Low Energy Buildings – Part A

Low Energy Buildings – Part A


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Building comfort into your surroundings.

Join our MSc students and learn about the complex interrelationship between physical comfort, energy flows in buildings and energy efficient building design. Explore the theories, and apply them in practice with expert-led practical workshops.

Part A works as a stand alone course but to learn more about Part B click here

Key Information

  • Duration: five days
  • Mon 14th – Fri 18th October 2019
  • Start and finish times: starts 11am on the first day and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Fee: Waged £750, Low Waged / Concessions £700
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation
  • What to bring: due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing.
  • Terms and Conditions: You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

What you will learn

Learn to develop a systematic, holistic, multidisciplinary and analytical approach to energy efficient design, heat flows, and the provision of thermal comfort. All the time with the demands of climate change adaptation and the principles of sustainability at the heart of the course.

Main Topics:

  • Thermal comfort
  • Heat transfers through building fabric, determination of U values
  • Thermal mass
  • Ventilation
  • Impact of moisture on building fabric and occupant health
  • Passive Cooling
  • Passive approaches to sunlight and solar gain
  • Natural lighting
  • Solar resource
  • Urban heat island effect
  • Climate influences on design and future climate change considerations for this
  • Quantification of building performance

This course is ideal if you are interested in further post graduate study at CAT, want to learn how to critically evaluate a building’s design or proposed renovations in providing occupant comfort, energy efficiency, potential for rot and decay, wider environmental impacts and resilience to climate change.

Tutor profiles

Module Leader: Frances Hill

With a background in physics, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering, Frances lectures on heat transfers in buildings, and on renewable energy provision. She also teaches study skills including data analysis.

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