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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2021/2022
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Docente Iannaccone Giuliana
Cfu 9.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  6.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

Fundamentals of Integrated Building Design is an introduction to the methodologies and tools used to govern energy, resources and environmental quality decisions for the design and construction of energy-effective buildings that respond to site specific environmental conditions. Techniques covered include preliminary design tools, assessment methods, protocols and good practice guides to provide a conceptual framework for the design of efficient buildings that consider both horizontal (interdisciplinary) and vertical (life cycle-related) integration.

Associated with the course is a 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.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Through a series of individual and group activities, based on an innovative teaching approach in form of flipped classroom, open seminars and blended class, students will learn fundamental principles of Integrated Building Design to deliver sustainable high-performance buildings.

At the end of the course 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 using drawings, diagrams and reports. This demonstration must include active and passive heating and cooling, solar geometry, daylighting, natural ventilation, indoor air quality, solar systems.

Argomenti trattati

1. Integrated building design: definition and scope

2. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Climate Change and the built environment.

3. Performance-based design and preliminary modeling

3. Site analysis and sustainable design.

4. Life cycle oriented design and Assessment tools

5. Designing sustainable high-performance buildings through building systems integration

5.1 Building envelope design strategies

5.2 Structural design and sustainability

5.3 MEP design and sustainability

6. Future trends in sustainable building design.  

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. Students will be asked to take ownership of a case study project assigned by the teacher and play the role of project design engineer or project engineering consultant. The group will try to recreate the designers’ thinking, their need for information and data at different phases of the work, the transformation of these information and data into design inputs.  

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.

Keywords: energy efficiency, sustainable architecture, sustainable green technologies, well-being, sustainable resource management, climate change mitigation, life cycle assessment.



Students are required to know the basics of bulding materials and technologies, main structural typologies, CAD tools.

Modalità di valutazione

Project development is a team effort. Cohesive group participation is critical to a successful project.

Grades are assigned in groups (design reports and presentations) and individually (individual assignment + oral exam).


Group mark:

Preliminary case study report (due at week 5): 25%

Building systems integration report (due at week 10): 45%

Re-engineering report (due at week 14): 35%


Final individual mark (individual assignement + interview): from -3/30 to +1/30 to be added to the final group mark

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaCharles J. Kibert, Sustainable Construction. Green Building Design and Delivery, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 2016
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaShahin Vassigh, Jason Chandler, Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance, Editore: J.Ross Publishing, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaKiel Moe, Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture, Editore: Princeton Architectural Press, Anno edizione: 2008
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaAlison G. Kwok, Walter T. Grondzik, The Green Studio Handbook. Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2011
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBrian Cody, Form follows energy, Editore: Birkhäuser, Anno edizione: 2017, ISBN: 978-3-0356-1405-3
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGiuliana Iannaccone, Gabriele Masera, Marco Imperadori, Smart-Eco buildings towards 2020/2030. Innovative Technologies for Resource Efficient Buildings, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2014

Available as e-book as online resource of POLIMI Library

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMarian Keeler, Bill Burke, Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Anno edizione: 2009
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaManfred Hegger, Matthias Fuchs, Thomas Stark, Martin Zeumer, Energy Manual. Sustainable Architecture, Editore: Birkhäuser, Anno edizione: 2008
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaSandy Halliday, Sustainable Construction, Editore: Butterworth-Heinemann, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-0-7506-6394-6
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaHolger König, Niklaus Kohler, Johannes Kreiig, Thomas Lützkendorf, A life cycle approach to buildings, Editore: Institut für Internationale Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH&Co, Anno edizione: 2010, ISBN: 978-3-920034-45-4
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaBruce King, The New Carbon Architecture, Editore: New Society Publisher, Anno edizione: 2017, ISBN: 978-0-86571-868-5

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