Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Architecture and Arts :: Architecture ( Integrated Master)

Versao Portuguesa


3º curricular year
Semestralidade: 2nd semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutor Luís Marques Pinto
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutor Luís Marques Pinto

Class type and School hours

Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

Raise awareness for the fact that the impending crisis – due to the continuous reduction of the amount of oil available – should stimulate the demand for other energy sources and its preservation in all stages of construction and utilization of the buildings.
Raise awareness for the fact that the buildings should be energetic self sufficient and participate more and more efficiently in the clean energy production.

Specific Aims/Objectives

Raise awareness for the fact that the challenge humanity faces about the environmental changes – triggered partially by the construction’s and industrial production’s footprint – can only be exceed trough sustainable development.
Raise awareness among the students for the consumption factors of a building and the main parameters of Passive Architecture.

Skills to be acquired

Acquisition of a respectful environmental awareness and the comprehension that sustainability is a world transdisciplinary ideal.
Knowledge of the main Passive Architecture parameters.
Usage of solar charts, in Passive Architecture and in Bioclimatic Architecture.

Teaching Procedures

The classes should raise learning, discussion, debate and, above all, questioning of the students about the absolute need to preserve the environment and the natural resources. Texts, pictures and eventually drawings will be used.


Environment and sustainability.
Environmental Laws, in Portugal.
The desirable integration of sectorial policies in a sustainable development.
The risk created in the environment and in ecology that comes from the development focused on economic growth.
The social development as a necessary condition for sustainable development.
The foundations of social development.
The precautionary principle in assessing the impact of human intervention in the environment.
Sustainability and the preservation of natural resources.
The environmental problems related with the intensive use of the automobile.
Social and environmental costs in the construction of fast traffic roads.
Sustainability, accessibility, mobility and hierarchy of the means of transport in cities.
Passive Architecture.
The main parameters of Passive Architecture.
Control of insolation of the facades facing south.
Solar Geometry.
The usage of solar charts in Passive Architecture and in Bioclimatic Architecture.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation will follow what is specified in the University’s General Evaluation Agreement. Besides the frequency examination and the test examination, there will be periodically evaluations having into account two written tests. Other factors, such as, the participation in the lessons and the research made by the students, will be taken into account as well.

Teaching Resources

It will be frequent the usage of informatics, diverse bibliography, reflexive texts, drawings, photographs and cartography.


Passive Architecture
Bioclimatic Architecture

Main Bibliography

Author RODRIGUES, Valdemar J.
Title Desenvolvimento Sustentável: uma introdução crític
Edition 1ª edição
Place Parede
Editor Princípia
Year 2009
Author WAKEFORD, Tom; MARTIN, Walters
Title Ciência para a Terra - pode a ciência criar um mun
Edition 1ª edição
Place Lisboa
Editor Terramar
Year 1998
Author WASSOUF, Micheel
Title PASSIVHAUS - A arquitetura passiva em climas quent
Place Barcelona
Editor Editorial Custavo Gili
Year 2014

Complementary Bibliography

Author PARTIDÁRIO, Maria do Rosário; PINHO, P.
Title Guia de Apoio ao Regime de Avaliação de Impacte Am
Edition 1ª edição
Place Lisboa
Editor Ministério do Ambiente e do Ordenamento do Territó
Year 2000
Author SNELL, Clarke; CALLAHAN, Tim
Title Building Green - A complete how-to guide to altern
Edition 2.ª ed.
Place New York
Editor Lark Books
Year 2009