Curricular Unit:Code:
Buildings Environmental Quality Management997GQAE
2UndergraduateQuality, Environment and Safety Management6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
This UC aims to explain the conditions that contribute to a good quality of the indoor environment.
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.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Identify indoor air quality
• Know how to mitigate the main problems associated with indoor air quality
• Know the applicable legislation
• Know the basic parameters associated with indoor acoustics
• Know the applicable legislation
• Know the Thermal Conditions of the Environment for Human Occupation
• Understand the hygrothermal behavior of buildings
• Know the applicable regulations.
Chapter 1 - Indoor Air Quality
1.1. Introduction
1.2. Indoor air pollutants and emission sources
1.3. Effects on Health
1.4. Indoor air quality management
1.5. Legislation applicable
Chapter 2 - Acoustic Comfort
2.1. Sound and Noise: Definition and Differentiation
2.2. Basic Acoustic Parameters
2.3. Aerial Noise in Indoor Acoustics
2.4. Percussion Noise in Indoor Acoustics
2.5. Legislation, Standards and Regulations
Chapter 3 - Hygrothermal Comfort
3.1. Thermal Conditions of the Environment for Human Occupation
3.2.Characteristic Characterization
3.3.Performance of Buildings in Permanent Regime
3.4.Materials of Insulation
3.5. Applicable Regulation
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The program contents cover the planned objectives, being organized in units that cover the main aspects of the Environmental Quality Management of Buildings. Being a curricular unit of integrated management of indoor spaces, the contents cover the three main areas associated with human comfort in this type of spaces. Each chapter deals with one of the aspects, always taking care to close each chapter with the applicable regulations.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
In this curricular unit, a descriptive and descriptive methodology is used in the theoretical-practical classes, complemented with a real thematic work, in which the student is invited to make a critical analysis of a public area (a coffee, for example) in the environmental aspects treated in the lectures. Thematic work is developed in groups of two or three students, and the work is presented and defended before the class at the end of the semester.
The evaluation method comprises two components:
The evaluation of the theoretical-practical component includes:
• Two written individual assessment tests;
• Student performance, including attendance and active participation in class.
The evaluation of the practical application component of knowledge includes:
• The delivery of a written technical report on the proposed work at the end of the semester;
• The presentation and final defense of the thematic work before the class and the teacher.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The learning objectives are centered in the understanding of the elements that force environmental quality in buildings. The development of thematic work allows students to complement the necessary skills through the practical application of the knowledge taught in the expository component of the Curricular Unit.
1. Building Acoustics Legislation:
- Decree Law 96/2008, of 9 of June - Regulation of the Acoustic Requirements of the Buildings
- Decree Law 9/2007, of 17 January - RGR with the Declaration of Rectification 18/2007, of 16 March and amendments contained in Decree-Law 278/2007, of 1 August.
2. Legislation - Buildings Thermal:
- Decree Law 118/2013 of 20 August and its amendments;
- Law 58/2013 of 20 August
3. Patrício, Jorge (2018); Acoustics in buildings; 7th edition, Engebook; Portugal.
4. WHO publications:
- WHO handbook on indoor radon: a public health perspective. 2009.
- WHO guidelines for IAQ: selected pollutants. 2010.
- WHO guidelines for IAQ: dampness and mold. 2009.