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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
MIM0125 SOLAR DECATHLON 3/0/0 DE Turkish 3
Course Goals
Solar Decathlon is an international student competition among universities and aims to achieve eco-friendly housing that is capable of producing its own energy in a sustainable manner. The competition lasts for two years and the evaluation is done on the built project.

Aim of this course is to provide the theoretical background of ecological architectural design by the help of privious Solar Decathlon projects and to develop new ideas and proposals for the competition entry.

Prerequisite(s) -
Corequisite(s) -
Special Requisite(s) -
Instructor(s) Assist. Prof. Dr. Ömer SAATCIOĞLU
Course Assistant(s) -
Schedule Tuesday, 09.00-12.00, İKÜ Ataköy Campus, Material-lab.
Office Hour(s) Ömer SAATCIOĞLU, Friday, 09.00-17.00, İKÜ Ataköy Campus, 2C-13.
Teaching Methods and Techniques Ecological building design principles will be discussed on the built examples. 
Principle Sources



Gallo C, Sala M, Sayigh A, 1988, “Architecture Comfort and Energy”, Elsevier, United Kingdom.

Schhitch C., 2003, “Solar Architecture in Detail”, Birkhauser, Germany.

Smith P, 2001, “Architecture In a Climate of Change”, Architectural press, Great Britain.

Roaf S., 2001, “Eco House-a design guide”, third edition, Elsevier, Slovenia.

Graham P., 2003 "First Principles for a Sustainable Built Environment", Blackwell publishing, Australia.

Roaf S., Fuentes M., Thomas S., 2001,"Ecohouse: A design Guide"

Berge B., 2009 "The Ecology of Building Materials" Elsevier Ltd. Oxford, UK

Other Sources www.treehuger.com
Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Information about Solar Decathlon competition; entry, aim, technologies and competition process, Lecture
2. Week Solar architecture principles for an ecological solution, Lecture
3. Week Passive and Active systems, Lecture
4. Week Principles of Sustainability, Lecture
5. Week Analysing ecological examples and technologies, Lecture
6. Week Leed and Breeam certificates, Lecture
7. Week Analysing the privious projects of Solar Decathlon competition. Proposals will be developed for Solar Decathlon project Lecture
8. Week Analysing the privious projects of Solar Decathlon competition. Proposals will be developed for Solar Decathlon project Lecture
9. Week Analysing the privious projects of Solar Decathlon competition. Proposals will be developed for Solar Decathlon project Lecture
10. Week Analysing the privious projects of Solar Decathlon competition. Proposals will be developed for Solar Decathlon project Lecture
11. Week Midterm exam + Analysing the privious projects of Solar Decathlon competition. Proposals will be developed for Solar Decathlon project Exam + Lecture
12. Week Analysing the privious projects of Solar Decathlon competition. Proposals will be developed for Solar Decathlon project Lecture
13. Week Proposals will be developed for Solar Decathlon project. Lecture
14. Week Proposals will be developed for Solar Decathlon project. Lecture
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 1 30
Attendance 1 30
Final Exam 1 40

Program Outcomes
PO-1Critical Thinking: Ability to inquire, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions.
PO-2Communication: Ability to use appropriate representational media to transmit essential formal elements at design process.
PO-3Investigation: Ability to gather, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within design processes.
PO-4Design: Ability to reproduce the design information in the creative thinking process, to reach new and original results through universal design principles such as sustainability and accessibility.
PO-5World Architecture: Understanding world architecture in terms of their historical, geographical and global factors.
PO-6Local Architecture / Cultural Diversity: Understanding the architectural formations and samples of a geography through its historical and cultural context. Understanding the divergent canons of cultural values, behavioral, social and spatial patterns.
PO-7Cultural Heritage and Conservation: Understanding of conservation discourses and methods, and the subjects of cultural heritage, conservation awareness, environmental concerns and ethical responsibility.
PO-8Sustainability: Ability to design projects by using the information regarding the natural and built environment to reduce the undesirable environmental impacts on future generations through means.
PO-9Social Responsibility: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility about protecting the commonweal, having respect for historical/cultural and natural resources and improving the life quality.
PO-10Nature and Human: Understanding of the relationship between human, the natural environment and the design of the built environment.
PO-11Geographical Conditions: Understanding the relationships of site selection, settlement and building design by considering the cultural, economical and social properties as well as the natural characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation and watershed.
PO-12Life Safety: Understanding the basic principles of security and life-safety systems in the conditions of natural disasters, fire, etc. through building and environment scales.
PO-13Structural Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.
PO-14Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of physical environmental systems’ design such as lighting, acoustics, climatization and the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
PO-15Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies.
PO-16Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic design principles of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
PO-17Building Materials and Assemblies: Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.
PO-18Integration of Building Service Systems: The ability of assessing, selecting and integrating the structural, environmental, security, envelope and service systems of the buildings for building design.
PO-19Programming and Evaluation: Ability to prepare and evaluate an architectural project program by considering the public benefits in regards of client and user needs, appropriate examplers, space and equipment requirements, financial limitations, site conditions, relevant codes, laws and design principles.
PO-20Comprehensive Project Development: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates to make design decisions across various scales.
PO-21Considering Building Costs: Understanding the fundamentals of building construction and use costs.
PO-22Architect-Client Relationship: Understanding of the responsibility of the architect to elicit, understand, and reconcile the needs of the client, owner, user groups, and the public and community domains.
PO-23Collaboration: Ability to work in collaboration with others and in multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete design projects.
PO-24Project Management: Understanding of the methods for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams, and recommending project delivery methods.
PO-25Practice Management: Understanding the basic principles in the architectural practice processes like financial management, business planning, quality management, risk management, discussion and reconciliation.
PO-26Leadership: Understanding of the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities.
PO-27Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture.
PO-28Professional Practice: Understanding and fulfillment of employer and intern rights and responsibilities for development of profession.
PO-29Ethics of Profession: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in profession regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1To have knowledge about "Green Building Technologies",
LO-2To have knowledge about "Green Building Therminology"
LO-3To have knowledge about contemporary Green Building examples,
LO-4To make contribution to "Team Turkey", Solar Decathlon project.
LO-5To have general opinion about the Solar Decathlon competition process and to be familiar with the competitors projects.
Course Assessment Matrix:
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