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Sustainable building design for tropical climates: integrating design of buildings and technology systems

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The course provides the main information about technological systems and tools for designing climate responsive buildings in East African Community (EAC) and other tropical countries with similar climates.

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Course description

One of the primary tasks of building’s designers is to create a built environment that is able to improve human wellbeing and productivity, at the same time maintaining an adequate level of operational efficiency and an effective use of natural resources. In that regards, the HVAC system (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) is one of the most important elements in designing a “sustainable” building in EAC countries. A conventional design approach is, by itself, not sufficient to achieve good performance because a building should be conceived as a system, capable of providing different types of services with the minimum impact. In fact, the incorrect design of a building from the architectural point of view (envelope, orientation, lay-out of the internal space, etc.) can result, for example, in an oversized HVAC system which can be energy intensive to operate and costly and difficult to maintain. Sustainable building design in EAC countries implies integrated design, which means that architects and mechanical engineers must interact, just as both have to interact with the energy expert. There is no possibility of interaction if the designer does not have some basic knowledge of the technologies that are used with great expertise by mechanical engineers.

In that respects, the aim of the course is to provide the main information about technological systems and tools for designing climate responsive buildings in EAC 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), the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi and Kingdom of Norway.

The course materials will still be available to all registered users for a long time, even after the closing of the edition.

You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online.

Prerequisites

No prerequisite knowledge is required, but it is recommended to know the topics covered in the MOOC: “Sustainable building design for tropical climates: principles and guidelines for EAC”.

Quizzes and scores

The course is organized into different weeks and modules. At the end of each module, you will find a quiz to check your understanding.

Certificate of Accomplishment

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions by the end of the edition. 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 end date.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.

FAQ

For further information, see FAQ page.

Course Faculty

Vincent Kitio

Vincent Kitio

Chief of Urban Energy Unit, UN-HABITAT, is architect from the Institute of Architecture of Venice with a Master Degree on Climate and Architecture in the Tropical Countries. He holds a PhD in Appropriate Energy Technologies for Developing Countries, from the University of Rome la "Sapienza". He is a former lecturer of Environmental Science of Building at the University of Nairobi. He has founded the African Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (ACREST), a Cameroonian NGO that promotes renewable energy options and appropriate technologies to fight poverty. Vincent is currently Energy Advisor for UN-Habitat with the task of mainstreaming Energy into UN-Habitat’s programmes and activities.

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.

Paola Caputo

Paola Caputo

Paola Caputo is an Assistant Professor of the Dept. of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering.

She has been actively engaged in several National and International research activities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, with particular reference to the topics of bioenergies and urban energy systems.

Over the years, she has contributed to energy researches providing many scientific contributions. She has been also involved in national and international working groups about the mentioned topics.

  1. Course Number

    SustArch102
  2. Classes Start

    Jul 24, 2017
  3. Classes End

    Oct 08, 2017
  4. Estimated Effort

    1-2 hours/week
  5. Language

    English
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