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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5811M Energy in Buildings

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Professor Cath Noakes

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is not approved as an Elective


The objectives of this module are to educate the students in the principles of building physics, energy use in buildings and technology approaches to design and manage buildings in a sustainable way.

Learning outcomes
An advanced understanding of the environmental physics of buildings, technical approaches and the use of design software to promote an energy efficient design and achieve an integrated low energy building design.


Advanced theory and practice in Building Physics and Building Energy technologies. Syllabus includes heat and mass transfer processes in buildings, Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning Systems, indoor air quality, Energy efficient building design, Transient analysis of thermal performance, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Commissioning, Renewable Energy.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours121.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

10 hours revision, 30 hours reading, 35 hours case study

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Interaction in lecture sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectDynamic Thermal Modelling30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

100% exam

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/01/2016


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