Knowledge and understanding capabilities:
At the end of the course, the student will know the different operational solutions for the energy retrofit oriented reuse of existing buildings and will be able to evaluate them from a theoretical-methodological point of view, depending on the possible starting points.
Through the theoretical analyses and the simple design activities, the student will develop an operational ability to face and solve the many problems of intervening on existing buildings, combining in an interdisciplinary way the aspects of materials, technologies, HVAC systems, aiming at a new composition synthesis finalized to the (quantifiable) reduction of energy consumption.
It is necessary to know the fundamental aspects of restoration, architectural technology, basic thermodynamics and architectural composition.
Course contents summary
The Final Synthesis Laboratory in Building Reuse and Energy Retrofit is composed of several modules, in the fields of Restoration, Architectural Technology, Technical Physics and Architectural Composition.
More specifically, the Laboratory is composed of the following modules:
- Reuse of existing buildings
- Materials and technical solutions
- Buildings’ thermo-physics
All the modules are composed of a theoretical part and of an applied one.
In the second part, the theoretical knowledge acquired is applied to a real building (not necessarily enlisted) to be reused and energy retrofitted. The students will then work in groups, in order to make surveys (in the first part) and acquire all the information useful to define the interventions, later defined in all the material, technological, energetic and composition aspects.
G. Franco, “Riqualificare l'edilizia contemporanea. Valutazione progetto intervento sicurezza”, Franco Angeli Editore, 2003.
More didactic material can be found in the course’s website.
The course is composed of traditional lectures (taught class), also with Powerpoint presentations, and reviews, mainly in the second period.
Assessment methods and criteria
At the end of the laboratory, an oral examination focused on the practical design case examined, will allow to assess the preparation of every single student.
As for all the laboratories, attending the courses is compulsory.