This course is structured to accommodate the interests of both architectural students and students from an engineering or scientific background.
The course addresses issues such as architectural design and construction, energy use and global warming and, new and renewable energy technologies, novel materials and their influence on buildings and occupant comfort. It is designed to stimulate and encourage novel and imaginative solutions to the challenging task of designing environmentally responsible buildings worldwide. It attracts students from over twenty countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America, over half of which come from architectural backgrounds.
By the end of the course, students will have gained essential technical knowledge and experience on this subject, and will be adept at communicating and presenting themselves and their projects to an audience.
Students will develop: the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups the ability to exercise original thought the ability to plan and undertake an individual project interpersonal, communication and professional skills
Core modules provide an introduction to the systems that may be used to tap natural energy resources and demonstrate how these may be incorporated into the design of buildings. Architectural students then have opportunity to explore these in design oriented projects, while engineering students pursue more technical based projects. By taking a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching the subject, the course aims to engender greater understanding between two key disciplines.
Previous Research Projects have included: solar energy technology for building integration environmental performance of vernacular architecture use of porous materials for enhanced night cooling of naturally ventilated buildings impact of curved roofs on buildings energy performance in different climates
The course attracts students from over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America. Many graduates have completed a further stage of doctoral research or joined energy employment or academia in different countries.