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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2023/2024
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Cfu 12.00 Tipo insegnamento Laboratorio
Docenti: Titolare (Co-titolari) Brasca Matteo, Masera Gabriele

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

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The course in Sustainable Building Technologies has two main goals.
The first one is about design methodology and the understanding of the close relationship between architecture, energy efficiency and the technological aspects of a building, also providing students with tools to assess the related performances.
The second one is about the knowledge of the construction techniques themselves and the criteria for their choice in different situations.
These goals are integrated in the general learning objectives of the Master programme related to the understanding and practice of multi-disciplinary design, to the acquisition of performance modelling skills and to the knowledge of innovative building technologies for user comfort and environmental sustainability, in line with the EU’s 2050 decarbonisation target.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

At the conclusion of the course, the student knows advanced construction technologies and their application in specific contexts; understands the close relationship between architecture, energy efficiency and the technological aspects of a building; is able to analyse the effect of different design choices on the energy performance of a building, contributing to the green transition of the construction sector.


Detailed learning outcomes:

DD1) Knowledge and understanding

The student:

- knows the most updated concepts and regulations about energy efficiency and sustainability in the building sector;
- knows passive design solutions and critically understands their application to buildings located in different climates;
- knows innovative building technologies deriving from sustainability requirements and their implications on the tectonics of architecture;
- understands innovations in manufacture and construction of buildings and their components;
- can use preliminary and detailed performance modelling tools that can act as a support to the design of the building and its technological aspects.

DD2) Applying knowledge and understanding

Through the studio work, the student:

- applies design strategies for energy efficiency to a complex architectural project;

- applies performance modelling tools to assess the effectiveness of their design decisions in a continuous, integrated way.

DD3) Making judgements

Through the studio work, the student:

- learns to evaluate and select energy-efficient design strategies and apply them to his/her own project;

- learns to critically select building technologies and apply them to his/her own project.

DD4) Communication

Through the studio work, the student:

- improves his/her ability to work in teams of people with different backgrounds;
- practices his/her communication skills through the public presentation of their projects.

DD5) Lifelong learning skills

Through the studio work, the student tests the implications of a multidisciplinary design process on his/her own project, simulating a real-life design scenario.

Argomenti trattati

The course empowers students to design buildings in line with the most advanced European standards, contributing to the target of a carbon-free society in 2050. During the course, the theme of sustainability in architecture will be thoroughly investigated, ranging from global issues to advanced, building-integrated energy-saving techniques and the European legislation about the Nearly Zero Energy Building standard and the EU Green Deal initiatives. A number of European and Italian best practice examples will be presented, showing how the issue of sustainability is central to the building sector, requiring a holistic approach during the whole design process.
Students will be shown that the design of energy- and technology-related issues is often a creative activity, implying the ability to choose energy strategies, climate- specific architectural languages and suitable materials, putting them together, designing interface areas and so on. Innovations in the sector will be presented, in particular those that concern the shift from monolithic solutions to layered ones, and from massive to light, dry-assembled buildings also based on Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) principles.
While most of these topics will be presented through lectures, student engagement will be promoted through “student response systems” such as live quizzes and polls, Q&A and peer to peer discussions. Some topics will be presented with the “flipped classroom” approach, using specifically-prepared videos that are part of Politecnico’s post-Covid innovative educational initiatives.
During the term, professionals will also be invited to give lectures on specific themes and technologies, bringing first-hand work experience to the students.

The integrated design approach will also be the main focus of the Studio work, where students will implement design strategies and building technologies for energy efficiency to a complex architectural project, developed in parallel with the course of Architectural Design, offered in the same semester. The exposure to the different viewpoints (architecture and brief requirements on one side, energy efficiency and construction technology on the other) will help student exercise their critical understanding of the design process and prepare for the complexity of their future professional life.
The theoretical concepts presented during the lectures will be applied to the project with the help of performance modelling tools; students will be required to constantly assess the effectiveness of their design decisions on the energy efficiency and visual comfort levels of their proposal.
The design activity will be organised in small groups and will be take place over the whole semester, with constant assistance given by the teachers and by external professionals.
The Studio activity will be based on:
1. schematic design, in order to study and understand the bioclimatic strategies of the building;
2. detailed drawings (plans, sections and elevations);
3. working drawings at detailed scale in order to understand and solve the main technological aspects of a building;
4. calculations to optimise the design for comfort (heat, ventilation, light etc.) and energy efficiency.

Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile - SDGs
Questo insegnamento contribuisce al raggiungimento dei seguenti Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda ONU 2030:

SDG 7. Affordable and clean energy
- Energy efficiency
- Renewable energy sources
SDG 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- Sustainable technologies
SDG 11. Sustainable cities and communities
- Sustainable architecture


The fundamentals of building physics and building services are necessary to understand the concepts about energy efficiency that the course deals with.
A basic knowledge of building technologies is also recommended.

Modalità di valutazione

The final evaluation is individual. The mark will derive from the result of the Studio teamwork and from an individual oral discussion about the topics that are presented during the lessons.
Students will be requested to present their Studio project at three review sessions (one final) shared with the parallel Architectural Design course. These presentations will be evaluated with marks. The continuity of work will be evaluated as well, with marks after the Studio reviews between the interim presentations.
The final mark of the Studio will be composed as follows:
- 16% for the first interim presentation
- 23% for the second interim presentation
- 35% for the final presentation
- 13% each for evaluated reviews during the semester (2 in total).
Attendance to at least 75% of the Studio sessions is compulsory to have the activity validated; otherwise, it will be necessary to attend the Studio again the following year.

The individual oral discussions will take place on the official examination dates. Access to the oral discussions will be granted if the final, weighted score of the teamwork is equal to, or higher than, 26. In case the score is lower, the teamwork will have to be amended and finalised, then submitted at a later official examination date (the final score for the teamwork may anyway be lower than 26).
The final score must be accepted by the whole group: no later changes to the teamwork by individual students are accepted. In case the group is not happy with the score, the project can be amended and submitted at a later date.

The individual oral discussion about the project (teamwork) and the contents of the classes is compulsory.
After the oral discussion, the maximum increase of the teamwork score will be 1 point, with the final mark rounded to the closest integer number. Under special conditions, exceptions may be defined by the teachers, based on the individual contribution to the teamwork.
There is no limit, instead, to the decrease of the teamwork score as a consequence of an unsatisfying oral exam. This includes the possibility of a “fail” mark and the necessity to take again the oral exam in another date.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaSzokolay, Steven Vajk, Introduction to architectural science : the basis of sustainable design, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2014, ISBN: 978-04-15-82498-9

Previous editions of 2004 and 2008 are also still valid.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaM. Hegger, M. Fuchs, T. Stark, M. Zeumer, Energy manual, Editore: Birkhaeuser - Detail, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-37-643-8830-0
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaT. Herzog, R. Krippner, W. Lang, Facade construction manual, Editore: Birkhaeuser - Detail, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-37-643-7109-8

2004 edition also available and valid

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaJ. Natterer, T. Herzog, R. Schweitzer, M. Volz, W. Winter, Timber Construction Manual, Editore: Birkhaeuser - Detail, Anno edizione: 2004, ISBN: 37-643-7025-4
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaCremers, Jan, Building openings construction manual: windows, vents, exterior doors, Editore: Birkhaeuser - Detail, Anno edizione: 2016, ISBN: 978-39-555-3298-7
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaC. Schittich, G. Staib, D. Balkow, M. Schuler, W. Sobek, Glass Construction Manual, Editore: Birkhaeuser - Detail, Anno edizione: 2007, ISBN: 978-37-643-8290-2
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaCompagno, Andrea, Intelligente Glasfassaden : Material Anwendung Gestaltung = Intelligent glass facaden : material practice design, Editore: Birkhaeuser, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 37-643-6694-X
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaOesterle, Eberhard, Double-skin facades : integrated planning : building physics, construction, aerophysics, air-conditioning, economic viability, Editore: Prestel, Anno edizione: 2001, ISBN: 37-913250-4-3
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaM. Imperadori, Schematic Design, Editore: Il Sole 24 Ore, Anno edizione: 2011

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