Course: Low Energy Buildings

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Wales
Monday 15th - Saturday 20th January 2018

cat.org.uk courses@cat.org.uk 01654 704966 Jyoti Tyler

Cost: £625 - £700

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability


For this course you will be joining a module of CAT's new Sustainability and Adaptation MSc course. 

This course will help students develop a deep understanding of the principles and consequences of energy and mass flows in buildings in terms of the building’s orientation and the local climatic conditions. 

Build a sound appreciation of how the energy transfers in buildings may be manually calculated, modeled and simulated in computer modeling suites and how this is vital to optimize the design for energy efficiency. 

Further hone a systematic, holistic, multidisciplinary and analytical approach to the critical appraisal of passive and energy efficiency design, heat and moisture flows in new builds and renovations, with respect to the demands of climate change adaptation and the principles of sustainability.

Main topics of study:

  • Passive solar design
  • Thermal mass in buildings
  • Energy and Mass flows in Buildings
  • Energy Saving in buildings
  • Ventilation and cooling
  • Principles of lighting
  • Solar Gains
  • Daylighting, artificial lighting
  • Movement of moisture in building fabric
  • Relative humidity, internal moisture control and moisture buffering
  • Computer simulation of thermal and hygroscopic building performance
  • Low and zero carbon buildings, including Passivhaus
  • Refurbishment

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