Workshop Computational Environmental and Energy Design program

Computational Environmental and Energy Design - Workshop on the integration of parametric and generative design methodologies with environmental and energy simulations for architecture and planning.

Tallinn University of Technology – Departments of Structural Design and Environmental Engineering

From 04 to 12 July 2016

Target group and organization
The workshop is addressed to students of architecture and civil engineering faculties at master level. The selected students will have full scholarship that will include travel, board and lodging in Tallinn for 10 days (arrival on Sunday 03.07.2016 departure on Wednesday 13.07.2016). The workshop is funded by the NORDPLUS programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) - Higher Education objective (project title: Environmental Computational Design and Planning Workshop - project ID: NPHE-2015/10036).

The use of digital and computational design tools is always more and more important for the activity of design and research for architects and engineers. It permits to integrate environmental and energy aspects from the very early stages of the design and planning process. At the same time it allows to design in shorter time and with less resources more performative and efficient buildings through the integration of parametric and generative technologies with environmental and energy simulation tools giving the possibility to students and professionals to raise the bar of the energy efficiency of their design and planning.

The workshop attendants will broaden their design and technical knowledge with solar design, daylighting and energy efficiency topics and will learn how to integrate environmental analysis and building performance design tools and methodologies into architectural design and planning processes. The expected outcome are:
- Using parametric and generative software the students will learn how to integrate efficiently environmental and energy topics in building design and planning processes.
- The workshop will develop the student’s awareness and skills about integrating solar design, energy analysis and daylight simulations into building design and planning from the early stages of design.
- The students will learn how to use the different software and maximize the opportunity to realize environment friendly and energy efficient building design and planning.

The workshop activities are divided in three:
- Lectures about the theoretical framework at the base of the workshop. The lectures topic will include solar geometries and daylighting, architectural design passive strategies, energy efficiency for new and existing buildings, indoor climate, building façade design. 
- Presentation of the fundamental concepts and theories about solar design, daylighting and energy simulations;
- How-to lessons to integrate solar design, daylighting and energy tools with computational design techniques and methodologies, and application of the tools and methodologies to examples of design and planning projects.

No prerequisites are necessary. It is an advantage a basic proficiency with CAD and BIM software, parametric design tools, environmental analysis and energy performance simulation software. Approximately two months before the workshop will be launched a website with information and tutorials for the participants to get a useful basic knowledge before starting the workshop.

Number of students and qualification criteria
In the workshop there will be 20 students from four different countries. Three from Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania and eleven from Estonia. To request to participate in the workshop the students will have to write an email to Francesco De Luca at with motivation letter and a brief CV with indication of design experience, CAD, BIM and performance analysis software proficiency.
The selection will be done on the base of the following: date of request by email, motivation letter, CV.

Evaluation and credits
At the end of the workshop the students will present the work of study case design developed singularly or in small groups to show the process used to integrate computational methodologies with environmental and energy design tools and the outcomes. The workshop will grant 4 ECTS.

Registration deadline
The deadline for the request of registration is 15.06.2016.

Workshop lecturers
Dr. Francesco De Luca – Researcher Tallinn University of Technology (workshop tutor)
Prof. Hendrik Voll – Head of Chair of Heating and Ventilation Tallinn University of Technology
Dr. Mari-Liis Maripuu Project Manager CIT Energy Management/Chalmers University of Technology
Prof. Anatolijs Borodinecs - Department of Heat and Gas Technology Riga Technical University
Dr. Lina Seduikyte - Vice-Dean for Research Kaunas University of Technology

Computers and software
It is a requisite that the students will come with their own laptops.  Indications about downloading and installing the software (trial version or free) will be provided. The software will be the following: 
- Ecotec Analysis (environmental analysis)
- Rhinoceros (3D modeling)
- Grasshopper (computational design)
- Ladybug and Honeybee (solar, daylight and energy design)
- Radiance and Daysim (daylight simulations)
- EnergyPlus (energy simulations).

Workshop programme

Sunday 03.07 - Students arrival

Monday 04.07 - Day 1 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Workshop presentation
- Lecture - Solar geometries and daylighting – Prof. Hendrik Voll.
- Lecture - Architectural passive strategies and computational design – Dr. Francesco De Luca.
- Workshop - Introduction to computational design, BIM and environmental design.

Tuesday 05.07 - Day 2 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Workshop - Building modeling and environmental analysis using solar tools (sunpath, shadows studies, solar access, right to light) – Software Ecotect Analysis.
- Workshop - 3D modeling for computational design – Software Rhinoceros.
- Workshop - Computational design (parameters and components, math operators, functions) – Software Grasshopper.

Wednesday 06.07 - Day 3 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Workshop - Computational design (domains, vectors, geometries creations and transformations) – Software Grasshopper.
- Workshop - Solar analysis (weather analysis, sunlight hour calculation, solar radiation, solar envelope and solar fan) - Software Ladybug/Grasshopper.

Thursday 07.07 - Day 4 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Workshop - Computational design (data management, conditional statements, data outputs) - Software Grasshopper.
- Workshop - Daylight analysis (sky types, image and grid based simulations, daylight factor, illuminance) – Software Radiance in Honebee/Grasshopper.

Friday 08.07 - Day 5 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Workshop - Computational design (generative design and multi objective optimization) - Software Grasshopper  
- Workshop – Dynamic daylight analysis (daylight autonomy metrics), electric light integration – Software Radiance and Daysim in Honeybee/Grasshopper.
- Workshop - study case.

Saturday 09.07 - Day 6 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Workshop – Energy model construction (zones, geometry settings, constructions and material properties) – Software EnergyPlus in Honeybee/Grasshopper.
- Workshop – Study case.

Sunday 10.07 - Day 7 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Workshop - Energy model set-up and simulations (loads, schedules and set-points, simulations results analysis, photovoltaics integration) – Software EnergyPlus in Honeybee/Grasshopper.
- Workshop: Study case

Monday 11.07 - Day 8 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Lecture: Improving energy efficiency in existing and new buildings – Dr. Mari-Liis Maripuu
- Lecture: Indoor climate for comfort and energy efficiency – Dr. Lina Seduikyte
- Workshop: Study case

Tuesday 12.07 - Day 9 (9-12 - 13-16)
- Lecture: Buildings envelope design for energy efficiency and storage – Prof. Anatolijs Borodinecs.
- Workshop – Students’ presentations

Wednesday 13.07 - Students departure