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Sustainable Architecture: Energy Efficiency and Quality

In this online architecture course, learn about architectural design considerations for energy efficient buildings.

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This free online energy efficient building course discusses the specific requirements of energy efficient building design in terms of materials, equipment and practices. This includes the different compliance criteria and the calculations involved. You will also learn about Net Zero Energy buildings as well as the design considerations for safe and healthy indoor air quality, including materials used, ventilation design and airflow provisions.
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This free online energy efficient building course discusses the architectural design strategies for low-energy, pollution-free, healthy and comfortable indoor environments. It begins by looking at the current energy consumption scenario and the related terminologies and definitions. This leads you to the specific requirements for energy-efficient building design in terms of materials, equipment and practices. You will learn about the different factors and components of a building which contribute towards heat gain and how they can be optimized through design and material selection. You will also learn about the electricity-consuming equipment installed inside a building which can be controlled and made to consume less electricity; in compliance with the Green Building Rating Programs.

Next, you will be introduced to the concept of Net Zero Buildings with examples and case studies. This will be followed by the concept of indoor pollution, the causes, the effects and how it can be managed to meet the indoor air quality regulatory standards. You will learn about the unhealthy volatile organic compounds released by the materials used on indoor surfaces and the role of natural and mechanical ventilation in maintaining the indoor air quality.

Finally, you will learn how to design building interiors for thermal and visual comfort. The importance of health, safety and general well-being of the occupants are taken into consideration through the various parameters, standards and compliance approaches. This includes the design of the space, furniture, acoustics, aesthetics and connectivity between the indoor and outdoor areas. Although largely addressed towards undergraduate students, all others who want to learn about sustainable and green building concepts and who are planning to go ahead in the field of green building design and implementation, will greatly benefit from this energy efficient building course. Why wait, start this course today!

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Learning Outcomes

Once you have completed this course, you should be able to: 

  • Discuss the various design strategies for energy conservation and energy efficiency
  • Describe the measures that can be employed to improve the energy performance of a building.
  • Explain the role of the building envelope in increasing or decreasing the EPI of the building
  • List the various available electrical equipment that can reduce energy consumption in a building
  • Explain the concept of a Net Zero Energy Building
  • Distinguish between the different types of Net Zero buildings
  • Classify the types and sources of indoor pollutants
  • Explain the role of ventilation in reducing indoor air pollution
  • Describe the available compliance approaches for indoor thermal, visual and acoustic comfort
  • Discuss the interior design considerations for the health and well-being of the occupants of a building 


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