CEM17A-Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice A

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Runming Yao

Email: R.Yao@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module provides the knowledge and understanding necessary for students to perform environmental design and assess the performance of building passive and active systems in terms of their environmental impact. The module will introduce the role of building site impact, building façade design, building services engineering systems, construction materials, facilities management and system controls in moderating the internal building environment and an understanding of the energy implications for each. Building users’ need and indoor environmental quality will also be addressed. The module will provide knowledge of heat transfer, building simulations and hands-on skills of simulation using software packages such as lighting design tool DIAL, integrated environmental solutions (IES) and energy assessment procedures. The module will also provide experimental practice


The aim is to provide holistic approach to deliver sustainable buildings. The integrated process of design, operation and management will be the core of this module. Students will also be trained in hands-on computer simulation skills and experimental skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand key components of environmental quality and design criteria

  • Understand the principle of passive building/architectural design

  • Assess building performance of passive design

  • Have knowledge of mechanical engineering systems

  • Have knowledge of sustainable materials and environmental impact

  • Assess environmental performance of mechanical engineering systems

  • Perform simulations using computer software packages

Additional outcomes:

  • Numerical calculation skills;

  • Students should be able to work within a team and present the outcome to an audience.

Outline content:

  • Human well-being, comfort and air quality requirements, ergonomic approach

  • Impact of surround site conditions

  • Building façade design

  • Building materials

  • Evaluate and formulate strategic plans

  • Natural and artificial lighting

  • Natural ventilation

  • Acoustic

  • Climatic design and vernacular architecture

  • People orientated design

  • Symbolic aspects of built space and social requirements

  • Innovative heating, ventilating and air-Conditioning Systems

  • Intelligent control and Innovation

  • Integration of sustainable and innovative technologies in building design

  • Energy efficiency assessment methods

  • Experimental practice

  • Monitoring and measurement procedures

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, site visits, lab experiments, computer simulations and coursework practice.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Seminars 4
Tutorials 6
Project Supervision 10
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Supervised time in studio/workshop 6
External visits 6
Work-based learning 6
Guided independent study 140
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 50
Class test administered by School 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 11 June 2018


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