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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