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Low Energy Buildings (Part B)

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    Mon 15th - Sat 20th Jan 2018.
    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 will help students develop a deep understanding of the principles and consequences of energy and mass flows in buildings in terms of the building’s orientation and the local climatic conditions.
Build a sound appreciation of how the energy transfers in buildings may be manually calculated, modeled and simulated in computer modeling suites and how this is vital to optimize the design for energy efficiency.
Further hone a systematic, holistic, multidisciplinary and analytical approach to the critical appraisal of passive and energy efficiency design, heat and moisture flows in new builds and renovations, with respect to the demands of climate change adaptation and the principles of sustainability.

Main topics of study:
• Passive solar design
• Thermal mass in buildings
• Energy and Mass flows in Buildings
• Energy Saving in buildings
• Ventilation and cooling
• Principles of lighting
• Solar Gains
• Daylighting, artificial lighting
• Movement of moisture in building fabric
• Relative humidity, internal moisture control and moisture buffering
• Computer simulation of thermal and hygroscopic building performance
• Low and zero carbon buildings, including Passivhaus
• Refurbishment

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 energy transfers and ventilation, condensation, moisture movements in buildings and passive building services in the context of the design and refurbishment of buildings under an adaptation and sustainability remit
Thinking skills
2. Demonstrate skills in numerical analysis applied to energy and moisture flows in buildings
3. Critically evaluate a building’s design or proposed renovations to a building in terms of effectiveness in providing occupant comfort, energy efficiency, potential for rot and decay, wider environmental impacts and resilience to climate change
4. Apply a critical understanding of the general principles of heat transfers, ventilation, condensation and passive building services in the context of the design of buildings and sustainability;.
5. Evaluate, assess and critique theories and designs in the subject area.
Skills for life and work (general skills)
7.Use IT and computer skills to gather and deploy evidence and data to find, retrieve, sort and exchange new information.

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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