Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 254 Enviromental Control Studio Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 2 103 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Erna Husukić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Erna Husukic Erna Husukić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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The course introduce theory and application of climate, energy use, and comfort as determinants of architectural form. Emphasis is on solid understanding of the environmental performance characteristics of buildings. In particular, students will be exposed to architectural methods and design strategies of the environmental system in order to understand and recommend appropriate solutions. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of environmental control systems with an emphasis on design that suit the site, climate, building type, and human comfort and provide solutions for energy related problems in buildings.

• Introduce students with integrated design approach
• Provide basic knowledge on aspects of building environment controls related to architectural planning and design
• Develop understanding of the functions and characteristics of environmental control systems
• Provide knowledge of the interaction between passive and active environmental controls in small to medium scale buildings

  1. Architectural form as an environmental control system. CLIMATE as a context.
  2. DESIGN STRATEGIES. Integrated building design. Streets. Open spaces. Buildings.
  3. DESIGN STRATEGIES. Buildings. Zoned organizations. Location. Rooms and courtyards. Size and shape. Walls .Roofs. Floors. Windows.
  4. The Luminous Environment. Fundamentals of LIGHT. Lighting and human failings. Day lighting. Electric lighting.
  5. ACOUSTICS Design. Fundamentals of Sound. Noise isolation and control.
  6. RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES. Low energy techniques for housing. Advanced and ultra-low energy houses
  7. Sustainable design. Solar architecture. PASSIVE SYSTEM. Passive house.
  8. Midterm
  9. EXISTING housing: a challenge and opportunity
  10. HVAC System. VENTILATION. Natural Ventilation. HVAC: VENTILATION
  11. HVAC: HEATING & COOLING SYSTEMS. Indoor Air Quality – IAQ
  12. Energy sources. Water in Architecture. WATER + Waste
  13. Energy code. WIND and air movement
  14. Building design and energy strategies.
  15. Preparation for Final Exam. Course evaluation + review.


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)20
    Lab/Practical Exam(s)25
    Class Deliverables25
    Final Exam130
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Demonstate an understanding of the environmental issues impact design process, from initial site explorations to final construct detail
    • Become aware of the wider sphere related to usage of the environmental control systems as architectural form determinants
    • Developed a selection criteria for choosing an appropriate environmental control systems early in the design process
    • Demonstarte an understanding of the implications of architectural design decisions on resource consumption
    • G.Z.Brown and Mark DeKay, Sun, Wind and Light, Architectural Design Strategies, 2001

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)12224
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11010
    Preparation for Final Examination12020
    Assignment / Homework/ Project11515
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 103
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4