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Self-learning Modules
Hybrid lighting, sustainability and wellbeing

The module focuses on hybrid lighting, sustainability and wellbeing. It explores the evolution of lighting systems and the impact of hybrid systems on the built environment and energy costs in multiple sectors from healthcare through to education.

Natural cooling and ventilation for improved building sustainability and healthier occupants

The module explores the use of phase-change materials in ventilation systems to reduce a building’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.

While traditional air conditioning systems are likely to offer more accurate temperature (and humidity) control, PCM-based natural cooling and ventilation can be beneficial through reducing energy consumption while supplying ventilation air for a building.

Hybrid ventilation for schools

Hybrid ventilation can support the requirement to build schools and classrooms in a more modular or standardised approach. It is suitable for schools that are looking for a cost-effective ventilation solution that fulfils building regulation requirements. This is provided in a way that is sustainable and good for the environment whilst supporting learners with a fresh environment.

Predicting and delivering good building IAQ using natural ventilation

This module explores how natural ventilation can be used to maintain indoor air quality, and its application for school buildings.  Building performance is a necessary function for planning and sustainability, however whilst Facility Managers may be well versed in how to control the environment in the building, building users may have conflicting requirements and systems may not always perform as intended.

Determining thermal comfort in naturally conditioned buildings

Considers newer methods of assessing the comfort of occupants in naturally conditioned buildings, and explores how this relates to the current standards for evaluating thermal comfort.  The article was developed from a paper by Professor Sue Roaf, director at Low Carbon Cities Initiative.

Assessing co-heating tests – a tool to reduce the building performance gap

This module looks at a project designed to assess the practical reliability of the current application of co-heating tests to evaluate a building’s heat-transfer coefficient.

Operating and enhancing PCM-cooled ventilation systems in office applications

This module looks how the PCM-air heat exchanger could typically work in office applications and how future designs can be improved using computational fluid dynamics.

BB101 Guidelines - Update and Implications for Classroom Design

This module explores some of the main influences and requirements for the updated BB101 guidance for indoor environmental quality and standards in schools.

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