Environmental Technology Lectures in Architectural Education G#12010

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Environmental Technology Lectures in Architectural Education

A proposal for a environmental technology lecture series and assignments through Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Alumni CPD.
With suggested lecture with suggested content and assignment titles.

Students could be doing better than this


  • I have recently completed the marking of Part 2 student’s assignments following a 12 week lecture series.
  • I am worried by a number of students who where well below the pass mark and significant number just above it.
  • I have detected that some weaker students at Part 2 level seem to have a lack of basic understanding of materials, and construction techniques let alone brief development, site analysis, building performance, servicing strategies, construction methods, material and so their weekly assignments suffers from woolly thinking or lack any substance.
  • I still see considerable misunderstanding of basic principles and need them to engage more robustly with jargon busting definitions and sustainability checklists.
  • From time to time I have to stop seminars and cover topics that they should have already mastered in earlier years of their training.
  • I have also been informed by the some stronger students, that they have really appreciated and benefitted from the lecture series provided and assignments set at Part 2 Year 1
  • Weekly assignments have given them the opportunity to interrogate subjects in some depth increasing their understanding of each subject significantly.
  • The apparent lack of know-how or late acquisition of skills must reflect in their studio work.
  • Seeing the outputs in the assignments I am sure this know-how is reflected in their studio work, whether the student is weak or strong.
  • I will always argue that without my basic understanding of the nuts and bolts of building I could not have been able to ‘fly kites’ in studio.
  • I am convinced the studio work could benefit substantially from more technology input from an earlier stage and throughout the courses.

I would like to see comprehensive and continuous technology input:

  • I would like to see more of the students acquiring better understanding of a wider range of joined up topics and develop the ability to fuse it all together to produce more competent studio designs.
  • But I fear this can only be achieved if they receive a comprehensive series of complimentary seminars throughout Part 1 & 2 and possibly Part 3.
  • I would like to offer that comprehensive lecture series all the way through the architectural course to try to arm the students with these basic understandings at the right time and building to a comprehensive set of skills.
  • I would like to liaise via a brainstorming session with other faculty staff to develop the right list of subjects in the right years and at the right time to support studio.

Future Facing Climate Aware Competent Students

  • I am keen students have a thorough understanding of and be able to compare and contrast Historic, Current, Modern and Innovative Methods of Construction;
    • learn from and share with the foreign national students climate specific methods from across the world.
  • I want to ensure students have a competent working knowledge of briefing process, building design, building technology, materials, building services all reinforced with a core grounding in environmental responsibility.
  • I want the students to be able to carryout critical analysis of other’s construction and an ability to apply and fuse this knowledge to their own invented systems.
  • I also want to prepare our students to work with existing buildings as this may well form a core component of their future workload; conserving, maintaining, upgrading, repurposing or recladding them for the changing climate.
  • I would want to ensure students who wish to, are capable of responding to the Self-Build market, responding to the specific needs of these clients to provide appropriate technological solutions for an unskilled client. project manager and builder.

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
14th June 2016 – 9th July 2016

A lecture series and assignment programme:


  • I would aim to create a lecture series and assignment programme:
  • To prepare the students in a way that is closer to that expected of doctors: competency from the outset and not reliant upon hours of CPD and office based learning to become really useful.

Such a lecture series could:

  • Be available to:
    • Part 1 Degree ,
    • Part 2 Post Graduate Diploma
    • Post Graduate Masters
    • Part 3 Professional Practice
    • CPD Continuing Professional Practice
  • Inform all students (at the very least on the following)
    • Environment,
    • Materials,
    • Construction Technology,
    • Services
    • Professional practice
  • Address topics as far as wide as possible (See detailed lists below)
  • Be realistic, practical, comprehensive and joined up
  • Help the students to engage more intelligently and enthusiastically with:
    • Understanding problems and solving not avoiding them
    • Conventional and Environmental everything
    • Lectures that support their Studio work
  • Avoid design tutors having to take time out to fill gaps in the students tech know-how
    • Support all design studios with technology and environmental input reinforcing their projects
    • Enable Design Tutors to focus their students on Philosophy, Graphics and Design
    • Taking pressure off the tutors to deliver Technology
  • Develop a new cohort of better informed more employable students with environmental awareness
    • In many cases students could be better informed than their employers
    • But with knowledge to enable them to pursue changes in working practices
  • Attract the attention of future students to be drawn to the course
    • Help increase course recruitment numbers
    • Help the course rise up the league table

Such a Lecture Series would:

  • Learn from current EU wide research as observers and users of their tools and websites
  • Parallel and integrated with the Studio to reinforce each other’s inputs and outputs
  • Deliver material relevant to students design projects to deliver better designs
  • Supporting all students in their design processes and bringing some rationale to their choices of construction, materials and services.
  • Introduce industry experts to bring in depth knowledge on all topics
  • Introduce a range of topics that the students can explore in their own capacities.

