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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2014/2015
Scuola Scuola di Architettura e Società
Insegnamento 088591 - BUILDING PHYSICS
Docente Ferrari Simone
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento
Arc - Urb - Cost (1 liv.)(ord. 270) - MI (1145) SCIENZE DELL'ARCHITETTURAAUPAZZZZ088591 - BUILDING PHYSICS

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

By developing a deeper intuitive understanding of thermal sciences, the course allows students to approach the architectural design taking into account the physical phenomena responsible of the building behaviour. Moreover, by introducing the basics of the architectural science, the course provides knowledge of the physical principles and their relationship to human comfort, also by considering the control functions of the building (passive controls), associated installations, energy-using ‘active’ controls.

Since the performance of the built environment has greatest effect on energy use and sustainability, the lectures are finalized to study the interaction between buildings and environment, the environmental and energy problems and their connection with architectural design.

Basic subjects are thermodynamics, heat transfer, psychometrics, climatic conditions, thermal and visual comfort and their relation with energy and environmental performance of the buildings.

  • Basic Concepts of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

 - Energy, Energy Transfer, and General Energy Analysis

- Properties of Pure Substances

- Energy Analysis of Closed Systems

- Mass and Energy Analysis of Control Volumes

- The Second Law of Thermodynamics

- Entropy

- Thermodynamic Cycles

- Gas Vapor Mixtures and Air-Conditioning

- Mechanisms of Heat Transfer (conduction, convection, radiation)


  • Basis of sustainable design 

- Thermal comfort

- Climate

- Thermal behaviour of buildings

- Passive controls design

- Active controls: HVAC

- Physics of light and vision

- Daylight and sunlight

- Electric lighting

- Energy sources and conversion

- Renewable energy

- Energy use and energy conservation


The knowledge gained equips the student with the tools to realize the potential of the good intentions of sustainable design.

The course structure includes ex-cathedra lectures with exercises.

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The examination implies a written test:

• solving numerical problems
• theoretical questions with multiple answers on the topics of the course
• theoretical questions with open answers (succinct) on the topics of the course


  Based on the verification needs of the teacher or, if the written test is passed, based on the ambitions of the student, an additional oral examination could be eventually included:

• theoretical questions on the course topics, also with reference to parametric analysis and/or demonstrations

• questions designed to highlight the student's ability to develop connections between the various topics of the course

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaYunus A. Çengel, Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer - 2/e, Editore: McGraw-Hill, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-0-07-338017-9

As an alternative to: Thermodynamics - An Engineering Approach; The sections of the chapters to be studied are only those corresponding to the content of the slides presented during the lectures

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaYunus A. Cengel, Michael A. Boles, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach - 7th Edition, Editore: McGraw-Hill, Anno edizione: 2011, ISBN: 978-0-07-352932-5

As an alternative to: Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer; The sections of the chapters to be studied are only those corresponding to the content of the slides presented during the lectures

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaS. V. Szokolay, Introduction to architectural science: the basis of sustainable design, Editore: Architectural Press-Elsevier Ltd, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-0-7506-8704-1

this book has to be studied entirely, including Data sheets and Method sheets, excluding the Part 3 (Sound)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaNorbert Lechner, HEATING, COOLING, LIGHTING - Sustainable Desogn Methods for Architects, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Anno edizione: 2009, ISBN: 978-0-470-04809-2

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