An Interdisciplinary Approach towards Academic Education on Sustainable Building Design

Vanja Skalicky Klemenčič, Vesna Žegarac Leskovar and Maja Žigart (Editors)
University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Maribor, Slovenia

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology, Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: TEC01000

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The built environment is witnessing a worldwide concern followed by intensive consideration of its environmental impacts on the one hand and influence on public health and wellbeing on the other. Respecting both priorities mentioned above, the trends in current design tend to be in line with multiple dimensions of sustainability. Next to its occurrence in scientific research and practice, the topic of sustainable design is ever more emerging within the courses at universities, whereby the educational approaches can be beneficial if interrelated to different scientific or expert disciplines. As universities are recognized as complex organizations inevitably evolving over a long period of time period and responding to changes in society and environment, attempts to improve the efficiency of academic teaching have been intensively introduced also in the study programs of the University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture (UM FGPA) through implementation of various activities related to development of innovative approaches towards education on sustainable design of built environment.

The publication presents the interdisciplinary approach to the academic education on sustainable building design through integration of different activities. In addition to basic educational courses, the transfer of latest research findings, implementation of practical student workshops, development projects and various activities aiming at integration of different knowledge transfers makes the level of academic teaching more active and efficient. The book consists of six chapters. The first chapter describes the general aspect of the integrative approach to education on sustainable built environment through the experience of the interdisciplinary course. Chapter 2 introduces a comprehensive set of urban design criteria for creating residential neighbourhoods and emphasizes the role of high-quality open space and green areas, which significantly contributes to liveability. Chapter 3 deals with sustainable transport in connection with the living environment, and emphasises the interdisciplinary approach.

Chapter 4 presents the inclusion of energy-efficient building design with the integrated use of new digital technologies, such as building information and energy modelling. Chapter 5 describes the main types of timber structural systems and presents a sustainable design perspective of contemporary prefabricated timber-glass buildings with further development of multi-storey prefabricated timber buildings with enlarged glazing areas. The last chapter is prepared as a graphic summary of interdisciplinary workshop projects which demonstrate the complexity of design and the respect for diverse interdisciplinary principles of sustainable planning.

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1. Interdisciplinarity in Academic Education on Sustainable Built Environment
(Vesna Žegarac Leskovar, University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Maribor, Slovenia)

Chapter 2. Creating a Liveable Neighbourhood
(Vanja Skalicky Klemenčič, University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Maribor, Slovenia)

Chapter 3. Sustainable Traffic and the Living Environment
(Marko Renčelj, University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Maribor, Slovenia)

Chapter 4. Building Energy Modelling in Sustainable Design Process
(Maja Žigart, University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Maribor, Slovenia)

Chapter 5. Structural Design of Sustainable Timber Buildings
(Miroslav Premrov, University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Maribor, Slovenia)

Chapter 6. Application of Interdisciplinary Approach: “Punkt Podlehnik” Workshop
(Ivana Banfić, Tina Belec, Tadej Božak, Jovana Dragović, Klara Glad, Sebastijan Kelc, Jani Knuplež, David Leskovar, Katja Nežmah, Nikola Pintarić, Selma Rogač, Simon Sekereš, Sanja Špindler, Gregor Tollazzi, Ivana Vuković, Miroslav Premrov, Marko Renčelj, Vanja Skalicky* Klemenčič, Vesna Žegarac Leskovar and Maja Žigart, University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, Maribor, Slovenia)

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"The monograph is clearly structured and written in a way that can serve as a tool for various experts and professors in the field of sustainable building design education. The topics presented cover some of the key aspects of sustainability in contemporary building design. Through individual chapters, a strong integration of scientific research findings into the educational process is visible, as individual research topics emerge as guidelines for teaching and effective collaboration through interdisciplinarity." READ MORE... - Nataša Ćuković Ignjatović, PhD MSc.Arch BSc.Arch LEED AP BD+C, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architectural Technologies, Belgrade, Serbia

"I recommend this manuscript for publication as a scientific monograph that can be used in university teaching and which could serve as an incentive for academics to think about starting new courses based on different forms of teaching while engaging experts from different scientific fields." READ MORE... - Dr. Lea Petrović Krajnik, Assistant Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Landscape Architecture, Zagreb, Croatia

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