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy aka BrianSpecMan
14th June 2016 – 9th July 2016

My track record:


  • I have previously provided seminars at Part 1 Year 2, Part 2 Year 1 at LSBU and Part 3 lectures and MSc level trainings at other Universities to build upon.
  • I have previously developed and delivered:
    • 10 two hour lectures on building elements, Part 1
    • 10 two hour lectures from EREID, Part 2
    • 20 homework assignment papers and supporting presentations
  • I also have created over 1000 CPD seminars to pick from and develop.
  • I can offer to develop a lecture series on all the right subjects in the right years and to suit the RIBA syllabus.
  • I would like to offer at least the following as core subjects, but can offer many more (See later detailed lists):
    • Site, Materials, Construction & Resource Efficiency
    • Health, Wellbeing and Environment,
    • Services, Energy & Carbon

I believe I could create and deliver such a lecture series

  • Supported occasionally by additional specialists from the green world and from industry.

© GBE NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan
14th June 2016 – 9th July 2016

Homework Assignments might include:


  • CV
  • Jargon Busting
  • Drawing & Sketching Back to basics
    • Hand Drawing
      • 3D Sketching
      • Construction Assembly and sequence
    • Measured and Redrawn Logo
      • to discover lessons in how to measure and set out
      • to understand tolerances and accuracy
    • Measured & Counted Surveys
  • Room, Furniture Layouts & Equipment (including passive servicing)
    • Your own Studio Pad
    • Bathroom Layouts (small to large) including services
    • Kitchen layouts (CfSH & Other Standards) including services
    • WC Layouts (Generic layouts) including services
    • Student Union including Bar
    • Office including Reception Desk
    • Retail Shop including display and serving counter
    • Library including Readers Desk and Staff counter
    • Class room including Teachers and Students desks
    • Laboratory and Modular furniture
    • Auditorium/Theater including seating, translators and projectionists spaces
  • Buildings and Interior layout and Circulation
    • Including Current Design Guides
    • Housing Design to meet London Housing Crisis
    • Café/Restaurant/Kitchen/Stores
    • School
    • Health Centre
    • Sports Centre
  • Campus/Estate Layout: Circulation and Making Spaces & Livable Places
    • Housing
    • Education
    • Health
    • Office
    • Retail
    • Industrial Estate
    • Domestic Recycling Centre

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy aka BrianSpecMan
14th June 2016 – 9th July 2016

Technology lecture series:
RIBA Part 1

(selection of topic, many others can be added to suit hours available)


