CEMREB2-Energy in Buildings

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2013/4

Module Convenor: Dr Runming Yao

Email: R.Yao@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
In this module, a comprehensive overview of energy use in buildings will be overviewed. The module will introduce measures of improving energy efficiency in buildings including environmental architectural design, environmental systems operation and occupants adaptive behaviour and renewable energy technologies. Energy assessment procedures of building energy consumption and the tools used for that purpose will be introduced. In addition, the module will provide knowledge of building simulations and hands-on skills of simulation using commercial software packages such as Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) and energy assessment procedures. Students will gain simulation experience and skills through a computer simulation practice. Students are expected to propose an optimum design solution based on the analysis of the simulation results and present to audience.

To provide students with comprehensive understanding of energy usage in buildings and methods of improving energy efficiency and to train student with hands-on computer simulation skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:
• Describe the impact of the built environment on the global energy scene
• Describe environmental architectural design
• Illustrate the procedures used for assessing the energy efficiency of buildings
• Identify sustainable energy systems that are suitable for use in buildings
• Describe and explain building energy management systems
• Analyse energy performance in buildings
• Illustrate the integration of renewable energy in buildings and analyse its performance
• Define the purpose of building simulations;
• Produce building simulation models;
• Propose scenarios which affect energy consumption;
• Perform simulation using computer software packages;
• Analyze results and propose optimum solutions

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

Outline content:
• Requirements for acceptable indoor environment
• Energy flow in buildings and its modelling
• Energy performance assessment methods
• Low energy buildings design
• Renewable energy as a source for heating, cooling and ventilating
• Energy efficient lighting systems
• Building energy management systems
• Socio-economic factors

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, seminars and tutorials

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 1.5
Tutorials 4 19.5
External visits 6
Guided independent study 74 79
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 45
Oral assessment and presentation 5

Other information on summative assessment:
Assignment: Building simulation –energy efficient building design

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

Length of examination:
Two and a half hours

Requirements for a pass:
50% or better overall for a pass at Level 7

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of coursework and/or re-sit of exam in September

Last updated: 22 August 2013

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