Climate: sustainable architecture

Possible topics include:
    • Knowledge of climate change and climate change science and impact of both mitigation and adaptation
    • KPI's and which ones should be used
    • Communicating the importance of low carbon design
    • Understanding stakeholders, clients, planning and legislative authorities
    • Defining the brief whilst balancing sustainability targets
    • Understanding and prioritising energy efficiency in low carbon design
    • Importance of sustainable design from inception to completion and handover including post-occupancy evaluation and feedback
    Design process
    • Regulations, codes, guidance and standards (current and planned)
    • Heat loss paramaters and understanding the relationship between air tightness, insulation, glazing, heat loss and solar gain.
    • Building services and renewable energy systems
    • Building energy performance/metering and monitoring
    • Understanding the energy assessment process
    • Material selection, embedded energy, recycling and minimising waste
    • Understanding energy and u-value calculations
    • When to use passive or mechanical ventilation
    • Whole life carbon footprinting
    • Resource energy efficiency, materials, water, energy and behaviour
    • Understanding sustainable benchmarking tools and assessment methods: BREEAM, SAP, PHPP, Code for Sustainable Homes, EARM
    RIBA Core Curriculum
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