Seminar Climate Responsive Design

  climate responsive analysis


Energy conservation is one of the main drivers in recent design concepts especially in countries where energy is cost-intensive. Furthermore, using nonrenewable energy resources has caused numerous environmental problems such as ozone layer depletion and global warming. Consequently, there is a shift towards use of renewable energy sources in buildings. Benefiting from renewable energies is often realized in form of building configuration and passive systems. These systems as well as the form and configuration of the building are especially efficient when being implemented in the early design stages. As a result, this course seeks to familiarize students with basic energy criteria for designing buildings according to different climate zones.

Design Task

In this course, the students will learn basic concepts on climate, energy transfer, building envelope, HVAC systems, and user behavior. In the next step, they are going to learn how to exploit the climatic potentials of a region and avoid the undesirable conditions with design techniques. Finally, the participants will be able to design a whole building according to a specific climate condition. Students should bring an already designed project from their previous courses in order to implement passive energy measures into their design. At the end of the course, students should deliver the revised model of their design according to climatic improvisations.


Tue (2nd June): 13:00-17:00

Wed (3rd June): 13:00-17:00

Thu (4th June): 09:00-17:00

Fri (5th June): 09:00-17:00

Final presentation day: 29th June, 13:00-17:00