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Architecture and Energy Saving: Software Tools for Design and Evaluation

Postgraduate course. Online.

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6th EDITION
UPC School

The architecture and construction evolve towards approaches and solutions that strive for efficiency and energy savings to achieve a lower dependency on fossil or nuclear energy sources. This postgraduate course responds to the tendency of recent years for the development of computer programs that provide the opportunity to evaluate the energy consumption of buildings. These tools are contributing positively to the quality of the projects that increasingly incorporate digital analysis and energy reports in the design process, as well as in complying with current regulations or in rehabilitating and renovating existing buildings.

We chose the software with better projection, the most complete ones and most reliable to fulfill this trend, also in the academic education:

- METEONORM
- CLIMATE CONSULTANT
- SEFAIRA
- ARCHIWIZARD
- DESIGNBUILDER
- THERM
- INTRO TO BIM (ARCHICAD & REVIT)

 ( +info about the chosen software) 



Aims

- To train technicians in energy management that will dominate the latest trends in computing and energy calculation engines.
- Learn to adapt to the future and new applications.
- Become familiar with the configuration, monitoring, simulation, calculation and application of the results in real life.
- Knowledge of "Parametric Energy Architecture" and training for energy reporting.
- Use tools to evaluate and propose improvements in the projects, which make them much more efficient and environmentally friendly.
- Be able to apply with more ease and reliability, energy certification referred to in the Technical Building Code (CTE) in architectural projects.
- Increase the field of professional work of the participants.
- Acquire new skills that will be essential in project teams, competitions, research groups and leadership roles
- Promote the exchange of knowledge among multidisciplinary groups from different sectors.

Who is it for

The program is aimed at professionals in the sectors of construction, industry, economy, energy, environment and sustainability

University qualifications fit the usual courses offered are:
- Architects.
- Engineers or technicians.
- Graduates in environmental disciplines.

Content

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The course is divided into four areas, based on the analysis of climatic variables, through computer programs to calculate solar radiation, lighting, thermal performance and energy, fluid aerodynamics, etc..

Subject of each graduate will follow a logical order of learning and practice to achieve optimal knowledge of each of the tools:

- Explanation and clarification of concepts and the physical parameters and software building utiliza.
- Learn step by step and use the program.
- Preparation and understanding of results.
- Implementation of specific regulations.
- Preparation of reports and assessments of different energy cases.

Subjects

Bioclimatic Design Basis
6 ECTS. 52 teaching hours.
Theory
  • Definition of thermal comfort.
  • Introduction to passive cooling strategies.
  • Generation and study of psychometric charts.
  • Sunpath study.

Software METEONORM

  • Generation of climate data and data bases for any location.
  • Get files in different formats for weather analysis.

Software CLIMATECONSULTANT

  • Visualization and analysis of meteorological variables.
  • Application example: study of the Mediterranean climate.

Adjusting variables

  • Meteocat, EERE, MICT: Importing climate data from reliable sources.
  • Interpretation and correction of climatic variables obtained from other sources .dat, .wea.

Presentation of climatic charts.

  • Treatment and presentation of climatic data.
  • Excel Data Management: Definition of ranges, dynamic graphs, basic functions and macros.
  • Data import .csv
  • Final presentation and preparation of the basis for the energy report.
Radiación Solar e Iluminación
3 ECTS. 26 teaching hours.
Theory
  • Class introduction to physical and architectural concepts.
  • Radiation, types and effects.
  • Solar radiation.
  • Filters for reflection and transmission types.
  • Shading factor, sunscreen and modified solar factor.
  • Thermal effects and lighting effects of solar radiation

Software ARCHIWIZARD

  • Lighting parameters, visual comfort and lighting levels according to use and daylighting factors.
  • Generation of images for the study of light levels.
  • Optimization of thermal building performance considering solar models.
  • Renewable energy (photovoltaic, solar thermal, etc.)
  • Case studies and methodology for the energy report.

Software ECOTEC *

  • Solar geometry, radiation, solar charts and shadows study.
  • Calculation and quantification of solar radiation in the building.
  • Solar access to the building.
  • Dimensioning, verification and optimization of sun protection.

* Due to the constant evolution and development of new tools, Ecotect can be replaced in the next edition of the course.

Building Thermal Analysis
8 ECTS. 80 teaching hours.

Theory

  • Introduction of the physical parameters and natural and artificial HVAC
  • The energy balance of the human being. The hygrothermal comfort of a local
  • The RITE: partial and simultaneous maximum hygrothermal loads. Sensible and latent. The psychrometric abacus.
  • External conditions, basic parameters.
  • Interior destabilizing factors of a local thermal comfort (summer, winter).
  • Formulas for loads calculation.
  • Transmittance (Resistance to conduction and convection), solar factor, convection and radiation effect on opaque and transparent surfaces.

