MEBS6020 Sustainable Building Design
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    Level: MSc(Eng)
    Contact Hours: 2.5 hours per week (One Semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    Calendar Entry: Sustainable building concepts; energy and environmental design; green building assessment methods; sustainable masterplanning; analysis methods for sustainable building projects; practical examples.
    Assessment Methods: Examination (80%), Continuous Assessment (20%)
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    Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Sam C. M. Hui (

    Educational Objectives:

    • To introduce the key concepts and important issues of sustainable buildings.
    • To develop practical skills for planning and designing sustainable building projects.
    Learning outcomes:

    After completing the course, students will be able to:

    • Describe and apply the key concepts and design strategies to develop sustainable buildings.
    • Understand the important issues and major considerations for planning and assessing sustainable buildings.
    • Develop practical knowledge and information to study and implement sustainable building projects.
    • Appleby, P., 2011. Integrated Sustainable Design of Buildings, Earthscan, London and Washington, DC. [720.47 A648 i61]
    • ASHRAE, 2011. ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011: Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta, GA. [ASHRAE Catalog: 697 A82 T4] [Preview of 2009 version]
    • ASHRAE, 2010. ASHRAE Greenguide: the Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buildings, 3rd ed., Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, Amsterdam and Boston. [720.47 A82 A][ebook via Knovel]
    • ASHRAE, 2006. ASHRAE Greenguide: the Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buildings, 2nd ed., Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, Amsterdam and Boston. [720.47 A82 A] [From ScienceDirect]
    • Bansal, N. K. and Cook, J., 2001. Sustainability Through Building, Omega Scientific Publishers, New Delhi. [720.472 S96]
    • BSRIA, 1999. Environmental Code of Practice for Buildings and Their Services, 2nd ed., Building Services Research and Information Association, Bracknell, Berkshire. [LB 692 H1]
    • CBSC, 2009. California Green Building Standards Code, California Building Standards Commission (CBSC), Sacramento, CA. [PDF]
    • CIBSE, 2007. Sustainability, CIBSE Guide L, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, London. [720.47 C52 s9]
    • CIBSE, 2012. Energy Efficiency in Buildings, CIBSE Guide F, 3rd ed., Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, London. [LB 696 E56 C4g]
    • CIBSE, 1998. Building Energy and Environmental Modelling: CIBSE Applications Manual AM11: 1998, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, London. [720.4720113 B9]
    • City of New York, 1999. High Performance Building Guidelines, City of New York Department of Design and Construction, New York, 1999. [720.47 H63][PDF]
    • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1999. Guidelines for Creating High-Performance Green Buildings, Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. [720.4709748 G7][download]
    • European Commission, Directorate General XVII for Energy, 1999. A Green Vitruvius: Principles and Practice of Sustainable Architectural Design, James & James, London. [720.47 G79 E]
    • Hasegawa, T., 2003. Environmentally Sustainable Buildings: Challenges and Policies, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris. [720.47 H3] (ebook)
    • Keeler, M. and Burke, B., 2009. Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J. [720.47 K26]
    • Kibert, C. J., 2008. Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery, 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J. [720.47 K4]
    • Langston, G. A. and Ding, G. K.C. (eds.), 2001. Sustainable Practices in the Built Environment, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. [628 S96 L]
    • Mendler, S., Odell, W. and Lazarus, M. A., 2006. The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, New York. [720.47 M53]
    • NPS, 1993. Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design, National Park Services (NPS), Denver Service Center, Denver, Colorado. [333.720973 G9][website]
    • PTI, 1996. Sustainable Building Technical Manual: Green Building Design, Construction and Operations, Public Technology, Inc. (PTI), Washington, D.C. [721.0467 S964][PDF]
    • RAIA, 2001+. BDP Environment Design Guide [CD-ROM and online], Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Red Hill, A.C.T., Australia. [AVS 720.47 E61 R8][website] (access online)
    • Roaf, S., Horsley, A. and Gupta, R., 2004. Closing the Loop: Benchmarks for Sustainable Buildings, RIBA Enterprises, London. [720.47 R6]
    • Salat, S. (ed.), 2006. The Sustainable Design Handbook: China: High Environmental Quality Cities and Buildings, CSTB, Cedex, France. [720.470951 S96]
    • Tam, A., 2006. Sustainable Building in Hong Kong: the Past, Present and Future, Insitu Pub. Ltd., Hong Kong. [720.47 T15]
    • Williamson, T. J., Radford, A. and Bennetts, H., 2003. Understanding Sustainable Architecture, Spon Press, London & New York. [720.47 W73](ebook)
    • Yudelson, J., 2009. Green Building Through Integrated Design, McGraw-Hill, New York. [721.0467 Y947 g79]
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