ECTS - Climatic Comfort, Passive and Mechanical Systems

Climatic Comfort, Passive and Mechanical Systems (ICM232) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Climatic Comfort, Passive and Mechanical Systems ICM232 2 0 0 2 3
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language Turkish
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Instructor
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The main purpose of the Course is to prepare the theoretical base for the Design Studios. This introductory course addresses human needs and comfort in relation to the natural and man-made environments. Its aim is to acquaint each student with the basic concepts how environmental factors may be utilized, controlled, and modified as an integral part of architectural design.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Learning human needs and thermal confort of interiors in order to prerare theoretical basis necessary for design studio.
  • Developing skills in order to use strategies to control parameters of environmental factors effecting the design
  • Learning principles of mechanical equipment adequate for interior designers
Course Content Thermal comfort, environmental control based on climatic zones, passive heating/cooling/ventilating and humidification; active comfort systems and preference conditions.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to thermal comfort and environmental control, within the scope of Energy Efficient & Ecological Approach Related course documents
2 Environmental Control Strategies For Interior Environment and Thermal Comfort Related course documents
3 Main Parameters Of Thermal Comfort and Comfort Standards Related course documents
4 Environmental Control Wıth Passive Climatization Related course documents
5 Critical Parameters Of Passive Design: Climate, Site, Building Orientation, Building Form, Windows and Daylighting, Energy Efficient Lighting, Energy-Efficient HVAC System Related course documents
6 Building Envelope:Thermal Mass, Heat Insulation and Condensation Control Related course documents
7 1st Midterm Exam and Discussions on Mid Term Exam Related course documents
8 Passive Heating and Major Heating Strategies Related course documents
9 Design Examples with Passive Heating Related course documents
10 Passive Cooling Strategies and case studies Related course documents
11 2 nd Midterm Exam and Discussions on the term paper Related course documents
12 Heating and Cooling with active systems Related course documents
13 Plumbing in buildings Related course documents
14 Electrical equipment in buildings Related course documents
15 Overview of the term Reading the related sections of resource books
16 Final Exam Preparation for the general exam


Other Sources 1. Lechner, N., Heating, cooling, lighting : design methods for architects, Wiley, New York, 1990
2. Yeang, K., Ekotasarım: Ekolojik Tasarım Rehberi, YEM Kitabevi, İstanbul, 2012
3. Thomas, R., 1996, Environmental design : An introduction for architects and engineers, E & FN Spon London ;New York

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 10
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 1 10
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 50
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 30
Toplam 5 100
Percentage of Semester Work 70
Percentage of Final Work 30
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Reflecting Information into academic environment X
2 Theoretical, scientific, artistic, historical background/structure X
3 Social, environmental, sustainability principles X
4 Legal framework X
5 Institutional and ethical values X
6 Capability to reflect theory into practice X
7 Capability to make research and interpret the results X
8 Capability to develop alternative solutions X
9 Effective writing, drawing and presentation X
10 Capability to perform independent and interdisciplinary works X
11 Capable to criticize, produce counter thesis and synthesis
12 Life-long learning consciousness X
13 Foreign Language Use capability
14 Capable to use information technologies
15 Respect for ethical values, laws, human rights, environmental and cultural heritage X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 2 32
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 1 16
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 1 10 10
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 3 3 9
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 4 2 8
Total Workload 75