Psychrometry and green buildings
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Psychrometry and green buildings

Psychrometry as a green building design tool
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Created by Deepa Parekh
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • have clarity of the fundamentals
  • correlate psychrometry with climate variables
  • use the psychrometric chart as a design tool
  • derive passive design strategies
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  • Although not a requirement, familiarity with fundamentals of passive building design will be helpful in enhancing your understanding of what is covered in this course.

The fundamental of green building design is to respond to climate and sun. A good handle over the psychrometric chart and the sun path diagram is essential to design green buildings. Psychrometric charts are commonly used by mechanical engineers for designing air conditioning systems. But it has great potential to be used as a building design tool beyond the engineering concepts. Climate variables are better understood if there is clarity on the core concepts of psychrometry.

This course will show how pyschrometric charts can be used by NON-engineering professionals as a tool to derive passive design strategies. This is a primer on understanding climate and its application in building design. 

The chart used in the course is in the metric system (SI units). Even if you are familiar only with the IP system of units, you will still be able to follow through all the concepts in the course. 

The course is organized in two section with a total of 7 lectures and 1 hour of video content. At the end of the first section, you will be confident is using the psychrometric chart. By the end of the second section, you will understand how to correlate its application to derive passive design strategies. 

This is very hands-on and interactive course. There are several examples and exercises scattered throughout the course that will ensure you understand the concepts. At the end of the course, you will be confident to use this simple chart as a powerful design tool during early design stage. This is a direct take-away from the course. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for NON-mechanical engineering building design professionals, particularly an architect.
  • If you are student studying architecture or building design, you will find this course relevant and of ready use in your projects
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Curriculum For This Course
7 Lectures
Fundamentals of psychrometry
5 Lectures 43:03

This video explains how the course is structured and what are the take-aways. You can plan your pace of learning accordingly.

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One of the basic terms we might use or refer to almost everyday- temperature.. Technically, it is dry bulb temperature. We are usually intuitive about temperature. Lets understand "dry bulb" really means.. 

Dry bulb temperature

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Psychrometry as a design tool
2 Lectures 18:05

Passive building design

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About the Instructor
Deepa Parekh
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Project Manager, EDS Pvt Ltd.

Passionate about creating a sustainable built environment, Deepa brings international work experience along with interdisciplinary educational background. She graduated with a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Institute of Environmental Design, India. Deepa is a Registered Architect with the Indian Council of Architecture, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE).

Over six years, Deepa has worked on number of projects in the US and India with a focus on bridging the gap between building design and technology. At EDS Pvt Ltd, she works on projects dealing with daylight assessment, building energy simulations, technical analysis for performance based design, conducting professional training programs, developing instructional content and facilitating green building certifications. Deepa has been instrumental in launching the EDS CPD (Continuous Professional Development) initiative. She is also the lead faculty for many professional courses and plays an active role in developing instructional content and assessment materials.