Urban And Environmental Applied Physics (4 CFU)

1st year of advanced degree in Architecture and city sustainability

A/A 2020/2021 - Calendar and multimedia material
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  • The exams during the summer/autumn session 2021 will be hold online only

  • Here the code for direct access to the Team used for the online exam on 13/09/2021 and 17/09/2021: 6lar3z9

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ATTENTION: due to the continuing risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this course is FULLY ONLINE also for the second semester of A/Y 2020/2021.

The lessons of the second semester will be done on the Teams platform on Friday morning, 10.30 to 12.30, beginning on 05/03/2021 until 28/05/2021.

This is the code for the first access to the Team of this course: 8ipeuxr

This is the link for following accesses (after having been authenticated with the code above): FTAC

N.B: for the program, the exam procedures, the dates of the exams, etc., see the institutional web page of the course:

Urban And Environmental Applied Physics


This course assumes that students have already acquired some basic knowledge during their three-years degree, and in particular:

If necessary, students who are not already in possession of this basic knowledge can integrate their cultural background by using the teaching material (slides, handouts, video recording of the lessons) taken from the web page of the Environmental Technical Physics course held over the years past:


Flipped Classroom - 1st semester

The first half of the course (corresponding to the 1st cycle of lessons) is set with the methodology known as "flipped classroom": the didactic part of the teaching makes use of multimedia material made available on this website (NOT on ELLY or on other poorly expandable platforms), as better specified in the following calendar.
During online meetings orgainzed on MS Teams, students should report to the class after viewing and studying the material relevant to each lesson, which is made available one week in advance. In the virtual classroom the activity is carried out as a "workshop", based on the solution of concrete verification or design problems.
The teacher and the students themselves alternate on the blackboard, solving problems also in numerical form and carrying out project calculations and sizing.
Four "flpped classrooms" are planned, with reference to the following topics:

1 Energy requirement for heating and air conditioning of buildings

Verification of the thermal and hygrometric insulation of the building envelope

2 Noise pollution and acoustic classification of the territory - verification of compliance with the zone limits

Verification of passive acoustic requirements of buildings

3 Design and energy requirements for interior lighting of buildings

Natural lighting through windows

4 Design and energy requirements for street lighting

Lighting pollution, the "dark sky" initiative

Each of these lessons requires a didactical load of 5 hours: 3h for watching the video lessons and reading the material provided, and 2h of interactive online activity on MS Teams. So the total work load for the first semester is 20h.

Calendar of Interactive Lessons on MS Teams (1st Semester)

 N. Date and Hour Topic
1 18/11/2020 - 14.00-16.00 Thermal Insulation of the builiding
Topic Notes Slides Video Lessons
Heat transfer through walls and windows Youtube Youtube
Heat sources: furnaces and heat pumps Youtube
Diffusion of humidity, the Glaser diagram   Youtube
Yearly energy requirement, energetic performance certification   Youtube


 N. Date and Hour Topic
2 25/11/2020 - 09.00-11.00 Environmental Acoustics, Building Acoustics




Video Lessons

Italian law about environmental noise (L. 447/1995), acoustical zoning, the new EC standards based on Lden - Results




The Single Event Level (SEL) and its usage for evaluation of transportation noise




Examples and exercises regarding environmental noise



Simulation of sound propagation  outdoors employing the DISIA/CITYMAP software package





 N. Date and Hour Topic
3 09/12/2020 - 09.00-11.00 Indoor lighting
Topic Notes Video Lessons
Lighting technology: fundamental quantities and cause-effect relationships Youtube Youtube Youtube
Indoor artificial lighting: type of lamps

Light quality: Color Temperature and Color Rendering Index (CRI)

DOCDOCDOC Youtube Youtube
Design of indoor artificial lighting systems with the Lumen method

Verification of daylight natural lighting indoors with the average daylight factor

DOCDOC Youtube Youtube Youtube Youtube


 N. Date and Hour Topic
4 16/12/2020 - 11.00-13.00 Outdoor lighting
Topic Notes Video Lessons
Fundamentals of street lighting Youtube
Design of a road lighting system Youtube
The free software Easy Light - Save the Sky (Cielo Buio - https://cielobuio.org/) HTML Youtube


Exam Project (Laboratory) - 2nd Semester
The activity carried out in the first part of the course is aimed at developing a project, to be carried out during the second part (from February 2021 onwards), which is assigned to groups of 2 students, and which constitutes during he main activity carried out in this phase.
Students are entrusted with the drafting of a urban planning project related in an urban context with high population density, for which they will have to produce the technical documentation required by the current regulatory framework, and more specifically the following two documents:

At each lesson, some students present the progress of their project and the whole class interacts providing suggestions and criticisms. 10 lessons of 2h each are planned, for a total of 20 hours.

The final aim of the laboratory is the production of two chapters (acoustics, lighting) of the A3 book, which will form the basis of evaluation.

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Latest revision: 22/08/2021