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Sustainable building design for tropical climates: principles and guidelines for EAC

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The course provide the basic necessary information for designing climate responsive buildings, aiming to minimise energy demand and to achieve thermal and visual comfort in EAC (East African Community) and other tropical countries with similar climates.

Course description

In 2010 the worldwide building sector was responsible for 24% of the total GHG emissions deriving from fossil fuel combustion, second only to the industrial sector, but, if the embodied energy of construction materials is included, the share is far higher and the building sector becomes the prime GHG emitter.

Moreover developing countries are going to play a decisive role in the future world energy scenario, as a consequence of their economic development. Industrial energy consumption will grow, and a dramatic increase in energy consumption for transport can be expected, with the growth in the number of vehicles on the roads – if the currently accepted worldwide approach to mobility does not change.

The increase in energy consumption in the building sector can be expected to be even more dramatic, not only because air conditioning will spread and the number of domestic electric and electronic appliances will grow, but also because of the increase in the number of buildings.

In that respects, the aim of the course is to provide basic necessary information for designing climate responsive buildings in order to minimise energy demand and to achieve thermal and visual comfort in EAC (East African Community) and other tropical countries with similar climates.

This course is offered in the framework of the project “Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in East Africa” which is an initiative of UN-Habitat in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

Pre-requisites

None.

Course staff

Federico M. Butera

Federico M. Butera

Federico M. Butera, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technical Physics at the Politecnico di Milano, is UN-Habitat consultant for the development of handbooks on sustainable building and community design in tropical climates and for the design and implementation of training courses on the same subjects in East Africa. For more than 40 years he has been actively concerned in the field of solar energy applications, low energy architecture and sustainable urban development, pioneering the introduction of the topic “sustainable building design” in the architecture students’ education.

He has been involved in many research tasks of the IEA as well as in several EC research programs and in UN and World Bank development projects dealing with renewables and efficient use of energy at building and community scale. Besides his wide scientific production he is also author of books, articles and videos on energy issues for non-specialised audiences. In the last years he has been involved in the design of low and zero energy buildings and communities in Italy, China, Hungary and Niger.

Niccolò Aste

Niccolò Aste

Niccolò Aste, is an Associate Professor of the Dept. of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering.

He has been actively engaged in several National and International research activities related to energy efficiency of the built environment and to the exploitation of renewable energy sources, with particular reference to the topics of PV technology and its building integration.

Over the years, he has significantly contributed to energy research and has more than 100 scientific publications including three books on the aforementioned issues and research themes. Most relevant publications and research activities deal with the building integration of innovative LSC, PV and PV/T components a well as sustainable buildings technology.

Rajendra S. Adhikari

Rajendra S. Adhikari

Rajendra S. Adhikari is currently working as Associate Professor at the Dept. of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

Over the years, he has been participating in various National and International research projects. His research work is mainly focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings, energy conservation and low energy technologies. He is the author and co-author of more than 90 publications including two books and scientific papers in various International/National Journals of repute and conferences/seminars.

He has been the member of the editorial board of the international journal ISRN Renewable Energy (The International Scholarly Research Network Publishing). Currently he is the member of the editorial board of Energy and Power (Scientific & Academic Publishing) and Current Advances in Energy Research (American V-King Scientific Publishing).

Claudio Del Pero

Claudio Del Pero

Claudio Del Pero is a researcher of the Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering Department.

He is actively involved in research and advisory activities related to energy efficiency of the built environment and to the exploitation of renewable energy sources, with particular reference to the topics of PV technology and distributed energy generation.

Over the years he has been involved in various National and International research projects related to the exploitation of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency in the built environment and energy management.

Since 2009 he cooperates with the VISPE association (Italian Volunteers for Solidarity in Emerging Countries) for the design and the construction of stand-alone photovoltaic systems for off-grid users and a field hospital in Burundi.

Fabrizio Leonforte

Fabrizio Leonforte

Fabrizio Leonforte is a research fellow at Department of Architecture, Built environment and Construction engineering. He has carried out different theoretical and experimental works on renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings with special focus on the application of hybrid PVT systems.

Since 2013 he is lecturer in two master on the topic of photovoltaic systems and zero energy buildings design at Politecnico di Milano.

He has been also involved as technical advisor in several national and international researches as well as in different project with NGOs and Universities for capacity building of local staff.

Manlio Mazzon

Manlio Mazzon

Manlio Mazzon, graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in July 2008, has achieved a Ph.D in Technology and Design for Environmental and Building at Politecnico di Milano in January 2016, discussing a thesis on “Development And Use Of Dynamic-State Simulation Tools Suited For Energy Performance Optimization In The Integrated Architectural Design Approach”.

In recent years, he focused on the development of a SketchUp-based interface for building energy dynamic-state simulation carried out by EnergyPlus. Also, he mainly dealt with building energy optimization during the design phase and with energy dynamic-state models and related evaluation tools.

He actively collaborated with teaching activities, both in university and in professional training courses on zero energy buildings issues.

FAQ

How much does the course cost?

Nothing! You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online 24/7.

Will I receive a Certificate of Accomplishment at the end of the course?

Yes, at the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment to show that you successfully completed the course (by answering correctly at least 60% of the questions).

The Certificate is not valid for university credits, nor it represents a statement to prove the passing of the university admission test at Politecnico di Milano or at any other university.

What should I do in order to receive the Certificate?

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course (by answering correctly at least 60% of the questions). You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website. Pay attention: the certificate will be generated only after the closing of the edition. In order to view and download it you will have to wait a few days after the completion of the course.

I wasn’t able to view all course materials and to complete the quizzes before the end of the edition; what should I do?

The course materials will still be available to all registered users for a long time, even after the closing of the edition. In order to obtain a Certificate of Accomplishment, instead, you will have to register to an active edition of the course and answer correctly to the quizzes.

Are there any specific pre requisites to attend the course?

No, no particular pre requisites are needed.

  1. Course Number

    SustArch101
  2. Classes Start

    May 08, 2017
  3. Classes End

    Aug 21, 2017
  4. Estimated Effort

    2-3 hours/week
  5. Language

    English
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