Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. ABAN15 overlaps following cours/es: ABA002. Optional for: A4, MSUD1. Course coordinator: Assosiate senior lecturer Catharina Sternudd and,, and postdoctoral fellow Erik Johansson,, Housing Development and Management. Prerequisites: At least three years approved full time education at university level (or a Bachelor degree) in architecture, urban design, or the equivalent. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Approved project assignments and at least 80% attendance at lectures, seminars, supervised exercises and other scheduled activities. Further information: The course is recommended for the master programme Sustainable Urban Design. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give students the possibility to explore how an adequate design of buildings and groups of buildings can minimize negative impact on the climate. It also aims at supporting students´ learning on how the built environment in different climates is affected by the microclimate, vegetation, orientation etc. Moreover the aim is to highlight the impact of people's attitude and behaviour towards climate and energy issues.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course deals with the relation between the built environment and climate issues on micro and macro level as well as their relation to energy use. Through creative assignments it highlights and develops the potential of renewable energy use such as solar heating, solar electricity and wind power. Using architectural tools the students will also investigate how innovative and creative urban design solutions can contribute to minimized energy use for transport and prevent negative climate impact.

Literature will be available through a digital course library, which will be updated annually, as well as the reference literature below.
BRE: Climate and site development. Part 2: Influence of microclimate. Building Research Establishment 1990. ISBN: 0-85125-429-2
BRE: Climate and site development. Part 3: Improving microclimate through design. Building Research Establishment 1990. ISBN: 0-85125-430-6
BROWN, G.Z., (2001), Mark DeKAY, Sun, Wind and Light : Architectural design stratégies, second edition, John Wiley and Sons Inc, New York.
Emmanuel, M R (2005): An Urban Approach to Climate-Sensitive Design. Spon Press. ISBN: 0-415-33410-1
Gehl, J (2001): Life Between Buildings – Using Public Space. The Danish Architectural Press.
Givoni, B (1998): Climate Considerations in Building and Urban Design. Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN: 0-442-00991-7.
Glaumann, M, Westerberg, U (1988): Klimatplanering Vind. Svensk Byggtjänst, Stockholm. ISBN: 91-7332-371-3
Johansson, E (2006): Urban Design and Outdoor Thermal Comfort in Warm Climates, Studies in Fez and Colombo. Housing Development & Management, Lund University. ISBN: 91-87866-27-7
Lechner N (2001). Heating, cooling, lighting: Design methods for architects. Second Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons inc. 620 pages.
Roaf, S, Crichton, D, Nicol, F (2005). Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change. A 21st century survival guide. Architectural Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0-7506-5911-4.