Course: Low Energy Buildings (Part A)

Centre for Alternative Technology

Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys
8th - 13th October 2018

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Cost: Waged £700, Low Waged/Concessions £625

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy


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

This course aims to enable students to synthesize an understanding of the conceptual aspects and appreciate the complex nature of the inter relationships that exist between occupant comfort, energy flows in buildings and energy efficient building design.

Apply the above in practice and define how they relate to adaptation and sustainability in the built environment.

Develop a systematic, holistic, multidisciplinary and analytical approach to the critical appraisal of energy efficient design, heat flows, and provision of thermal comfort with respect to the demands of climate change adaptation and the principles of sustainability.

Main topics of study:

  • 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

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