The energy and climate crisis pose big questions to architects and in order to start answering them, knowledge about some of the most used terminology and concepts of sustainable architecture is necessary to deliver quality designs. This course will go through project lifecycle stages and whole lifecycle carbon assessments, operational and embodied carbon, before focusing on operational energy basics. It will explain ideas such as form factor, building envelope, U-Values, thermal conductivity, solar heat gains, shading, thermal bridging, and airtightness, as well as building regulations and benchmarks. Demystifying these concepts and understanding how to apply them in practice will lead to greater adoption of sustainable principles in architectural projects.
- Understand project lifecycle stages and how carbon is assessed for projects’ whole lifecycle.
- Learn the difference between embodied and operational carbon and their importance in reducing carbon footprints.
- Start assessing operational carbon and energy performance from the earliest stages with a building form factor.
- Identify the basics of energy efficient design such as U-values, thermal conductivity, shading, solar gains, and advanced concepts such as thermal bridging, and airtightness, and discover how best to apply these principles to projects.