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, email@example.com
Marta Maria Sesana, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org
Giorgio Edoardo Mariani, email@example.com
Juan Diego Blanco Cadena, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- 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
- General and detailed views of the building in its context;
- rendering of the building.
- 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)
2) SCHEMATIC DESIGN REPORT – A2/A3 book
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.
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).