The teaching resource will require approximately 3 hours of lecture, 16 hours of fieldwork and 1 hour for conclusions.
In the course of Sustainable Studio it is important to include important aspects of Indoor Environmental Quality, in the way to introduce the participants to the problems associated with indoor environments, specifically indoor air quality. To analyze the properties and performance of the building environment related to the users need and specific comfort, the participants will become familiar with the causes, health risks and suitable actions to take for indoor environment problems; the participants should be able to evaluate the indoor comfort, all the components, and to be capable to give guidelines on achieving the standards for the indoor environmental quality.
Upon completing the course the participants should be aware of the effects of heating and ventilation on indoor air quality and thermal comfort, as well as the implications on energy management in the built environment. The participants will be able to distinguish the main aspects to be taken in consideration, to measure them and to give some solutions, in order to improve the indoor environmental quality.
The course will address the many sources of indoor pollution, such as building materials, finishes and furnishings that give out‐toxic gas fumes. Methods to control indoor pollution will also be discussed, such as source reduction and ventilation. Ventilation is recognized as the most effective means to remove airborne pollutants from buildings, assuming an effective airflow rate, filtration and airflow patterns. However, ventilation systems themselves may also be major contributors to indoor air quality problems, through inadequate distribution, filtration, system design, cross‐contamination, etc.
This module intends to deal specifically with indoor environment quality, however, other environmental factors which affect occupant comfort, health and well‐being will be briefly discussed. This is necessary due to the interdependent nature of such factors and their ability to influence human perception of indoor environmental quality.
This module is integrated with Sustainable Design Studio, the course gives an overview of sustainable approaches to architecture, defining sustainability and exploring its development from the origins until the more current discussions in the contemporary architectural scene. The course will define methods and tools for bioclimatic analysis of the context (vast, intermediate and building scale); analysis of climatic parameters (Sun radiation, Ventilation calculation methods) and the definition of overall strategies aimed at Environmental comfort and optimization. Particular attention will be paid to the energy efficient design and towards the control of environmental eco-efficiency. The course will be delivered through a series of lectures and guided studio work. The primary phases of the work will be: a) providing the student with the basic knowledge and tools concerning the project and to respond to essential comfort and energy saving requirements, relative to the project and to the environment, b) applying the acquired tools in the bioclimatic analysis of the context and the project. The IEQ module will try to make real analyses and to integrate them with the overall considerations of the entire course.
The module will end with a practical analysis exercise, where the theoretical part will meet the practice. Students and Stakeholders will be presented with different instruments that will be able to measure different components of IEQ. All the participants will create different groups and will take measures in some Indoor Areas (that will be decided by each group). Students together with stakeholders will take an exam in the indoor environment of an existing building and will measure all the indicators of the indoor environment quality. At the end of the assignment students will be able to build a database with all the measured indicators of the indoor environment and will compare them with the standards. In parallel, other members of the group will take some questionnaires to the users of that area and the data received will be put in a report that can help in the decision to be taken on the improvement of indoor environmental quality..
Working on site, with instruments and analyzing directly the data together with stakeholders is a method that could help all the participants to check all the theoretical information with the practical information they receive on site.