ST-83 Technological Products and Subassemblies in Contemporary Architecture

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture
4th Year, sem 1, 2020-2021 | Optional Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 2
Technical Sciences
Course Leader:
prof.dr.arh. Ana Maria Dabija
Learning outcomes:

Today in Romania the use of technologies in order to achieve buildings should take into account the current state of knowledge in this area internationally, as well as the specific conditions concerning the overall concept, level of knowledge, technology, performance, durability and reliability of the finished product. Technological building components are available for a wide range of specific areas of application, from structural to the items/products for finishing and are passing through a vast range of products and technologies in the field of installations. The course aims to develop the technological sub-assemblies from the approach principles and constituent products, to their integration into concrete solutions.


Introduction. Contemporary design philosophies: sustainable, bioclimatic, de-growth
Performant products for constructions and their use in specific technological sub-assemblies
Organic materials for constructions and their use in specific technological sub-assemblies
Smart materials and their integration into constructive technological sub-assemblies
Passive buildings. History. Classification. Principles of implementation
Active buildings. History. Classification. Principles of implementation
Technological sub-assemblies: Green Facades: History. Classification. Principles of implementation. Examples
Technological sub-assemblies: Green Roofs: History. Classification. Principles of implementation. Examples
Use of solar energy. Thermosolar. Photovoltaic. Principles and areas of use. Examples
The integration of solar systems in buildings.
Technological sub-assemblies: Curtain Walls. History. Classification. Principles of implementation
Technological sub-assemblies: Curtain Walls. Specific systems (”stick”, „unit”, „shadowbox”, ”double skin” etc).
Case studies: domestic buildings
Case studies: administrative buildings, office buildings

Teaching Method:

Theoretical courses, backed by private invited specialists in specific areas of design and construction, illustrated with images; discussion on case studies.
Course support in electronic format. Illustrative Material. Thematic literature. Bibliographical selection.


The evaluation of the course is made by delivering an individual study paper in the examination session, with a theme in accordance with the course. The presence of the students in at least 50% of the didactic activities of the course is a compulsory preliminary request in order to be accepted in the exam


Ana-Maria Dabija, "Sisteme performante pentru fațade", Editura Universitară ‘Ion Mincu’ 2004
Ana-Maria Dabija, Anamaria Mortu, Laura Buzatu, Silviu Gheorghe "Sisteme fotovoltaice în arhitectură" Editura Universitară ‘Ion Mincu’ 2010
Normativ MDRT: "Proiectarea fațadelor cu alcătuire ventilată" (responsabil de lucrare A-M Dabija)
Ghid MDRT: "Proiectarea și execuția acoperișurilor verzi la clădiri noi și existente" (responsabil de lucrare A-M Dabija)
Allen E. "Architectural Detailing" John Wiley& Sons 1993
P.Wagner "Handbuch für Entwurf, Konstruktion & Montage von vorgehängten, hinterlüfteten Fassaden" 1997
Button, Pye "Glass in buildings" 1993
Klaus Daniels, “The Technology of Ecological Buildings” Birkhauser 1994
Michelle Addington and Daniel L Schodeck "Smart Materials and New Technologies" Architectural Press. 2004
J. Carmody, S. Selkowitz, D. Arasteh & L. Heschong. "Residential Windows A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance" W.W. Norton & Company, 2007
Vidar Lerum "Performance Buildings" John Wiley& Sons 2008
Friedrich Sick, Thomas Erge "Photovoltaics in Buildings: A Design Handbook for Architects and Engineers" International Energy Agency 2008
Chiel Boonstra "Solar Energy in Building Renovation", Iea Solar Heating and Cooling (Shc Programme 1997
Stuart R Wenham, Martin A Green, Muriel E Watt, Richard Corkish "Applied Photovoltaics", Earthscan 2007
Christian Schittich "Building Skins: Concepts, Layers, Materials" Birkhauser 2001
Technical articles on the theory included in journals