159.508 PE Design of specialised topics | S | 3SWS | 4ECTS | Bachelor
Glass is a symbolic building material of modern architecture. The high proportion of glass in office buildings expresses the striving for a dematerialisation of architecture. In the wake of modernism, the model of a fully air-conditioned interior hermetically separated from the exterior by the facade is developing. The proportion of glass plays a key role in the energy balance of a building. Glazing has a higher heat transfer coefficient in relation to the wall and allows solar radiation into the building, thus bringing with it the risk of overheating in summer.
Following the motto "form follows energy", we focus on the energy optimization of buildings in the early planning phase. It is the elementary design decisions that are the focus of this exercise: The location, orientation, form, zoning, and organization of buildings. For it is here that planners* have the greatest opportunity to influence the ecological footprint. Interplay of the triad of minimized energy consumption, optimal indoor climate, and architectural quality or aesthetics with the goal of developing highly energy efficient buildings based on form and construction. Communicating the understanding that this challenge leads to novel architectural qualities - and need not be seen as limiting design freedom.
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