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Learning Design + Energy Through the Whole Building Approach: Using Energy Scheming Simulation in Lecture Courses
Technology in Transition, Proceedings of the 1999 International Science and Technology Conference, Jun 25-27 (1999)
  • Mark DeKay, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract
This paper outlines an approach to learning architectural designing with energy in the context of lecture courses on environmental controls and similar topics. The approach investigated helps students to learn about energy while learning to design buildings. Designed for incorporation into existing lecture courses, a set of linked, weekly exercises teach energy simulation within the context of the richness that can only be engaged in the fullness of whole building design. 

Accessible computer simulation methods are constructed as an access point into beginning perceptions of complexity, as a characteristic of living systems in which form is always linked to process. In the exercises, a schematic design developed in a design studio class, or a case study building, is evaluated for its performance using Energy Scheming. Using feedback about the building's patterns of energy use, students then re-design the building, alternating between proposing new solutions and testing them, until the design meets performance targets set by the student. A method for comparing the performance of the student's design to that of a building specified by energy codes is also offered. Designed for instructors that wish to allow students to work with the building and site of their choice, a web database of climate information is available, along with the exercises and a fully worked example project.
Keywords
  • energy,
  • energy-efficient design,
  • architecture,
  • architectural education,
  • architectural pedagogy,
  • simulation,
  • sustainable design,
  • climatic design,
  • passive solar
Publication Date
June, 1999
Citation Information
Mark DeKay. "Learning Design + Energy Through the Whole Building Approach: Using Energy Scheming Simulation in Lecture Courses" Technology in Transition, Proceedings of the 1999 International Science and Technology Conference, Jun 25-27 (1999)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mark_dekay/9/