Renewable energy education for architects: lessons from developed and developing countries
Taleghani, M., Reza Ansari, H. and Jennings, P. (2010) Renewable energy education for architects: lessons from developed and developing countries. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 17 (5). pp. 444-450.
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Sustainability is a crucial issue for our times and architecture has an important role to play in sustainable development. Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of the total world annual energy consumption. In addition, over the past decade, several new approaches have emerged for the incorporation of sustainability and renewable energy into architectural education. One way of reducing building energy consumption is to educate architects to design buildings that are powered by renewable forms of energy for heating, lighting, cooling, ventilation and hot water supply. A comparison of sustainable architectural education in economically developed and developing countries provides some insights about how to modernise the architectural curriculum to facilitate the process of sustainable development. The key findings of this research are to: (1) include principles of sustainable development in the core content of all architecture courses, including the role of renewable energy, energy efficiency and embodied energy; (2) offer design studio courses in architectural education that involve the practical use of renewable energy technology; (3) offer short courses and flexible courses, which are particularly attractive to busy professional architects who want to keep their knowledge base up to date; and (4) offer online courses to attract foreign students and that are also suitable for disabled students.
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