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Low Energy Buildings (Part A)

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    Mon 9th - Sat 14th October 2017.
    Course starts at 6pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £700, Low Waged/Concessions £625.

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Course details

For this course you will be joining a module of CAT's new Sustainability and Adaptation MSc course.
This course aims to enable students to synthesize an understanding of the conceptual aspects and appreciate the complex nature of the inter relationships that exist between occupant comfort, energy flows in buildings and energy efficient building design.
Apply the above in practice and define how they relate to adaptation and sustainability in the built environment.
Develop a systematic, holistic, multidisciplinary and analytical approach to the critical appraisal of energy efficient design, heat flows, and provision of thermal comfort with respect to the demands of climate change adaptation and the principles of sustainability.

Main topics of study:
• Thermal comfort
• Heat transfers through building fabric, determination of U values
• Thermal mass
• Ventilation
• Impact of moisture on building fabric and occupant health
• Passive Cooling
• Passive approaches to sunlight and solar gain
• Natural lighting
• Solar resource
• Urban heat island effect
• Climate influences on design and future climate change considerations for this
• Quantification of building performance
Learning Outcomes for the module
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
Knowledge
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles of occupant comfort in the context of energy efficient design of the built environment under an adaptation and sustainability remit;
2. Illustrate a critical understanding of the general principles of heat transfers and ventilation in buildings in the context of the design of buildings under an adaptation and sustainability remit;
Thinking skills 3. Demonstrate skills in numerical analysis applied to energy flows in buildings;
Subject-based practical skills
4. Critically evaluate a building’s design in terms of effectiveness in providing for occupant comfort, energy efficiency, wider environmental impacts, and resilience to climate change;
Skills for life and work (general skills)
5. Effectively communicate (written) to a wider audience.

Things you need to know:-

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

You must be over the age of 18 years on the day this course starts.


To reserve a place on one of our courses, choose one of the following options:

• Online: Click on the “Book online” button either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• By telephone: Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 with your credit card details.
• By post: Firstly, call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 to check availability and then post cheque to:

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Centre for Alternative Technology
Machynlleth
Powys
Wales
SY20 9AZ

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Course Fees and Concessions
We offer concessions rates where stated for some courses, concessions apply to unemployed, retired or full-time students.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

Things you need to know


Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

Course Fees.

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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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