ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE course offers basic knowledge of factors in environmental friendly
design aspects. It consists of four topics; thermal comfort, ventilation, lighting and acoustic. The
course provides general idea of thermal factors, air ventilation principles, combine-usage of natural
and artificial lighting and the acoustic consideration into the design process in built environment.
The students will be exposed to those topics for the understanding of design concern in certain type
of climate and conditions.
Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to:
1. Apply environmental design principles to building design in tropical climate (C3,PLO1)
2. Analyze data of environmental performance for selected building (C4,PLO4)
3. Promote environmental awareness on sustainable building design (A3,PLO5)
1.0 THERMAL COMFORT 1.1 Know the function and influence of natural ventilation in building design by considering thermal comfort factors.
1.1.1 Identify Thermal quantity.
1.1.2 Describe specification of building thermal in the hot and humid climate.
1.1.3 Define thermal comfort index, building thermodynamic, heat absorption and natural ventilation
1.2 Understand the factors of heat transfer to the building.
1.2.1 Describe Conduction as a factor of heat transfer.
1.2.2 Describe Convection as a factor of heat transfer.
1.2.3 Describe Radiation as a factor of heat transfer.
1.3 Apply thermal comfort factors that influence the sustainable building design.
1.3.1 Interpret thermal comfort index, building thermodynamic, heat absorption and natural ventilation system related to the sustainable building design.
1.4 Analyze thermal comfort factors that influence the sustainable building design.
1.4.1 Relate thermal comfort factors in the context of: a. User b. Environment and climate c. Building design
1.4.2 Determine the psychological effects of thermal comfort by using portable thermal comfort meter.
2.1 Understand the characteristic of regional climate.
2.1.1 Describe sun orientation factors.
2.1.2 Describe wind direction factors.
2.1.3 Describe topography factors.
2.2 Apply the function of natural ventilation.
2.2.1 Identify the significance of natural ventilation.
2.2.2 Illustrate the effect of natural ventilation on building cooling system.
2.3 Analyze natural ventilation (passive) to building design
2.3.1 Determine passive design strategies to acquire effective natural ventilation.
2.3.2 Determine the air movement of natural ventilation by using portable digital anemometer.
3.0 LIGHTING 3.1 Know basic concepts of lighting.
3.1.1 Define lighting 3.1.2 Explain unit used for lighting
3.1.3 Describe the types of artificial lighting: a. direct b. indirect c. general d. luminous
3.2 Understand basic concepts of lighting.
3.2.1 Discuss the effects of lighting in a building.
3.2.2 Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of natural and artificial lighting in a building.
3.3 Apply basic concepts of lighting
3.3.1 Interpret basic concept of lighting in a building
3.4 Analyze the function of lighting 3.4.1 Determine the value of lighting intensity.
3.4.2 Determine the illumination of lighting space by using portable light meter.
4.1 Know basic concept of sound.
4.1.1 Define sound.
4.1.2 Define occurrence of sound.
4.2 Understand basic concept of sound.
4.2.1 Discuss characteristic of sound.
4.2.2 Discuss reaction of sound in: a. transmission b. reflection c. absorption
4.2.3 Explain the definition and methods of sound insulation.
4.3 Apply an acoustic in a building
4.3.1 Explain the concept of acoustic
4.3.2 Explain acoustic comfort requirement
4.3.3 Discuss the factors that affect acoustic comfort
4.3.4 Explain the acoustic comfort index
4.3.5 Discuss the importance of acoustic in opera house and auditorium design
4.3.6 Interpret basic concept of acoustic in a building
4.4 Analyze an acoustic in building design.
4.4.1 Determine the effect of sound in space by using portable building acoustic equipment.