MATERIALS AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims at merging the technological skills acquired so far during students’ academic path, and aims at improving this knowledge throughout lessons, lectures and workshops regard some specific topics (1st descriptor).
The course also aims at providing students a technological awareness, also by testing the effective individual capability to use the theoretic knowledge into a practical design project. (2nd and 3rd descriptor).
The final exam will be useful to test the global learning and each student’s technological skills (4th descriptor).
Furthermore a cross-goal is to provide an operative methodology to be applied during the design stage and the constructive and building phases, considering different executive procedures, standards and regulatory criteria, as well as environmental and ecological issues.
Course contents summary
The class is focus on several topics: the innovative technologies, prefabrication oriented and industrial oriented production, as well as it is based the concept of design and production culture, according the so-called "traditional improved technologies."
The main topics are about the dimensional culture of innovation technologies – product innovation, system innovation and process evolution – subjects derived from different fields, as the performance implementation or any kind of implementations to respond any regulatory compliance – considering the distinctive technological improvements that each building technologies experience during times to address new functional, formal and market requirements.
Furthermore, the course will also focus on new performance requirements, useful to improve the indoor comfort conditions to address the energy-saving needs, with attention to the newest eco-friendly building components and materials, including technological devices for bioclimatic architecture- and it will pay attention to several technical solutions, with different innovation levels.
Moreover some lesson will be focused on the main certification systems, environmental and energetic certifications as well as on building product declaration and Life Cycle Assessment procedures. The course will be held trough lectures and workshops, aiming at presenting the newest building materials, and building technologies, that can be found worldwide and in Italy, considering the most modern and experimental ones and reflecting on the traditional best practice technologies that are currently undergo several innovation processes. Thanks to a monographic approach all these topics will be studied, try to merge both the academic view and the industrial one.
The course aims at giving the most complete overview on building materials and building technologies. Specific focuses will be dedicated to the study of building envelope and to its specific components, paying attention to the most innovative solutions and high efficiency technologies.
Lectures will cover a large variety of topics, including:
• D.R.T. - Dry Stratified Technology
• P.C.T. - Prefabricated Construction Technology
• High efficiency and energy saving Technologies
• New building materials
• Quantitative and qualitative assessment of environmental performances – thermal, acoustical and lighting ones
• Environmental certifications and labels: BREEAM, LEED and Itaca
• Indoor Environmental Performance and indoor comfort appraisal.
Butera F. M., Dalla caverna alla casa ecologica: storia del comfort e dell’ energia, Edizione ambiente, Milano, 2007
Lavagna M., Sostenibilità e risparmio energetico. Soluzioni tecniche per involucri eco-efficienti, Clup, Milano, 2005
Sinopoli N., Alla ricerca dell’innovazione, Franco Angeli, Milano 2002
Sinopoli N., La tecnologia invisibile, Franco Angeli, Milano, 1997 (in biblioteca politecnica)
Teaching methods will includes lectures, seminars, workshops, also held by some non-academic partners, practitioners and industrial entrepreneurs, to show the strong link between the design phase and the technological and constructive needs.
Assessment methods and criteria
During the final written test each student will be evaluated on the main course subjects and topics. Everyone will be asked with some descriptive questions about the course program in order to evaluate a proper learning level.