Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID20002567

Programme of Study: PROGRAMMA SPOUDŌN 2020-21 EŌS SĪMERA

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course323

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will: • be familiar with the basic principles of environmental design, • have a good understanding of alternative techniques to meet the energy demands of a building for heating, cooling and lighting, • have knowledge of the process of creating thermal, visual and acoustic comfort conditions, in relation to the climatic and environmental elements of the site, the operation of the building, its architectural composition and construction, and • have a good understanding of the environmental function of the immediate open space that affects and is affected by the building.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
A holistic and systemic knowledge of the impact of environmental parameters on the variety of scales of architectural design (from urban design to construction detailing) appears to be increasingly important on the design choices regarding the form and structure of buildings, complexes and open spaces. Moreover, issues pertaining to energy use and carbon emissions have gained significance as they are not only related to economic aspects but also to the availability of energy resources and to the protection of the environment. The course aims to thoroughly cover the interactions between urban / natural environments and building envelopes (climate, microclimate, soil morphology, landscape, etc.). The purpose of this approach is to set up an analytic and synthetic toolbox that informs the design choices for buildings and open spaces, for the selection of appropriate materials and the application of appropriate techniques and construction methods, to ensure comfortable living conditions, in the context of climate change and the urban microclimate. The knowledge offered by the discipline of environmental design formulates an effective tool for aligning interventions to the built environment with the contemporary challenges for sustainability and resilience. The theory of the course consists of a framework of rules applied during the synthesis and construction of the building, but also as a framework of principles for the selection of materials and structural products that will yield its materiality.
Climate, Building envelope, Thermal insulation, Sound insulation, Waterproofing, Daylighting, Cooling, Comfort
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment10
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities5
Written assigments15
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated through coursework and written examinations on the material taught through lectures. The final evaluation will be based on coursework (50%) and on the final exam score (50%). However, each student should be rated at least with 50% in both parts of the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΜΙΧΑΛΗΣ, ΑΞΑΡΛΗ ΚΛΕΙΩ , «Ενεργειακός σχεδιασμός και παθητικά ηλιακά συστήματα κτιρίων. Δομική Φυσική», ISBN: 978-960-343-330-9, ΕΚΔΟΤΙΚΟΣ ΟΙΚΟΣ ΑΔΕΛΦΩΝ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΙΔΗ Α.Ε, 1/2006, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 6295 2. ΑΝΔΡΕΑΔΑΚΗ ΕΛΕΝΗ . «βιοκλιματικός σχεδιασμός», ISBN: 978-960-12-1470-2, University Studio Press Α.Ε., 1η έκδ./2006 9 , Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 17147)
Additional bibliography for study
• Givoni, B. (1998). Climate considerations in building and urban design. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold. • Olgyay, V. (1963). Design with climate: bioclimatic approach to architectural regionalism. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press • Szokolay, S.V. (2007). Solar Geometry. PLEA Notes, Design Tools and Techniques, Note 1 (2nd ed.). Passive and Low Energy Architecture International in association with Department of Architecture, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. (first ed. 1996). • Auliciems, A. and S.V. Szokolay (2007). Thermal Comfort. PLEA Notes, Design Tools and Techniques, Note 3 (2nd ed.). Passive and Low Energy Architecture International in association with Department of Architecture, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. (first ed. 1996). • Hawkes, D., McDonald, J., & Steemers, K. (2002). The selective environment. London ; New York: Spon Press • Baker, N., & Steemers, K. (1999). Energy and environment in architecture: A technical design guide. New York, NY: E. & FN. Spon. • Commission of the European Communities, Lewis, J. O., Steemers, T., & Goulding, J. R. (1992). Energy conscious design: A primer for architects. London: B.T. Batsford, for the Commission of the European Communities • Brown G. Z. and DeKay M. (2000). Sun, Wind and Light: Architectural Design Strategies, John Wiley and sons • Schittich, C. (2003). In detail: Solar architecture: strategies, visions, concepts. Munchen: Basel; Boston: Edition Detail. • Lynch, K. (1971). Site planning (2d ed.). Cambridge: M.I.T. Press. • Erell, E., D. Pearlmutter, and T. Williamson (2011). Urban Microclimate – Designing the Spaces between Buildings. Earthscan. ISBN 978-1-84407-467-9 • Ng, E. (2010, Ed.) Designing high-density cities for social and environmental sustainability. Earthscan. ISBN: 978-1-84407-460-0 • Weber, W. and S. Yannas (eds. 2013). Lessons from vernacular architecture. Earthscan from Routledge. • Yannas, S., E. Errel and J.L. Molina (2006). Roof cooling Techniques: A design Handbook. Earthscan. ISBN: 1844073130
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