Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme - LCASP
Low Carbon Design Project
The LCD project is designed upon the theme of low carbon design and sustainability. The project is developed in 4 episodes; each episode has a different but complementing theme to the overall aims and objectives of the LCD project based on the themes of the Architectural Science Masters programmes offered at WSA:
- Episode 1: Environmental Design in Buildings
- Successful environmental design must start with an understanding of the ambient environment, of how it arises, of its short and long term variation, of its impact on comfort, and of how it can be harnessed and moderated. Passive design approach acknowledges that the form and fabric of a building have an effect on the environment experienced inside a building. This approach aims to improve the internal environment of a building, making it acceptable for as long a period in the year as possible.
- Episode 2: Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design
- Principal concepts and values of environmental, social and economic sustainability should be acknowledged to underpin sustainable building design. Sustainable building design aims to create resource-efficient buildings that are comfortable and healthy places to live and work. Materials, water and energy are used for the construction and the running of buildings and the use of resources can be associated with environmental and social impacts. Sustainable design ensures the impacts associated with resources are kept to a minimum while also considering issues of light, temperature, indoor air quality and psychological aspects of buildings that affect health and well-being.
- Episode 3: Building Energy and Environmental Performance in Modelling
- The use of simulation and analysis software has become increasingly common at all stages of the building design process. One important reason for this is a continual tightening of legislation governing building performance - a result of the obligations of many governments across the globe. This approach investigates the fabric performance of a building, proposing improvements or alternative modifications in the building envelope to optimise its performance aiming to propose and evaluate day lighting, heating and cooling strategies appropriate to a building's specific site, climate and context.
- Episode 4: Sustainable Mega-Buildings
- The main features of the sustainable mega-building, being the architectural form, fabric and building systems, function in a very different way than a small-scaled building. The differences are related to a number of issues such as maximising net-to-gross area ratios, the way the structure responds to wind loads, how the internal spaces are environmentally controlled, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and the way the building interacts with the immediate environment, amongst other significant issues.