Software DESIGNBUILDER

  • Introduction to EnergyPlus and "green building" format: building and zoning.
  • DesignBuilder models: status, hierarchy, shapes and elements
  • Parameterization: Surround properties, thermal bridges, space installations, facade obstacles and shadows, etc.
  • Dynamic thermal simulations without facilities.
  • Virtual design of heating systems.
  • Parameterization for the building heating and cooling.
  • Dynamic thermal simulations of the facility. Energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • Strategies to reduce demand with active systems and improving energy rating.
  • Equivalent to CO2 emissions, primary energy and Tep
  • Economic consumption and amortization
  • Demand reduction with passive strategies.
  • Dimensioning, verification and monitoring of performance of the building with/without thermal installations.
  • Rapid development of comparative reports drawing conclusions and decision making
  • Editing results. Energy and economic consumption and amortization.

Software THERM

  • Heat transfer analysis 2D (two dimensional) through construction materials.
  • Draw the cross sections of the windows, walls and other building elements
  • Generate analysis mesh and heat transfer algorithms for finite element.
Aerodynamics and Ventilation Efficiency
3 ECTS. 24 teaching hours.
Theory
  • Introduction to the Rite and performance standards for renovation and air treatment.
  • The density and air stratification.
  • Ventilation systems: natural, mechanical and mixed
  • The logic of air movement. Fluid dynamics.
  • Natural ventilation, thermal draft and dynamic pressure. Consequences of changes in outside air temperature (daily and seasonal).
  • Ventilation and air conditioning. Heat recovery (sensible and latent) of the exhaust air. Controlled and uncontrolled ventilation. Control procedures.
  • Ventilation and energy consumption. Ventilation and noise.
  • Maintaining indoor air quality.

Software CFD-DESIGNBUILDER and PHOENICS

  • DesignBuilder simulation based on the thermal calculations of surfaces and indoor temperatures.
  • CFD Engine: interior and exterior aerodynamic analysis of buildings
  • Study of velocity, temperature and pressure of the indoor air.
  • Verification of passive systems related to solar radiation: Trombe wall, solar chimney, wind towers and ventilated facades.
  • Passive systems, geothermal air tubes pretreatment and wind towers.
  • Strategies for the reduction in consumption with air renewal strategies.
  • Comparison of aerodynamic properties between proposals.
  • Comparative study of PPD index (% of dissatisfied) and PMV.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Fumadó Alsina, Juan Luis
    Doctor Arquitecto por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) y Catedrático del Depto. de Construcciones Arquitectónicas de la Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC).
  • Uson Guardiola, Ezequiel
    Co-Director of the Master "Architecture and Sustainability: design tools and techniques of environmental control" and the postgraduate course "Architecture and energy savings." Doctor of Architecture and Master in Intelligent buildings and sustainable construction (MEICA) by Ramon Llull University and a Masters in Urban Planning from IEAL, is currently professor of Architectural Design at the UPC in ETSAB and Technical Director of the UNESCO Chair UDL. It is also "Bye Fellow" of Robinson College, Cambridge University (UK). He has lectured and authored articles and books on the implementation of sustainability strategies in Architecture and Urbanism.

Academic coordination

  • Tarrida Llopis, Marçal
    Experto en Software Bioclmático de análisis energético. Arquitecto por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña.(UPC). Master en Arquitectura y Sostenibilidad por la UPC School.

Teaching staff

  • Bunyesc Palacin, Josep
  • Folch Hernández, Marc
    Arquitecto. Co-fundador del estudio Calderon-Folch-Sarsanedas. (Lecturer)
  • Fumadó Alsina, Juan Luis
    Doctor Arquitecto por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) y Catedrático del Depto. de Construcciones Arquitectónicas de la Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC).
  • Guillén Amigó, Carles
    Industrial Engineering from the Technical School of Industrial Engineers at Barcelona (ETSEIB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Ibañez, Yanina
  • Labeur, Alejandro
    Arquitecto e investigador por la Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires. Experto en Arquitectura Bioclimática.
  • Ruiz Martorell, Galdric
  • Sole Bonet, Josep
  • Tarrida Llopis, Marçal
    Experto en Software Bioclmático de análisis energético. Arquitecto por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña.(UPC). Master en Arquitectura y Sostenibilidad por la UPC School.
  • Uson Guardiola, Ezequiel
    Co-Director of the Master "Architecture and Sustainability: design tools and techniques of environmental control" and the postgraduate course "Architecture and energy savings." Doctor of Architecture and Master in Intelligent buildings and sustainable construction (MEICA) by Ramon Llull University and a Masters in Urban Planning from IEAL, is currently professor of Architectural Design at the UPC in ETSAB and Technical Director of the UNESCO Chair UDL. It is also "Bye Fellow" of Robinson College, Cambridge University (UK). He has lectured and authored articles and books on the implementation of sustainability strategies in Architecture and Urbanism.
  • Vives Rego, José

General information

Credits
20 ECTS (182 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:16/02/2017Classes end:01/06/2017Programme ends: 01/07/2017
Timetable
Thursday  16:00 to 20:00Friday  16:00 to 20:00Saturday  10:00 to 14:00
Contact
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 62
Attending hours: Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm
Degree
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Postgraduate course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
2.500 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.

0.7%

Language of instruction
Spanish
Payment of enrolment fee
The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
- In two instalments:
  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up 10 days before the starting date of the programme
Software programs:

- Meteonorm
- Climateconsultant
- Archiwizard
- Sefaira
- Designbuilder
- Therm
- BIM (introduction Revit & Archicad)

note: some software may be substituted due to contents update 

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