Environmental Thermal Control for Architecture - 10606360
Course Title
Environmental Thermal Control for Architecture
Course Number
Instructor Name
Sameh Monna
Contact Information
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Semester(s) and academic year(s)
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

The building has a continuous interaction with the environment. It affects the surroundings and the occupant mentally and physically. The building is the shelter for the occupant, and as such fulfills needs which are considerably older than recorded history. It responds to outdoor environment around it and even affects the ecology as a whole.

This course deals with the thermal and environmental performance which effect buildings, and how the designer responds to the thermal environment. It is necessary for the architect to understand those processes, human response to them, and the materials and tools with which we may work. The contents of this course are the following:

Part I

-           Introduction about Sustainability and Environmental Design

-           Physics of Heat Transfer, Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Latent Heat

-           Human Thermal Comfort

-           Climate, and Building as Organisms

Part II

-           Thermal calculation: heat transfer, flow, gain and loss 

-           Thermal insulation

-           Solar Position and solar control 

-           Passive design strategies

Part III

-           Active Design

-           HVAC Systems

Course Objectives
Intended learning Outcomes and Competences
  1. Be able to apply knowledge of physics, mathematics, and engineering science to understand building thermal properties.
  2. Be able to implement a complete but simple design by specifying all components of the system and providing a proper thermal design using manual calculations on simple typical examples.
  3. Be able to conduct proper and simple analysis for building’s thermal design
Textbook and References
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