100 Minutes on Climate Responsive Architecture by Dr Ahana Sarkar

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This course covers key aspects on climate responsive architecture in the form of five short lectures, each 20 minutes in length.

What Will You Learn?

  • This course covers key aspects on climate responsive architecture in the form of five short lectures, each 20 minutes in length.

Course Content

Lecture 1
The course begins with an introduction to environmentally sustainable architecture, followed by explorations of different aspects around sustainable architecture, including concepts and fundamental principles of daylighting, natural ventilation, indoor air quality, thermal comfort and energy efficiency in buildings.

  • Lecture 1
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Lecture 2
This lecture initiates with discussing the benefits of daylighting in architecture, followed by basic principles of daylighting systems and architectural features that enable daylighting in architecture. The metrics and indices of measuring daylighting efficiency are also discussed. The lecture concludes with few case examples and role of computational simulation in measuring daylight effectiveness in buildings.

Lecture 3
This lecture introduces to the concept of natural ventilation in buildings, with a focus on urban ventilation and airflow in and around buildings. It also discusses about the taxonomy of aerodynamically efficient built-environment elements at neighbourhood, building envelope and interior level that modify indoor airflow distribution. The lecture concludes with few case examples and role of computational simulation in measuring natural ventilation effectiveness in buildings.

Lecture 4
This lecture orients towards the fundamentals of indoor air quality with a focus on indoor air pollutants, household air pollution. The term ‘Environmental justice’ is also briefly discussed here. The lecture concludes with results from a case experiment and role of computational simulation in measuring indoor pollution levels in designated spaces.

Lecture 5
This lecture looks into the basics of thermal comfort, its estimation approaches, introduces to the concept of local thermal discomfort.

Lecture 6
This lecture introduces to the concept of energy efficiency in buildings and how energy efficiency and energy conservation in buildings are dealt differently. Also, the building envelope and its related parameters that can aid in energy efficient designs are discussed here.

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