Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: ALESSANDRO D'EMILIO

Expected Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding 

Providing skills for the design of new rural buildings by means of functional solutions appropriate to the specific uses, the reduction of environmental pollution and the protection of the rural territory and landscape.

Applying knowledge and understanding 

Ability to design a rural building.

Making judgements

Stimulating autonomous choices through the exposition of different solutions for each problem, in order to induce the student to elaborate original solutions as a synthesis of the proposed case studies.

Communication skills 

Improving the ability to interact with professionals through the acquisition of adequate technical terminology.

Learning skills 

Improving the ability to identify and deepen the main issue of each subject.

Course Structure

The course will take place through lectures and practice exercises.

Should the course be carried out by distance learning or in hybrid mode, the necessary changes could be introduced in order to comply with the program reported in the syllabus.

Learning assessment may also be carried out on line, should the conditions require it.

Information for students with disabilities and / or SLD

To guarantee equal opportunities and in compliance with the laws in force, interested students can ask for a personal interview in order to plan any compensatory and / or dispensatory measures, based on the didactic objectives and specific needs.

Students can also contact the CInAP (Center for Active and Participatory Integration - Services for Disabilities and / or SLD) referent professors of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment Prof. Anna De Angelis.

Required Prerequisites

Knowledge of technical physics fundamentals.

Attendance of Lessons

Course attendance is not compulsory. However, it is strongly recommended as it is helpful for both the student's learning process and an accurate merit assessment.

Detailed Course Content

1. The building process: design, construction and management.
Building materials for sustainable construction: materials of natural and healthy origin, from recycled and/or recyclable sources. Components of rural buildings.

2. Bioclimatic design and energy efficiency.
Passive solutions for controlling the microclimate within buildings.

3. Typological and functional characteristics of rural buildings
Livestock buildings: air quality and well-being for operators and animals. Freestall dairy cattle barns: identification of functional layout and space sizing. Barn cleaning and manure management.
Construction and plant characteristics of greenhouses.
Rural housing.

Textbook Information

1. Chiumenti R. Costruzioni rurali. Edagricole scolastica. 2004

Chiumenti R, Chiumenti P., Chiumenti A.Genio ruraleEdagricole scolastico2016885290171X

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Building materialsBook 1 - Chapter C1
2Components of a rural buildingBook 1 - Chapter C2
3Heat exchanges in buildingsBook 1 - Chapter C3
4Livestock buildings. Air quality and well-beingBook 1 - Chapter E1
5Dairy housesBook 1 - Chapter E2
6Animal manure managementBook 1 - Chapter E12
7Greenhouses: building and plant characteristicsBook 1 - Chapter E15
8Rural housingBook 1 - Chapter D1

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

The assessment of the knowledge will be done through an oral test that will include the drawing of simple design schemes.

Drafting design drawings of an infrastructure. The project must be endorsed in advance by the lecturer. Interview.
Evaluation of the student will be based on the following criteria: ability to learn and level of depth of the topics covered, property of synthesis and exposition, and the student's ability to reason.
Votes will be attributed according to the following scheme:
Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Significant shortcoming and inaccuracies
Analysis and synthesis skills: Irrelevant. Frequent generalizations. Inability to synthesize
Use of references: Completely inappropriate
Knowledge and understanding of the topic: At threshold level. Obvious imperfections
Analysis and synthesis skills: Barely sufficient ability
Use of references: Barely appropriate
Knowledge and understanding of the topicRoutine knowledge 
Analysis and synthesis skills: Is able to analyze and synthesize correctly. Argues logically and coherently
Use of references: Uses standard references
Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Good knowledge
Analysis and synthesis skills: Has good analysis and synthesis skills. Topics are expressed consistently
Use of references: Uses standard references
Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Knowledge more than good
Analytical and synthesis skills: Has considerable analytical and synthesis skills
Use of references: Has deepened the topics
Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Excellent knowledge
Analytical and synthesis skills: Has considerable ability to analyze and synthesize.
Use of references: Important insights.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises


Wood as a building material


Plastic materials

Insulating materials

Foundations of a building

Vertical closures

Horizontal closures

Thermal exchanges in buildings

Making a sketch of a functional area of a dairy house

Building characteristics of greenhouses

Greenhouse plants

Building schemes of rural housings