Curricular Unit:Code:
Environmental Quality of Buildings145QAE
5MasterArchitecture and Urbanism4 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English52
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
This UC aims to provide technical and legal expertise for the application of technologies and procedures in the comfort of buildings.
The additional transversal skills that will be worked on will be:
• Autonomous and team work;
• Capacity of Organization and Planning;
• Ability to make decisions;
• Self-learning ability;
• Ability to apply knowledge;
• Ability to adapt to new situations;
• Oral and written communication skills.
In the end, the student should have competences at the level of:
• Indoor air quality and ventilation needs;
• Acoustic comfort conditions - aerial sounds and percussion sounds; treatment of rooms for sound hearing;
• Thermal comfort conditions taking advantage of passive technologies as much as possible, thus benefiting the country's economy and environment;
• Integrated management of interior spaces.
1. Indoor air quality: Introduction: pollutant characteristics; factors affecting indoor air quality; heath effects of air pollutants; sources of indoor pollutants; control of indoor pollutants; Indoor air quality regulations.
2. Acoustic comfort in buildings: basic acoustic parameters and concepts; environmental acoustics; sound isolation in building acoustics; architectural acoustics; noise in the community: standards and regulations.
3. Thermal comfort in buildings: human thermal comfort in buildings; energy performance of buildings and bioclimatic architecture; thermal behavior of buildings under permanent regime; energy certification of buildings.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The course contents are consistent with the goals formulated for the course since the topics included in the program covering the main aspects of the study introducing the basic concepts of Environmental Quality of Buildings and the legislation applied to the subject of concern.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The teaching methodologies are mainly expositive, interrogative and demonstrative, both during classes and tutorial orientation sessions. Case-studies are frequently used, in order to allow the interpretation and correct application of theoretical knowledge. Students are encouraged and oriented to perform research essays. Whenever possible, lectures with external guests are promoted.
The evaluation is continuous, through the practical application of knowledge in individual or group assignments, and research essays.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The methodologies of teaching and learning of this course were programmed in order to maximize a global view of the Environmental Quality of Buildings issues by the students as well as the policies and techniques applicable in its resolution. The teaching methodologies are consistent with the objectives of the curricular unit as the expositive methodology combined with the analysis of case studies; works and development of enable a good comprehension of the challenge posed to the future professionals.
Maroni, M., Seifert, B., Lindvall, T. IAQ; A Comprehensive Reference Book. Amsterdam, Elsevier, 1995.
WHO IAQ pub.:
- WHO handbook on indoor radon: a public health perspective. 2009.
- WHO guidelines for IAQ: selected pollutants. 2010.
- WHO guidelines for IAQ: dampness and mould. 2009.
IPQ (2002); NP 1037-1 - Ventilação e evacuação dos produtos de combustão dos locais com aparelhos a gás. Parte 1: Edifícios de habitação. Ventilação natural; Portugal.
Legislação-Acústica de Edifícios:
-DL 96/2008, de 9 de Junho– Regulamento dos Requisitos Acústicos dos Edifícios
-DL 9/2007, de 17 de Janeiro– RGR com a Declaração de Retificação 18/2007, de 16 de Março e alterações constantes do Decreto-lei 278/2007, de 1 de Agosto.
Legislação – Térmica de Edifícios:
-DL 118/2013 de 20 de agosto e respetivas alterações;
-Lei 58/2013, de 20 de Agosto
Patrício, Jorge (2018); Acústica nos edifícios; 7ª edição, Engebook; Portugal.