PSP61 Sustainable Design of Buildings and Sites

Module code: PSP61

ECTS Credit Points:

Module Type:

1st / 2nd

Language: Greek

Learning Outcomes: After the completion of PSP61: “bioclimatic design of buildings and open air spaces around building”, students are expected to have acquired the following learning skills,
- Understanding of climate and its influence on the design and construction of buildings.
- Identification of microclimate elements and microclimate transformation mechanisms as well as ways of improving the microclimate of a certain plot.
- Understanding of the factors and mechanisms involved in configuring thermal comfort sensation.
- Ability of selecting and using thermal comfort diagrams as well as applying the results on improving the design of buildings.
- Ability of using solar diagrams and understanding the ways of utilizing solar gains according to orientation.
- Understanding of the mechanisms of thermal transfer as well as the thermal performance of opaque and transparent building elements.
- Comprehension of thermal inertia of buildings and its influence on thermal performance of buildings.
- Comprehension of methods for intercepting solar radiation.
- Utilizing solar radiation for heating of buildings through passive solar energy heating systems.
- Utilizing solar radiation for cooling of buildings through passive solar energy cooling systems.
- Understanding of the thermal balance of buildings and its relation to thermal comfort conditions.
- Understanding of natural lighting physics, perception procedure and vision mechanism.
- Ability in designing openings in buildings considering suitable size, position and distribution on the facades.
-  Comprehension of systems and techniques for improving visual comfort in interior spaces as well as capacity in selecting suitable materials and in architectural design in order to achieve maximum use of daylight.
- Comprehension of the basic types of tools for environmental design as well as their application potential.
- Comprehension of the structure of several software applications on environmental analysis of buildings, as well as ability of selecting per case.
- Ability in architectural and constructural analysis of buildings, as well as in defining their central idea (concept- parti).
- Comprehension of methods applied on rehabilitation of spaces and dealing with the impact of prior uses.
- Comprehension of environmental problems in urban spaces and especially in residential areas.
- Ability in evaluating rehabilitation techniques and proposing new uses compatible with the environmental conditions.
- Comprehension of rehabilitation techniques in urban building blocks and streets.
- Comprehension of water recycling technologies in order to preserve natural resources, as well as comprehension of methodologies for private and public open air spaces upgrade within the urban fabric.
- Identification of the parameters involved in landscape design and infrastructure projects design, in order to achieve environmental efficiency.
- Understanding and evaluation of the effects of planting and ability in selecting and designing proper planting in relation to its environmental impact.
- Comprehension of design and construction of artificial elements and urban equipment in open air spaces.

Subjects covered:
1. Sustainable Building Design
2. Small Scale Urban Restoration Issues
3. Sustainable Design of Urban Open Spaces
4. Sοlar exposure, Lighting, Ventilation, Cooling and Heating

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed

Teaching Method: Distance education with five Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of four written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available