  • Library visit
    • Getting to know your dedicated librarians
      • Getting to know what they know and how they can be a great aid in finding stuff
    • Getting to know the catalogues and lists of publication contents
    • Getting to know Essential Reference Documents
    • Getting to know the Authoritative Bodies and their publications
    • Getting to know the TI and Barbour systems (if they have them)
  • Public Building Visits
    • Infrastructure, Developments, Buildings, Landscapes, Interiors, Furniture
    • Housing, Office, Commercial, Public buildings,
    • Exhibition centres, Product Libraries, Visitors centres, Exhibitions/Shows
    • Reading elevations and understanding construction methods and materials
    • To see how its done
    • Select some from: list below (I know them and can describe them in detail)
      • Thames Barrier & Park & O2 Dome, Greenwich Millennium Village (PPT Presentation /Visit)
      • Container city Lee valley, QE Park and London 2012 (Visit)
      • Portcullis House (PPT presentation only)
      • Justin Bere’s Passivhaus community centre London (Visit)
      • BedZED South London (PPT presentation/Visit)
      • British Library Euston (Images/Guided Tour/Model)
      • St Pancras Station Refurbishment (Visit)
      • Birmingham International Convention Centre (Visit)
      • Bluewater Retail and Leisure & SusCon Dartford Greenwich (PPT Presentation/Visit)
      • Aberystwyth Arts Centre Wales, Dance Studio (PPT Presentation)
      • St David’s Visitors Centre, Car park and Landscape (PPT Presentation)
      • Self-build Walters Way Lewisham London (Visit)
      • Self-build sites Brighton (PPT Presentation/Visit/Talks/Video)
      • Self Build Centre Swindon (Visit)
      • Bioregional Developments Brighton and Middlesbrough (Visits)
      • Brighton Earth Ship (Visit/ PPT Presentation)
      • Doncaster Earth Centre (PPT Presentation /Visit)
      • Construction Resources Showroom (PPT Presentation)
      • Housing sites (Images)
      • Housing Refurbishment Sites (Images)
      • Hocketon Housing Newark Nottinghamshire (Images/Visit)
      • Pines Calyx Dover (Images/Visit) & Arch house Kent (Images/Visit)
      • BRE Innovation Park, Integer House, Refurbished terrace & Environment Building (Visit/Images/Model)
      • Eisteddfod Housing site Wales (Images/PPT)
      • Jubilee line stations (visits)
      • Cross rail Stations in due course
      • Earth Dome (Visit and meet Architect/Hear theories)
    • European Visits (no further, stay climate relevant)
      • CAPEM Investment Buildings (Eco Building Centres)
        • France x 3, Belgium x 2, Holland x 2, Germany x 2 & UK
      • Exhibitions:
        • UK CI, EcoBuild, Vision London, Self Build Centre Swindon
      • Good Books
      • Authoritative Publications
      • Building Elements
        • Their Performance requirements
          • Structure, Fire, Durability, Acoustic, Heat Loss, Solar gain, Bypass, etc.
        • Forces acting upon elements of buildings
          • Component Parts: Functions and Properties
          • Building Element Junctions
        • Reactions by building elements and their components to those forces
      • Methods of Construction
        • Methods of Construction (892 elemental assemblies in database)
          • Competent Methods
        • Materials
          • Appropriate Applications
        • Resource Efficient Construction
          • Walter Segal Method and Approach
        • Services strategies
          • Services In/Waste Out/Drainage Layouts
          • Water Recycling
          • Lighting/Power
          • Carbon
          • Ventilation/Coolth/Heat/MVHR
          • Hot water
        • Kitchen & Bathrooms
          • Layouts & Rules & Design Guides
        • Connectivity & Accessories (Lectures and Pinterest Image library)
          • Methods for better assembly and disassembly
          • Fixings and Fastenings
          • Nails, Screws, Bolts, fasteners, Clamps,
          • Nail, Screws and Bolt heads, Screw technology
          • Materials and corrosion protection
          • Welding, Brazing, Soldering
          • Adhesives & Mortar
          • Gravity, Friction, Ballast, Mechanical Key
          • Weak v strong
          • Accessories for stone, brick, block
          • Accessories for timber
          • Accessories for steel
          • Accessories for Airtightness
        • Glass and Glazing
          • Patent Glazing, Curtain Walling, Structural Glass Assemblies
          • Doors, Windows, Rooflights,
          • Glass and Glazing
          • Double and Triple glazing
          • Low E glass
          • Cavity gasses and environmental impacts
        • Materials used in building
          • Properties
            • Structure, Fire, Durability, Acoustic, Thermal, etc.
            • Conductivity, Convection and Radiation Thermal insulation
            • Air and wind tightness systems: components products accessories
            • Thermal break systems: components products accessories
          • Characteristics
            • Methods of manufacture and environmental improvement
            • Applications: Construction methods
          • Healthy Materials
            • Building Fabric
            • Finishes
            • Indoor Air Quality
            • Mould and its avoidance
          • Environmental Materials
            • Renewable, Rapidly renewable
              • Carbon sequestration
              • Timber and plant based materials and ingredients
              • Animal-sourced materials
            • Mineral, Abundant, Accessible
              • Stone & Metals
            • Chemistry derived materials
              • Fossil Carbon based materials
                • Plastics: Hydro-carbons
                • Petrochemicals
              • Bio-chemistry materials
            • Inevitable compromise materials
              • High embodied
                • Carbon, Energy, Water
              • How they can be improved as well
              • Low impact concrete
              • Reclaimed Steel
            • Appropriate Applications
              • Highly effective materials
            • Durability
              • Preservation, protection, decoration


© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
14th June 2016 – 8th July 2016

Technology lecture series:
RIBA Part 2

(selection of topic, many others can be added to suit hours available)


