Course Title Bioclimatic Design
Course ID ARCH 6104
Course Program Postgraduate, PhD, M.Arch,
Course Type Optional Theory
Credits Hours 5 Hrs/WK
Course Offered No
Description Introduction to bioclimatic design; designing with the natural elements and without the need for artificial environmental systems. The built-form and the ecosystem, interactions. Historical references to bioclimatic design: Shelter of the early man, shelter in different climates, extreme climates, in the sub continent. Contemporary approaches and innovations: rethinking energy, renewable energy, solar, wind, earth shelters, photo voltaic etc. The basis for bioclimatic design: Thermal Comfort Concepts. Questioning the comfort zone with reference to the tropics. Towards establishing a comfort zone for the tropics. Experimental methods and statistical analysis. Concepts in bioclimatic design. Building environment interactions. Thermal balance and heat flow. Thermal quantities and properties of building materials. Calculations for heat gain and losses in buildings. Passive cooling: Principles, applications and examples. Key concepts of passive cooling. Options for passive cooling and design considerations. Design for passive cooling, means and techniques. Examples with reference to Bangladesh. Environmental analysis of buildings. Environmental accounting. Monitoring of buildings (experimental). Assessments (computer modeling).