CEM221-Energy in Buildings

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Mehdi Shahrestani

Email: m.shahrestani@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
Buildings account for more than 40% of total energy consumption in most countries. Considering this significant energy consumption, this module will provide an overview of the energy policies, demand and supply load profiles in buildings and also will address the main approaches to assess and improve the energy performance of buildings. In addition, sustainable and renewable energy generation technologies applicable to buildings will be introduced and the potential capability of these technologies to mitigate the building energy related CO2 emissions will be discussed. Moreover, this module will address the building energy systems and the concept of heat transfer together with detailed analysis of the heating, cooling and ventilation processes.

The aim of this module is to provide a broad understanding of the extent of energy consumption in buildings and to introduce the concept of building energy performance assessment. The students will also develop an understanding and skills required to critically analyse different approach toward reducing energy consumption and energy related CO2 emissions in buildings.

Assessable learning outcomes:
-Understand policies and socio-technical issues relating to building energy efficiency,
-Understand energy demand and load profiles in buildings
-Describe and compare the main categories of Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems,
-Analyse the heating, cooling and ventilation processes in HVAC&R systems,
-Analyse the potential benefits and drawbacks of sustainable technologies including heat pump and combined heat and power systems compared to other alternatives,
-Understand the concept of heat transfer in buildings,
-Analyse the heat transfer through the building fabric,
-Describe the need for buildings performance assessments,
-Implement the concept of weather adjustment for buildings energy performance assessment,
-Identify sustainable energy systems that are suitable for use in buildings
-Propose solutions to design buildings with both low energy consumption and low CO2 emissions

Additional outcomes:
Numerical calculation skills

Outline content:
- Renewable and sustainable energy generation
•Introduction to energy in Buildings
•Solar energy systems
•Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in buildings
- Energy policy and demand and storage
•Domestic energy demand and supply load profile
•Energy policy and social issues
- Heat transfer theory and building energy systems
•Theory of heat transfer
•Heating ventilation and air conditioning systems
•Heat pump systems
- Sustainable materials and buildings energy performance assessment
•Sustainable materials in building design
•Building energy performance assessment

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and seminars

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Seminars 4
Tutorials 2
External visits 6
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
To be reassessed by re examination /assignment only. You are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

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Last updated: 21 September 2018


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