Many of regions in our country have hot summer, cold winter and confortable mid-seasons, so that it is important to evaluate building thermal environment with site-specific climate conditions and to apply the results to the architectural design process. Firstly, this course explains necessary points for the evaluation of building thermal performance and thermal environments taking into account site-specific climate conditions.. Secondly, this course details building heat transfer, thermal environment simulation, thermal comfort, passive system, architectural greening and thermal environment design.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand thermal performance and heat transfer of buildings, which create thermal environment in the built space, and the effects of site-specific climate conditions.
2) Acquire evaluation methods for building thermal environment using numerical simulations.
3) Learn human thermal comfort and understand design methods for creating comfortable thermal environment with architectural greening and passive systems.
Thermal environment, Passive system, Built environment, Heat transfer, Simulation, Greening, Thermal comfort
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The course proceed with handouts for each lecture. In the latter part of the forth lecture, students are given exercise problems related to the lectures. At the end of the lectures, students are given a report assignment related to the lectures.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Social aspects of building environment, Energy saving||Understand social aspects of building environment and recent progress for energy saving in Japan|
|Class 2||Heat transfer and thermal comfort in buildings||Understand 1) building heat transfer with conduction, convection and radiation, and 2) thermal comfort of occupants in buildings|
|Class 3||Passive system (Building envelope and window system) Building thermal environment simulation||Understand thermal performances of building envelope and window system as passive systems|
|Class 4||Passive system (Natural ventilation and cross ventilation)||Understand characteristics of natural ventilation and cross ventilation of buildings as passive systems|
|Class 5||Building thermal simulation||Acquire the fundamental of building thermal environment simulation with the heat transfer equations Midterm exam for the first half|
|Class 6||Climatic and site-specific conditions of buildings Architectural greening and its effect||Understand how to decipher climatic and site-specific conditions of buildings for passive design|
|Class 7||Architectural greening and its effect on the environment||Understand fundamental of architectural greening and its effect on the thermal environment of building and outdoor spaces|
|Class 8||Design of thermal environment||Understand how to design comfortable thermal environment|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
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Students' knowledge of thermal environment, building heat transfer, thermal environment simulation, thermal comfort, passive system, architectural greening and thermal environent design will be assessed.
Participation and contribution to the class 40%, Midterm exam 20%, final report 40%.
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