2017 Evaluation and Design of Thermal Environment

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Graduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Asawa Takashi 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

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

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Thermal environment in architecture Understand the fundamental of building thermal environment and the effects of site-specific climate conditions.
Class 2 Heat transfer in architecture Explain building heat transfer with conduction, convection and radiation by using each heat transfer equation.
Class 3 Building thermal environment simulation Acquire the fundamental of building thermal environemnt simulation with the heat transfer equations
Class 4 Themal comfort Understand human therma comfort Midterm exam for the first half
Class 5 Passive system Understand the characteristics of passive systems in architecture by comparing active systems
Class 6 Architectural greening and its effect Explain the characteristics and effects of roof-top greening, wall greening and outside greening.
Class 7 Design of themal environment Understand the way to desing of comfortable thermal environment
Class 8 Design of thermal environment -Cases- Explain the cases of thermal environemnt design. Report


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Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of thermal environment, building heat transfer, thermal environment simulation, thermal comfort, passive system, architectural greening and thermal environent design will be assessed.
Midterm exam 50%, final report 50%.

Related courses

  • UDE.E404 : Basic Engineering on Thermal Environment
  • UDE.E505 : Applied Engineering on Thermal Environment

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