Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Energetic efficiency of the built environments
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Territorial, Urban, Environmental And Landscape Planning - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Mutani Guglielmina ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-IND/11 48 12 0 0 10
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/11 6 C - Affini o integrative Attività formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
The course analyses different aspects of sustainable design with particular attention on climate, shape and type of buildings, energy saving solutions and the design of outdoor spaces.
The course supplies a methodology for a preliminary environmental analysis and the major renewable technologies with some references to the building scale useful to understand phenomena.
The aim of the course consists in technical knowledge and evaluation instruments about energetic, acoustical and lighting aspects of the territory connected with sustainable use of the resources.
The course includes:
- theory lessons,
- applied lessons with external speakers (Regione Piemonte, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Comune di Torino, ...) and
- exercises.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of energetic, acoustical and lighting phenomena.
- Ability to evaluate the interaction between the environment and built areas.
- Ability to analyse the characteristics of infrastructural planning on urban and territorial scale, by evaluating the most important effects on the environment.
The exercise deals with a site analysis at micro-urban and building scale. It aims at evaluating energy saving solutions using removable energies, starting from the analysis of the local climate data and acoustic and luminous comfort.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic knowledge mathematics and physics
The course covers the following topics:
- Quantities characterizing the outdoor climate (solar radiation, air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed)
- The climate and green as design elements to mitigate the microclimate in urban areas
- Fundamentals of Energy: forms of energy, the technologies for the production of energy, primary and secondary energy sources, renewable energy sources
- Fundamentals and applications of bioclimatic approach to micro-urban scale
- Methods for evaluating eco-design-level micro-urban
- Fundamentals of acoustics, noise and its propagation in outdoor environment
- Noise pollution in relation to urban settlements, control techniques and Acoustic Zoning Plan
- Fundamentals of illumination and the Lighting Municipal Plan
Delivery modes
The hours of teaching can be divided into hours of theoretical lectures, application and practical lessons. Practical lessons consist in the development of the analysis of the site relative to an urban area where students analyze climatic, acoustic, lighting, energy factors with a global assessment of the environmental impact. It is required the preparation of a report on the topics covered during the course.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
In addition to the materials provided in class, it is recommended for further consultation:
- "Smile Energy" di Norbert Lantschner, Edition Raetia, Bolzano 2014 (ISBN 978-88-7283-513-5)
-"Design with climate: bioclimatic approach to architectural regionalism", V. Olgyay, Ed. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992
-"Energetica generale", G. Comini, G. Cortella, SGEditoriali, Padova, 2001
-"Gestione delle risorse energetiche nel territorio", G. Chiesa, G. Dall’Ò, Ed. Masson, 1997
-"Il futuro dell' energia", M. Silvestri, Ed. Bollati Boringhieri, 1989
-"Il raffrescamento passivo degli edifici", M. Grosso, Ed. Maggioli, 2008
- "Introduzione alla progettazione sostenibile", S. V. Szokolay, Ulrico Hoepli Editore S.p.A., Milano, 2006
-"LCA : Life Cycle Assessment", Gian Luca Baldo, Ipaservizi ed., 2000
-"Schede di Illuminazione, Acustica e Climatizzazione nell’Edilizia", Ed. Politeko, corso Einaudi 55, Torino (0115694788).
- "L’architettura sostenibile Gauzin-Muller", D., Edizioni Ambiente, Varese, 2003
- "Sustainability and cities: overcorcoming automobile dependence", Newman P., Kenworthy J., Island Press, California 1999
- "Spazi verdi urbani", Scudo G., Ochoa de la Torre J. M., Sistemi Editoriali SE, Simone, Napoli, 2003.
Assessment and grading criteria
The examination consists in a written theory test and an optional oral discussion on the exercises reports prepared during the course. The written test will be with about 20-30 questions with multiple answers for a duration of 40-45 minutes. For the oral exam, the vote of 18/30 of the written assignment is required. The oral examination aims to evaluate the knowledge of all the subjects discussed in the course and the mastery of the technical language. In particular, the oral examination will be carried out with at least three questions on the main topics: energy, acoustics and lighting.

The final evaluation depends on the mode of examination chosen by the student:
A. Written + Oral exam at the first session of examinations: the discussion of exercises is done starting from the grade of the written test in 18-30 and averaging with the vote of the oral; final grade will be added to points earned with exercises (0-5) .
B. Written + Oral in all other sessions of examinations: the discussion of the exercises is done starting from the grade of the written test in 18-30 and averaging with the vote of the oral.
C. Only written test in the first session of examinations: the written test vote is scaled from 18-30 to 18-24 and such a vote are added to points earned with exercises (0-5).
D. Only written test in all other sessions of examinations: the written test vote is scaled from 18-30 to 18-24.

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