  • Global Imperative
    • Climate Change
    • Growing Population
    • Growing demands
    • Peak everything
    • Finite & Renewable Resources
    • Consumption driven by industry, marketing and peer pressure
    • Diminishing Resources
    • Materials and their applications in Building
    • Consequences of no action
  • Climate and our response to it
    • Climate regions and appropriate response to each of them
    • Land and Oceans, Climate, Weather
    • Passive and active responses to climate
    • Appropriate Building Fabric for passive response
    • Active building Fabric
    • Climate, future proofing, mitigation and adaptation
    • Environmental Responsibility
    • Design Life and Competency during that Life
  • Design Tools
    • Canada: Super E homes, Germany: Passivhaus PHPP, Swiss: Minergie
    • UK climate and more detailed response to it
    • AECB standards: UK CarbonLite (Passivhaus for UK climate and UK energy Mix)
    • Passivhaus for Refurbishment: EnerPHit & AECB’s CarbonLight Refurbishment
    • Building Regulations, Compliance tools: SAP, SBEM,
    • EcoHomes, Spear, Dream, BREEAM, SKA, LEED, GreenStar
    • Biodiversity for Building
    • WELL: Health & Wellbeing in Buildings
  • Site Analysis and Response to Site
    • Big Data & Desk analysis: Access to information sources
    • Land: Geography, Geology, Topography
    • Water: Sea, River, Ground, Precipitation, wind driven rain
    • Air: Wind, ventilation, Moisture, drying
    • Sun: Solar Access, Shading, Solar gain, Warming, drying
    • Infrastructure, Access and Services
    • Existing Buildings and Existing Resources
  • Briefing and Employer’s Requirements
    • Ambitions and Aspirations
    • Schedules of Accommodation & What is missing
    • Life expectancy, Climate Change and Building Performance
    • EAM Environmental Assessment Methods
    • Room data Sheets
    • Soft landings
  • Building Use
    • Function and activity
    • Passive and Active inputs
    • Exploiting site opportunities
    • Inputs that challenge the services
    • Space Conditioning to suit
    • Moisture Permeability, Vapour open v Vapour Closed
    • Working with existing and historic building fabric
  • Building Performance
    • Principles of element Design
    • Forces acting on buildings
    • Elements offer accommodation and reactions to these forces
    • Standards and Codes that engage with these principles
  • Resource Efficient Design
    • Design for ease of Assembly and Dismantling
    • Modular design to enable and facilitate reclaim and reuse
    • Reclaim and Reuse
    • Waste-less design
  • Building Construction
    • Methods of Construction, Junctions, Components & Materials
    • Sequence for Performance
    • Tensegrity v Bendy
  • Building Performance
    • Thicknesses for U-values
    • Decrement Delay
    • G Values
    • Thermal bridge calculations
    • Condensation Risk and Analysis
    • BS 5250
    • Hygro-thermal moisture movement
    • WUFI & Delphine
    • Proofing: damp, flood, rain, wind, air, vapour, gas, smoke, fire, noise, heat, coolth,
  • Embodied Energy, Embodied Carbon, Sequestered Carbon
    • Building Calculations
      • Heights, Areas, numbers of Floors
    • Assembly & Thicknesses
    • Component Calculations
    • Elemental Calculations
    • Whole Building Impact Calculations
  • In Use Energy & In use Carbon
    • Building Calculations
      • Heights, Areas, Floors, Roofs, openings
    • Elemental Calculations
    • Whole Building Consumption Calculations
    • Elemental % Breakdowns
    • Modifying % by swapping components
    • Fuel Choice
    • Whole Building Carbon Impacts
  • Resource Efficiency
    • Waste Hierarchy: Reduce Reuse Recycle Recover Reject; All the others 42 Rs
    • Waste Statistics
    • Design to Reduce waste
    • Reclaim for Reuse
    • Material Exchange
  • Infrastructure
    • Construction Consolidation Centres
    • Green Grids and Blue Ribbons
      • Biodiversity & Services
    • Food, Drink & Goods infrastructure
      • Consolidation Centers;
      • Online Shopping and Deliveries
    • Public Services Bus/Coach Station
    • Cycling Infrastructure routes and parking
      • Intersections and interaction with vehicles and pedestrians
    • Car Infrastructure routes and parking layouts
      • ParkMark & Car parking design, Multi-storey car parks
      • Pedestrianisation, Residential Zones, Neighbourhood Traffic free Zones
    • Central/District/Private Heating/Power/Coolth
      • Autonomy or Community & Renewables
      • Merton Rule
      • Merton’s Private Networks and advantages of sharing multiple dispersed generation
    • Below Ground Services
      • Supply and Disposal; Layouts and Common Trench
      • Connection to Building
      • Traffic Management Act ambitions and failings
    • Above ground services
      • Objects, Control, Junction Boxes, Post Box and Telephones
      • Renewables
    • Signage
      • Street naming on buildings
      • Plethora verses absence
    • Waste infrastructure
      • Take back schemes
      • WEEE
      • Project Waste/Recycling Facilities
      • Packaging Producer Responsibilities provisions

