Thermal and Luminous Design
Instructors: Mary Guzowski, Professor, Loren Abraham, Research Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor, and Ian McLellan, Adjunct Instructor, School of Architecture
Critics: Varies by semester; Spring 2011: Renee Cheng, Professor and Head; Bob Ganser, Adjunct Instructor; Nat Madson, Adjunct Instructor, AND Jeff Mandyck, Adjunct Instructor
Course Format: 7-week studio/lecture hybrid, 6 credits
Students are asked to consider how architectural design can respond to the growing ecological challenges of global warming and climate change. While there are many issues related to carbon neutral and zero energy design, this course investigation focuses on the roles of daylighting, thermal, and bioclimatic considerations to meaningfully inform architectural design while also reducing fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The challenge to students is to explore related issues through the development of a design proposal for a zero-energy addition to “old Rapson Hall” for a new “Minnesota Zero-Energy Design Lab” (mnZED Lab) for the College of Design. The design project enables students to gain firsthand experience of the phenomena of thermal and luminous designs and their ecological design opportunities. Direct application of concepts, strategies, and principles as well as qualitative and quantitative assessment, and testing are considered
An integrated approach to the course topics are explored from a variety of perspectives to address the following course objectives:
- Promoting Ecological and Holistic Systems Thinking: To provide students with daylighting and thermal design processes and integrated tools that enable them to evaluate, assess, and apply a holistic approach to zero-energy carbon-neutral design.
- Exploring Formal, Aesthetic and Experiential Design Opportunities: To introduce students to the formal, aesthetic, and experiential opportunities of an ecological approach to daylighting, thermal, and systems integration in design.
- Integrating Appropriate Design and Technology Applications: To learn to employ design and technology appropriately to achieve optimal ecological effectiveness.
- Developing Methods of Design and Performance Assessment and Testing: To introduce and apply qualitative and quantitative methods and design tools for ecological assessment and performance analysis.
This course introduces the ecological design concepts and principles of daylighting, thermal, energy, and systems integration. It provides students with an understanding of the primary architectural and technological implications of lighting and thermal to inform design and ecological thinking and to support sustainable design decision-making.
The course includes three design projects, which enable students to assess and apply concepts, strategies, and assessment methods through direct application to design. Students work in a team; however, there are both individual and team responsibilities and grades. Topics for the three projects include the following:
- Project One: Daylighting Design
- Phase 1: Site and Bioclimatic Design
- Phase 2: Daylighting Program and Quantitative Assessment
- Project Two: Thermal Design
- Phase 1: Baseline Analysis and Passive Studies
- Phase 2: Envelope Optimization and Thermal Analysis
- Project Three: Integrated Design
- Phase 1: Room & Envelope
- Phase 2: Systems Integration
Thermal and Luminous Design Syllabus
Thermal and Luminous Design Program Brief
Proj 1.1: Bioclimate Design
Proj 1.2: Daylighting Design
Proj 2.1: Thermal 1.0
Proj 2.2: Thermal 2.0
Proj 3.1: Room & Envelope Design
Proj 3.2: Integrated Design
AIA Course Profile (Carbon Neutral Design Project Publication)
PLEA Paper (Passive Low Energy Architecture Conference Publication)