June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
22.223.1 - 22.223.10
Integration of several disciplines of engineering to achieve an energy-efficient buildingdesignThe design of commercial office buildings is a complex process, in which various designers fromdifferent perspectives involving the architects, mechanical and structural engineers, lightingdesigners and specialist simulation modelers contribute to an integrated approach. The integratedapproach may involve the use of local weather conditions, such as wind-driven ventilation anddaylighting, as well as the characteristics of the building shape, materials and space planningneeds.In this paper, a methodology presented to our students in the framework of this course ispresented. This methodology is based on using actual buildings, where local weather conditionsas well as engineering considerations and architecture are used in an integrated approach toachieve a successful design.In the second part of the paper, an integrated approach will be described through a comparativestudy of energy performance of fully air conditioned covered and open atrium buildings in aspecific climate. The objective is to teach our students how architects and building designersachieve the most energy-efficient solution among many choices.We discuss the course program from the students’ point of view, and the experience earned indesign, integration, and methodology and also in written and oral communication skills.Methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of this integrated course in terms of learningoutcomes is also described.
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