Given the increasing demand for higher levels of sustainability in the built environment, and the growing complexity of integrated design solutions to achieve this, there is a need for design support methodologies that facilitate efficient and effective sustainable building operation. Future engineers need to be able to make informed decisions based on a thorough understanding of the governing physical principles, and awareness of the dynamic interactions between climate conditions; building shape and structure; (renewable) energy systems; the building user; and the integration in the urban environment.
The objectives of this MSc course are to: (1) present the underlying theoretical and operational principles of building-integrated sustainable energy systems from component/system-level to district-scale; (2) introduce performance-based analysis as a useful tool for assessing the trade-offs between indoor climate, cost-effectiveness and environmental performance; and (3) highlight the opportunities and challenges of state-of-the-art building performance simulation and to provide hands-on training in the use of such software
This course introduces students to building performance assessment (with a focus on energy and indoor environmental quality) during the (pre)design and operational phase of buildings. The course provides students with the conceptual knowledge to assess the performance of buildings in the (pre)design and operational phase using a variety of tools (e.g. sensors, data loggers and building simulation tools) and methods (e.g. measurement and simulation).
Upon completion students will be able to: (1) apply the performance based approach to improve building performance and value the concepts, assumptions and limitations that are related to the methods currently used in that approach; (2) utilize a state-of-the-art building performance simulation software on a basic level to analyze the performance of a building design and suggests design improvements; and (3) analyze and evaluate building measurement data in order to assess building performance.
As a follow-up to the CVUT course “Introduction to building performance simulation”, this Capita Selecta (= selected subjects) MSc and PhD course aims to explore in greater depth some selected concepts of this technology in terms of theory, assumptions, operation and limitations.
Given the (increasing) complexity of energy/ environmental systems in buildings, computer modeling and simulation is emerging as a viable approach to design and performance evaluation. This MSc course aims to give an introduction of the theoretical and operational principles underlying this new technology. By a series of (oral and self-study) lectures, the course introduces the concepts, assumptions and limitations which underlie the methods currently used to appraise the energy performance of buildings. The subjects are developed from basic principles assuming limited knowledge of computers and application software.