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
14th June 2016 – 8th July 2016

Technology lecture series:
RIBA Part 3 Professional Practice

(selection of topic, many others can be added to suit hours available)


  • Responsibilities of an Architect
    • Lead Consultant
    • Other team members
    • Silos v Interdisciplinary approach
    • Joined up thinking
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
    • Liability v Sustainability
    • Wren Forum
    • Practice Procedure Manuals
    • Quality Assurance ISO 9001
    • Environmental Management ISO 14001
  • RIBA Plan of Works
    • The previous version
    • The current version
    • The Green Version
  • Contracts
    • Adversarial: JCT
    • Others
    • Non-adversarial: ACA 2000
  • Procurement Methods
    • Compared and Contrasted
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • GC, CM, MC, D&B, DMC, GMP,
    • PPP, PFI
  • Building Regulations
    • Regulations
      • Approved Documents
        • Codes and Standards
      • Proper materials
        • BSI Kitemark, Agrement Certificate, ETA, CE Mark, other sector schemes
      • Other routes to compliance
        • NHBC, Approved Inspectors
      • Design Tools & Calculators
        • UK SAP, rdSAP, SBEM and their failings
        • PHPP, Minergie, AECB’s CarbonLite
        • AECB’s Water Standard
      • Environmental Assessment Methods
        • BREEAM (Office, Warehouse, Sport, Community, etc.
          • Business as Usual with a green tick
        • LEED (USA ditto)
        • GreenStar (Australia; business orientation)
        • EcoHomes (Scotland)
        • Code for Sustainable Homes (Gone now)
        • Code for Sustainable Building (Never arrived)
        • Zero Carbon Buildings (dropped Government Aspiration)
        • NEET (> BREEAM Health)
        • Spear (Arups)
        • DREAM Defence Related
        • CEEQUAL (>BREEAM Civil Engineering)
        • Ska: Fit-out/refit, Office/Retail/Higher Education
        • Biodiversity for Buildings
      • Specification Practice
        • What are they and How do you do them
        • NBS Library & NBS Software
        • Alternative sources of information
          • Manufacturers: Literature, Specifications, BBA Certificates
        • Building Information Modelling or Better Information Management
          • Government driver for improvement v It’s a Disruptive Technology
          • Big data, Open Data, COBie, IFC, Interoperability, Interrogation
          • CAD, 3D CAD, Objects, BIM enabled, Data Attached
          • Common Language Dictionary, Product Data Templates, Digital Object Identifiers
          • NBS BIM Toolkit & Specification Integration
          • BIM4M2, CIBSE, NBS, others guidance and seminars

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy aka BrianSpecMan
14th June 2016 – 8th July 2016

Alumni CPD Programme


  • 5-8 years is long enough to cover a substantial part of the topic that students need
  • Leaving enough slack for student to explore the subjects further themselves during or after the course
  • In addition to 1000 CPD files by Brian Murphy to present:
  • Signposting other sources for future in depth learning
  • There are many good training programmes and individual presenters that can provide introductions to add to this course.
    • TGR The Green Register:
      • Sustainable Building & Services 1 2 or 3 day course
      • Many other one off topics: CPD, BiteSize, etc.
    • AECB Association for Environment Conscious Building
      • CarbonLite: (Passivhaus for UK Climate and Energy Mix)
      • CarbonLite Retrofit
      • AECB Region Activities
      • AECB Annual Conferences
    • PHT Passive House Trust
    • CoRE Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (or its replacement)
    • STBA Sustainable Traditional Building Alliance
    • ASBP Alliance of Sustainable Building Products
    • SPAB Society for the Protection of Ancient Building
    • GBE Green Building Encyclopaedia (1000 CPD seminars)
    • NGS National Green Specification
    • GBS Green Building Specification
    • ASWS Architectural Specification Writing Services
    • National BIM Library
    • NGS National Building Specification

© Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan
14th June 2016 – 8th July 2016

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