CEMFEE-Environmental Engineering

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:NA
Terms in which taught: Spring
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Phil Coker

Email: p.j.coker@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
Intelligent buildings:
• To introduce the students to the environmental design of buildings using examples from different climates around the world.
• Develop the student's understanding about the concept of intelligent buildings.
• Introduce the students to some of the latest innovations in intelligent buildings.
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Sustainable construction:
• To introduce students to the environmental impact of construction and the build environment.
• To introduce students to key themes within the sustainable construction debate.
• To introduce students to life-cycle analysis and environmental impact assessment, their uses and differences.
• To develop within students a critical understanding of the limitations of purely technical approaches to sustainable construction
• To introduce students to existing tools and methods for assessing the environmental impact of construction including:
• ISO 14040
• EMAS
• Environmental Management Systems in construction
• Supply chain analysis methods
• Whole building assessment methods
Indoor environment:
• To introduce the issues that are important in providing a good indoor environment for building occupants.
• To draw attention to energy and sustainability implications of the environmental systems used to control the indoor environment.
• To inform the student of the various options of environmental controls that are available.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Intelligent buildings:
• To recognize that intelligent buildings are responsive to human needs, and have to be sustainable.
• To be able to manage rapid rates of change in technology and society.

Sustainable construction:
• The strengths and weaknesses of different environmental analysis tools.
• The key assumptions on which environmental analysis tools are based.
• A qualitative understanding of Life Cycle Assessment, its scope and appropriate application.
• A qualitative understanding of Environmental Impact Assessment and its appropriate application.
• A qualitative understanding of how Life Cycle Assessment can be used to minimize the impacts from building design.
Indoor environment:
• To demonstrate knowledge of the factors influencing the indoor environment.
• To suggest qualitatively solutions for achieving good internal environment and thermal comfort using different strategies.

Additional outcomes:
Additional outcomes:
Intelligent buildings:
• To understand the effects of the physical environment on human performance.
Sustainable construction:
• An understanding of the role and function of Environmental Management Systems
• An understanding of the relationship between Environmental Management Systems and Life Cycle Assessment
• An appreciation of the importance of whole building environmental assessment
• An broad quantitative understanding of the major environmental impacts of the built environment
• An understanding of the relationship between sustainable built environments and the construction industry.
• An appreciation of the key themes within the sustainable development debate
Indoor environment:
• An appreciation of the relationship between different factors that influence the indoor environment.
• An understanding of the available systems used for controlling the indoor environment.

Outline content:
Intelligent buildings:
• Introduction to vernacular architecture in cold,temperate, hot dry and hot humid climates
• Case studies of successful environmental design
• Future horizons for intelligent architecture
• Description of the future drivers in building design, construction and facilities management
• Balance between using low-tech and high technology approaches
• Introduction to sustainable issues with regard to pollution, water , waste and energy
Sustainable construction:
• The environmental impact of construction and the built environment
• Key themes within the sustainable construction debate
• Life-cycle analysis and environmental impact assessment , their uses and differences
• The limitations of purely technical approaches to sustainable construction
• Existing tools and methods for assessing the environmental impact of construction including:
• ISO 14040
• EMAS
• Environmental Management Systems in construction
• Supply chain analysis methods
• Whole building assessment methods
Indoor environment:
• Comfort and health
• Causes of building sickness
• Energy requirement
• Indoor air pollution
• Ventilation rates
• Building air leakage
• Natural and mechanical ventilation
• Room air distribution

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and private study

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Guided independent study 84
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

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:
Part of three hour written examination in April/May

Requirements for a pass:
The students must obtain a mark of at least 40% in each written examination paper and an overall mark of 50% in the University examinations.

Reassessment arrangements:
Students who fail to obtain the minimum mark in any paper, or 50% overall are required to re-sit the failed paper in August/September. Such students are, however, permitted to proceed through the summer course phase and dissertation phase of the course.

Last updated: 17 August 2012

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