KB7003 - Building Energy and Environmental Modelling

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about powerful new and emerging tools for modelling building energy systems and control. You will develop skills for simulating energy systems of relevance to buildings as well as modelling air flow in and around buildings. You will learn how to build dynamic energy, ventilation and comfort models for multizone buildings.
You will investigate building thermal response including comfort, energy, interzone air movement and future weather modelling of multizone buildings.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered mainly in the computer laboratory supported by a small number of contextual lectures. You will learn through ‘hands-on’ model building workshops in the IT laboratory supported by short informal demonstrations and independent learning. Tutors will guide you through a series of model-building exercises and case studies by demonstrating each example in a series of short, progressive steps such that your confidence will grow as you proceed through each example case. As your skills develop, tutors will gradually withdraw from the demonstrating of modelling procedures to providing individual help as needed.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Individual support will be provided by tutors during model-building workshops in the IT laboratory. This informal guided learning approach will enable tutors to move around the laboratory in order to lend help and advice when needed on a one-to-one basis. Problems raised in the IT laboratory in this way can be shared with the full class. You will be encouraged to use the module’s discussion board at the University’s eLearning Portal to raise questions encountered during periods of tutor-guided independent learning and to make suggestions and observations so that the whole group can benefit.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Select and defend an appropriate method for modelling a given energy system.
MLO2 Appraise the limitations and weaknesses of the method used.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Successfully design, build and use a simulation model describing the dynamic response of an energy system.
MLO4 Critically evaluate the results obtained from a dynamic simulation model of an energy system.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Critique the benefits and limitations of dynamic simulation modelling compared with conventional professional design practice.

How will I be assessed?

The module summative assessment takes the form of a portfolio of coursework weighted at 100% of the module marks. The portfolio will have 2 strands addressing plant simulation and multizone building modelling for comfort, energy and ventilation. The learning outcomes addressed will be the model-building process, a critical analysis of the results obtained and a critical evaluation of the limitations of the method used [MLO 1,2,3,4,5].
Formative assessment will take place during IT laboratory sessions [MLO 3,4,5]. The formative engagement will involve students on an individual basis as they encounter problems. The opportunity for tutors to move around the IT laboratory will be helpful here. Formative feedback shall be delivered verbally during these sessions. Formative feedback on coursework portfolio submissions will be provided to the whole class after submission of each portfolio element.
The coursework portfolio will consist of 2 reports (with graphics and tabulations) each to be submitted electronically. Individual electronic feedback on each report will be provided to each student.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Simulation modelling has been identified by architectural engineering design practitioners as a key growth skill for the future. This module seeks to address this by offering a balanced study of simulation modelling methods for plant simulation and multizone building modelling to investigate comfort, energy and ventilation air movement. The module will be entirely delivered in the IT laboratory in order to enrich the development of ‘hands-on’ modelling skills by students whilst also offering efficient demonstration and one-to-one help and guidance support tutors. Assessment will be by means of a portfolio of practical model-building case studies with an emphasis placed on critical analyses of results obtained as well as on the limitations of the methods used.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 12 months full-time
2 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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