Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
INT3904 Sustainable Design Spring 2 0 2 4
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery:
Course Coordinator : Assoc. Prof. MEHMET BENGÜ ULUENGİN
Course Lecturer(s): Instructor EYLEM ÖNAL ŞAHİN
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: This course centers on issues surrounding the integration of sustainable and passive design principles into conceptual and practical architectural design.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. Demonstrates ability to analyze information gathered from the framework of actual physical, and environmental constraints, and synthesizes these with diverse knowledge and considerations in order to create innovative spatial solutions,

2. Identifies pertinent green technologies and grasps the ways in which these are integrated into architectural design.

Course Content

The course will focus on passive solar design, daylighting,PV, wind, double skin technologies, Cradle 2 Cradle, Design for Disassembly, Zero Carbon/Carbon Neutral strategies and other sustainability initiatives. Case studies will be used extensively as a vehicle to discuss the success/failure of ideas and their physical applications.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to Sustainable Design: A discussion of ecological design principles and broad scale urban approaches to sustainable developments. A selection of case studies will be used to discuss various approaches to incorporating sustainable design objectives into architectural design. Discussion will include material selection, embodied energy, recycling initiatives, quality and durability as attitudes, implications of life cycle costing. None
2) Verifying and Marketing Green Buildings: Selling environmental design requires quantification and data. We will look at some of the Green Building tools and evaluation methods; including Green Building Advisor software, Athena Environmental Impact Estimator, ENVest, LEED, and Green Globe Standards. Peruse the website of the U.S. Green Building Council (authors of LEED): Peruse the website of the British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (authors of BREEAM):
3) Lighting in Buildings: Detailed look at the use of light in buildings from the point of view of issues of source, quantity, quality, human response, glare, room use, control, strategies, applications. The importance of natural lighting, both from an energy conservation point of view, as well as the aesthetic impact of natural light on interior architecture and the function of space. Read Sinopoli: pp. 47-56
4) Passive solar design None
5) At the heart of it all: Energy from the sun Readings: Droege pp. 307-312 (100% Renewable: One Man’s Journey for a Solar World); Simon pp. 87-102 (Solar Energy)
6) Wind energy Reading: Simon pp. 103-122 (Wind Energy)
7) Midterm exam
8) Conserving water, gray water recycling, rainwater harvesting Read: Moxon: Chapter 3 (pp. 78-83)
9) Sustainable materials, embodied energy Read: Moxon: Chapter 3 (pp. 84-106)
10) Cradle 2 cradle design and sustainable material certification schemes Read: McDonough and Braungart: Introduction (pp. 3-16)
11) Social sustainability Read: Simon Guy, & Steven A. Moore, pp. 47-58
12) The future of sustainable design None
13) Student presentations Presentations related to the final assignment
14) Student presentations Presentations related to the final assignment


Course Notes / Textbooks: Mary Guzowski, Towards Zero-Energy Architecture: New Solar Design, Laurence King Publishers, 2010

Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, North Point Press, 2002

James M. Sinopoli, Smart Buildings Systems for Architects, Owners and Builders, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2009
References: Yok/None

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 13 % 10
Quizzes 5 % 5
Homework Assignments 5 % 5
Project 2 % 20
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 1 14
Project 2 18 36
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 96

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.