The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the building’s design principles and approach so that it can achieve the best possible energy performance, whilst it ensures high indoor environmental quality standards.
This includes the integration of architectural design principles, of HVAC systems, if automation and controls, but also of the adaptation of the building to the local climate, topology and operational and habitual conditions.
Students get acquainted with environmental assessment methods and tools and with measure to reduce the buildings' environmental footprint.
Furthermore, the aspects of energy renovation and rehabilitation are particularly important, as the management of the existing building stock becomes a dominant issue.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The impact of buildings on nature: The effects of current designing, planning and construction practice. Introduction to energy efficient and bioclimatic design. Renewable energy sources in buildings: Passive and active solar systems, building integrated PVs, geothermal systems. Energy auditing and energy studies. Dynamic simulation of the building’s energy behaviour. Energy and environmental certification of buildings. Sustainability policies: The European and national legal framework, managing the building stock, setting aims for future developments.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Μ. Παπαδόπουλος, Κ. Αξαρλή, Ενεργειακός Σχεδιασμός και Παθητικά Ηλιακά Συστήματα Κτιρίων, Εκδ.Κυριακίδης, 2015,
ISBN - 978-960-599-019-0, Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο - 50662962
Additional bibliography for study
Building, Energy and the Environment, (Kosmopoulos P., ed.), 2008, University Studio Press, Thessaloniki
Solar Thermal Technologies for Buildings - The state of the art, (Santamouris M. ed.), James and James, London, 2003, ISBN 1-902916-47-6
Energy Simulation in Building Design, Clarke J.A., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001, ISBN 13: 978-0-7506-5082-3