ERIC Number: ED115203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Sep-25
Reference Count: N/A
An Experiment in the Use of Computer-Based Education to Teach Energy Considerations in Architectural Design.
Arumi, Francisco N.
Computer programs capable of describing the thermal behavior of buildings are used to help architectural students understand environmental systems. The Numerical Simulation Laboratory at the Architectural School of the University of Texas at Austin was developed to provide the necessary software capable of simulating the energy transactions affecting the environment of internal spaces of buildings and to make these programs easily accessible to students. Several specialized programs of the Dynamic Energy Response of Buildings (DEROB) system were integrated to describe the energy transactions within a building: Solar generates solar exposure tables; PERSP produces solar perspective views of the structure; GLASS uses dielectric algorithms to describe the dynamic energy responses of solid walls; and DYNWALB describes the energy behavior of opaque walls. Evaluation of the architectural design course using computer-assisted instruction shows an increase in skills and a strong level of student receptivity to the project. (CH)
Descriptors: Architectural Education, Architectural Programing, Architecture, Building Design, Buildings, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computers, Course Evaluation, Design, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Programing, Structural Elements (Construction), Student Attitudes, Thermal Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Project C-BE.