Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to the Contexts
    • Sun, Earth, Heat and Energy
    • Materials and Properties
    • Understanding Structure and Forces
    • Knowing Structure and Forces 1
    • Knowing Structure and Forces 2
    • Strategies and Efficiencies
    • Radiation and Shade
    • Conduction and Thermal Mass
    • Internal Gains and Ventilation
    • Sustainability and R-Code Awareness
    • Review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. collect and analyse relevant information from regional, national and international examples of environmentally responsible design
  2. evaluate the impact of design decisions in terms of thermal, lighting and acoustic performance using appropriate technologies
  3. reflect upon the impact of design decisions and the relationship between the natural, human and built environment.
  • Assignment 1 - Exercise (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Investigation (30%)
  • Assignment 4 - Case study (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-BAS210

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as BAS210 Architectural Technology in Context.

This subject acknowledges regional, national and international environmental responsibilities by introducing students to principles of environmental design. It explores relationships between climate and design using passive techniques that influence the thermal, lighting and acoustic performance of small scale buildings in the local context. Work integrated learning is incorporated through understanding the impact of buildings' performance on social and environmental responsibility.

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