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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2017/2018
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Iannaccone Giuliana
Cfu 9.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi


1. Course Description


The course of Fundamentals of Integrated Building Design will introduce students to basic engineering design principles and problem solving to use resources effectively in the design and construction of buildings.

In particular, the course is an introduction to the methodologies and tools to govern energy, resources and environmental quality decisions into the design and construction process and implement efficient optimisation techniques. Along with presenting preliminary design tools, assessment methods, protocols and good practice guides, the course also provides a conceptual framework for the assessment of the different aspects considering both horizontal (interdisciplinary) and vertical (life cycle-related) integration.

The teaching method includes a design exercise that relates this knowledge to the design process and gives the student experience with practical design problems. The design activities are conducted by students in groups under the close direction of a tutor. During workshops, the students will develop the basic professional knowledge not only of ‘how to build’ but also how to engage critically with other colleagues with different backgrounds in the design process. In this integrated activity, the expected learning outcomes are mainly concerned with considering a united whole environmental (site and sustainability), social (function, symbolism, well-being) and technical (construction, structure and services) aspects of building design.

Associated with the course are seminar series intended to expose the students to accumulated background and practical experience in the design and construction of buildings. During the semester, indeed, professionals will be invited to give lectures on specific themes and technologies, bringing first-hand work experience.

Visits to important building sites or exhibitions pertinent with the contents of the course will also be organised.


2. Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • the ability to understand the patterns of energy, light, air and water and their application to the design of a building through the development of integrated design skills;
  • an understanding of the basic principles and appropriate application and performance of construction materials, products, components, and assemblies, including their environmental impact and reuse;
  • an understanding of building assemblies and the principles of sustainability;
  • an ability to assess, select, and conceptually integrate structural systems, building envelope systems, environmental systems and building service systems into building design;
  • ability to demonstrate the principles of environmental system’s design and the tool used for performance assessment. This demonstration must include active and passive heating and cooling, solar geometry, daylighting, natural ventilation, indoor air quality, solar systems.


3. Instructors and Tutors


Giuliana Iannaccone, PhD, Professor of Architectural Engineering within the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, giuliana.iannaccone@polimi.it


Marta Maria Sesana, PhD, marta.sesana@polimi.it

Giorgio Edoardo Mariani, giorgio.e.mariani@gmail.com

Juan Diego Blanco Cadena, juandiego.blanco@polimi.it


4. Course Requirements

At the end of the course, the groups of students will be asked to deliver and defend the following:

1) BOOK OF DRAWINGS – A2/A3 book

Introductory drawings

  • Site plan 1:500;
  • architectural concept: floor plans (basement, ground, typical floor and roof), sections (two cross, one longitudinal) and facades (all) 1:200/1:100;
  • structural plans and axonometric schemes
  • sketches and schematic sections of investigated environmental strategies

Architectural renderings

  • General and detailed views of the building in its context;
  • rendering of the building.

Detail development

  • Schemes and sketches of the “green” strategies that were explored / adopted;
  • complete list of the solutions adopted for roofs, walls, floors, etc., showing the standard solutions “between the joints” and their description;
  • blow-up at 1:20 scale (portions of sections with related elevations and floor plans) with colours and specifications about materials.
  • details at 1:5 scale (joints)



The report will demonstrate the synthesis of the assigned design strategies and the students’ understanding of the material presented in lectures and classroom discussion.

Drawings, sketches and schematic section should support ist argument.

The report should be supported with references included in a bibliography at the end of the report.

For each strategy, the students should highlight:

  • Exploration of alternative solutions;
  • Aspect for design project integration;
  • Implementation considerations;
  • Design process (including optioneering calculations)

A demonstration that the brief requirements are satisfied is required, either in the report or in a specific graphical table.


5. Grading

Project development is a team effort. Cohesive group participation is critical to a successful project. Grades are assigned in groups (Book of drawings + Schematic design report) and individually (oral exam).

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The final evaluation is individual. The mark will derive from the output of the teamwork and from a final, individual discussion about the topics that are presented during the lessons.

Students will be required to present their teamwork twice during the term. These presentations will be evaluated with scores. The continuity of work will be evaluated as well.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaGiuliana Iannaccone, Gabriele Masera, Marco Imperadori, Smart-Eco buildings towards 2020/2030. Innovative Technologies for Resource Efficient Buildings, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2014

Free e-book available in our online library

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaCharles J. Kibert, Sustainable Construction. Green Building Design and Delivery, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 2016

Specific readings will be assigned during the course

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAlison G. Kwok, Walter T. Grondzik, The Green Studio Handbook. Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design., Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaShahin Vassigh, Jason Chandler, Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance, Editore: J. Ross Publishing, Anno edizione: 2011

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