AAR4832 - Climate and Built Form


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Inside the Climate and Built forms course students are trained in the architectural design of climate adapted buildings as a meaningful process based on the understanding of the natural environment constraints and resources. Theory lectures - within course AAR4832 - provide knowledge of climate analysis, architectural design of bio-climatic buildings, environmental performance analyses, energy modeling and building tectonics (up to passive house standards). To most lectures corresponds a laboratory in course AAR4532 where students develop their abilities in computer based energy modeling (through the use of simulation tools). A few testing analogue tools in the design studio also makes it possible to test physical models in relation to different solar and wind conditions. Students are therefore able to define innovative design processes where the use of analogue and digital tools can be customized for the development of specific building concepts.  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 presentations; Use of digital and analogue tools for environmental performance analyses, Design studio guidance; Oral project presentations and discussions with teachers, external professionals and classmates. 

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

Sketchbook, Material for models and 3D printing, Pensum Books, PC with simulation tools.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system 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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