Core Module Information
Module title: Building Energy Performance

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV11153
Module leader: Masoud Sajjadian
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying


Description of module content:

Building Thermal Performance:
Building Heat loss
Detailing for Energy Efficient Construction
Sustainable Design Strategies:
Software Tools for designing Energy Efficient Buildings
SAP/SBEM compliance and Energy Performance Certification
Modelling Sustainable Construction
Low and Zero Carbon Technologies (LZCT):
Renewable Energy Technologies
Integration of LZCT in Buildings
Zero Carbon Buildings
Testing Building Performance
Airtightness Testing

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically appraise the principles of thermally sustainable construction.
LO2: Discuss the underlying principals faced by designers of zero carbon construction
LO3: Assess the key issues to be addressed when developing a building or site
LO4: Evaluate sustainable design solutions in respect of building performance
LO5: Assess building thermal performance

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Masoud Sajjadian
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The aim is to advance the learner’s knowledge, comprehension and problem solving abilities using a combination of lectures and tutorials. Use is made of practitioners from outside agencies, together with research and consultancy input, to ensure that the learning experience is based on current real-life Design issues

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills;
Leading construction sector professions have identified energy performance and sustainability as a key challenge for the industry. A number have introduced a need for building performance to be tested out in their assessments of professional competence.

Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures provide the stimulation and knowledge of the key factors that must be considered when developing an environmentally sustainable design solution (LOs:1-5). Case studies will be used to illustrate these issues in real design situations (LOs:3-5).

Research/teaching linkages:
A substantial amount of research material generated by the Building Performance Centre, Centre for Timber Engineering and the Scottish Energy Centre is embedded in the teaching material of this module.

Formative Assessment:
The provision of formative feedback is a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities are built into each tutorial where you will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon module themes via a series of different learning tasks. These provide opportunities for the module tutor to help with your understanding and interpretation of module topics. This formative feedback is delivered in class time in response to student contributions both individually and collectively. Formative feedback arises via the discussion and analysis of tutorial questions, practical examples/cases and associated reflection on a range of learning tasks. These informal formative assessments conducted during the learning process provides opportunities to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment. CW 1 and CW2 address formative learning and assimilate the summative elements of the learning outcomes.

Summative Assessment:
The module is assessed by two courseworks. Coursework 1 is used to develop research and evaluation techniques on building technology with regards to energy efficiency and sustainability of a building. It addresses formative learning and assimilates the summative elements of LO1- 4. Coursework 2 addresses formative learning and assimilates the summative elements of LO 1-5 in a practical client focussed project in relation to energy performance detailing and Building Regulations which is based on real life sustainable design problems. This assessment scheme is used to develop research and evaluation techniques and to provide formative feedback. The module will also be available on a Virtual Learning Environment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1-3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Report 50 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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