AAR4832 - Climate and Built Form


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 1/3 ALLE
Approved report 2/3 ALLE

Course content

Inside the course students are trained in the analysis and understanding of climate as a source for the architectural design of comfortable and high performative buildings. Theory lectures provide knowledge of climate analysis, architectural design of bio-climatic buildings, environmental performance analyses and energy modeling, building morphology, passive strategies (passive solar heating, natural ventilation systems, etc.) and building tectonics (up to passive house standards). To most lectures corresponds a laboratory in course AAR4532 letting the students to develop their abilities in computer based energy modeling and the use of simulation tools. Main focus of the course is the environmental performance of climate adaptive buildings and their ability to passively create comfortable internal conditions. Thus energy.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: climatic factors, building morphology, environmental programming, passive strategies, passive solar heating systems, natural ventilation strategies, fundamentals of daylight, detailing and tectonics, green building concepts.

Skills: ability to analyze climatic data, run environmental performance and energy modeling analyses, identify passive strategies through the use of building bioclimatic charts, implementation of passive strategies, optimize form and construction towards optimal environmental performance.

General competence: understand and use of climatic data as a source for the architectural design of environmental performative buildings.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and excercises; shared presentations and discussion.

Further on evaluation

Students submit a case study analysis consisting of a group work and a individual part focusing on a specific issue handled in the course.
Evaluation of the theory course takes into account the effort devoted by the student in integrating numerical analyses of different kinds (climate analyses, environmental performance or energy modeling) with a critical understanding of the building’s architecture. Evaluation takes into account the complexity of the analyses conducted, the methodology used and the relevance of the results for a critical analysis of the project.
In case students fail, they can improve their work (both group and individual task) and repeat the exam according to deadlines decided by the responsible teacher.
The right to complain applies only after the final grade has been given.
If students are willing to repeat the exam to improve their grade, they will need to submit an entirely new case study analysis. You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)
Architecture - Continuing Education (ARAEVU)
Facility Management (MEIENDOM)
Sustainable Architecture (MSSUSARC)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic courses in architecture, engineering or urban planning; bachelor in architecture, engineering or urban planning; or equivalent.
Semester programme is co-ordinated with AAR4833 and AAR4532.

Course materials

Case studies; research articles and other literature; lecture notes; site visits.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design, History and Technology
  • Building and Material Technology
  • Building Materials
  • Building Technology
  • Architectural Theory
  • Architecture
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Report

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 1/3 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved report 2/3 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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