Technology 4 - AR546

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 30 (15) DR G Renganathan




MArch students only



The aim of the module is to promote a comprehensive understanding of sustainability in which cost factors and environmental impact are considered inextricably bound into its definition. The lecture course covers the following areas: architecture from a global perspective, research methodologies, sustainability criteria in construction and environmental design, benchmarking and legislation in technical design, integration of structure, services and passive environmental features, reviewing the performance of technical design solution, the passive house and its technical challenges, technology from socio-cultural and economic, financial and cost control perspectives.


Contact hours


Method of assessment

Case Study (5,000 Words) (100%).

Indicative reading

Alexander, D., Jenkins, H., (1998). Design of naturally ventilated theatre spaces in Building a new century, 5th European Conference – Solar Energy in architecture and urban planning. Bonn: Eurosolar-Verlag.
Cramer, J., & Breitling, S. (2007). Architecture in existing fabric: Planning, design, building. Basel: Birkhauser.
Deplazes, A. (2005). Constructing architecture: Materials, processes, structures: a handbook. Basel: Birkhauser.
Hall, F., & Greeno, R. (2011). Building services handbook: Incorporating current building & construction regulations (6th ed.). Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Herzog, T., Krippner, R., & Lang, W. (2004). Facade construction manual. Basel: Birkhauser.
Kind-Barkauskas, F. (2002). Concrete construction manual. Basel: Birkhauser.
Porteous, C. (2002). The new eco-architecture: alternatives from the modern movement. London: Spon Press.
Schulitz, H. C., Sobek, W., & Habermann, K. J. (2000). Steel construction manual. Basel: Birkhauser.
Short, C.A., Goldrick, A., Sharratt, P., Jones, P., Whittle, G. and Owarish, M., (2006) 'Fire and Smoke control in naturally ventilated Buildings: Building Research & Information', 34 (1), pp. 21-54.

PLEA conference papers 2005-2011, including numerous environmental studies of buildings. Access via:
The Science Direct data base, accessible via the Templeman library’s e-resources, includes various building science and technologies journals. The articles in these journals cover the most recent studies in building technology.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 An understanding of the need to critically review precedents relevant to the function, organisation and technological strategy of design proposals
8.2 An understanding of the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design.
8.3 A knowledge of principles associated with designing optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments.
8.4 A knowledge of systems for environmental comfort realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design.
8.5 Skills to critically examine the financial factors implied in varying building types, constructional systems, and specification choices, and the impact of these on architectural design.
8.6 Skills to understand the cost control mechanisms which operate during the development of a project.
8.7 An ability to evaluate materials processes and techniques that apply to complex architectural designs and building construction, and to integrate these into practicable design proposals.
8.8 A critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to architectural culture, theory and design.
8.9 An ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an architect.
8.10 An ability to apply the principles of evidence based design to the evaluation of environmental design strategies.
8.11 Understanding the challenges of integrating building fabric (materials), services and control regimes into a unified environmental design strategy.
9.1 Research skills and analytical skills in appraising technologies

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