge from environmental engineering, that takes into account the physical properties of buildings. This course deals with the use of natural energies such as light, heat, and wind and the concrete configuration methods of architecture, through historical and modern works.
Students work to acquire systematic knowledge through lectures, create design plans, analyze assigned problems, and give presentations and participate in discussions. Furthermore, to facilitate the education of diverse talent and cooperative learning, English will be used as the primary language, and Japanese as the secondary language.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Learn aspects of the theory and practices of passive solar design
2) Learn to take into account the correlations between architectural objects such as floors, walls, roofs, and windows with environmental effects such as the regulation of light, heat and wind that use these objects
3) Apply gained knowledge and come up with specific ideas through proposing solutions for problems
4) Enhance presentation skills and international sensibility by performing presentations and participating in discussions in English.

Keywords

Passive solar design, Environmental architecture, Sustainability, Architectural design, Architectural planning

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The first half of the class is devoted to a lecture, the second half is devoted to students' research works and presentations.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Understand the origin of passive design
Class 2 Passive solar design and geographical factors Understand the geographical factors on passive solar design
Class 3 Passive solar design and historical factors Understand the historical factors on passive solar design
Class 4 Passive solar design and physical factors Understand the physical factors on passive solar design
Class 5 Basic theory for passive solar design Understand the basic theory of passive solar design
Class 6 Design of light Understand specific methods on design of light
Class 7 Design of air flow Understand specific methods on design of light
Class 8 Design of heat Understand specific methods on design of heat
Class 9 Passive heating and passive cooling Understand the difference between passive heating and passive cooling
Class 10 Passive design and Life cycle assessment Understand the relationship between passive solar design and LCA
Class 11 Presentation and discussion on design of light Research and presentation about design of light
Class 12 Presentation and discussion on design of air flow Research and presentation about design of air flow
Class 13 Presentation and discussion on design of heat Research and presentation about design of heat
Class 14 Presentation and discussion on design of passive heating and passive cooling Research and presentation about passive heating and passive cooling

Textbook(s)

N.A.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Dictionary of methods of passive solar design (SHOKOKUSYA)
The design method of the LCCM demonstration house (KENCHIKU GIJUTSU)
Methodology of House Design incorporating Time (SHOKOKUSHA)

Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation and report.

Related courses

  • ESD.D502 : Sustainable Campus Design
  • ESD.F501 : Practical Theories in Man Environment System Design

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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