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ARC 522 Energy Efficiency & Renewables


This course is focused on developing strategies for the design of sustainable buildings with an emphasis on two major areas: energy efficiency and renewable energy integration. The first portion of the course covers the improvement of building efficiency through the development and analysis of Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) using rigorous literature reviews and research.

The second portion of the course explores the integration of renewable energy resources, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydro, into building design. Students will examine the applicability of these resources and technologies and explore how they can be effectively integrated into building design.

Throughout the course, students will apply the knowledge gained to their studio projects, and ultimately, discuss the feasibility of designing Net Zero Energy Buildings (Net ZEBs) and meeting the 2030 challenge. This course provides students with valuable knowledge and skills to create sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.

Course Objectives

After Completion of this Course, the student should be able to:

  • Analyze sites and climates for the design of energy-efficient buildings,
  • Develop Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) and their implementations for their building design,
  • Discuss on how to implement renewable energy resources in their design, and
  • Discuss the design of Net Zero Energy Buildings (Net ZEBs).


Course Tools and Resources

  • Lectures, Presentations, Group Projects and Discussions
  • Climate Consultant