Module Title:Building Services I
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Integrated projects in line with studio projects to develop student’s ability to recognize and illustrate application of various energy efficient services at site and building level. • Group/team work utilized to carryout case studies as appropriate. • Internal tests to assess student’s ability in understanding fundamental concepts and calculations through the module. • Lecture format utilized to provide theoretical instructions.
Module Aim: The aims of this module are • To introduce students to the discipline of Building Services Engineering • To develop students understanding and appreciation of building services at domestic scale and its implications on design and detailing of the building • To introduce the concept of sustainable development and role of building services to achieve the same. • Introduce students to building regulations in the context of building services
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 List a range of mechanical and electrical service installations for a house and apply drawing conventions to interpret various services in drawings
LO2 To carry out basic sizing calculations to establish space enclosure requirements to accommodate services in domestic buildings
LO3 Describe basic hot and cold water supply systems in domestic buildings.
LO4 illustrate and describe above and below ground drainage systems for domestic buildings.
LO5 Describe the features of an electrical installation and the factors which affect electrical safety in a building
LO6 Describe a typical natural or mechanical ventilation strategy for a building.
LO7 Identify causes and remedies to address condensation in buildings.
LO8 Identify building services which are energy efficient and support sustainable development.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

6672 SERV H1501 Building Services I
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Climate study and implications on building service designs
Elements of climate • Passive technology- introduction to day lighting and solar heat gain concepts. • Sustainable site development options
Condensation in buildings
Sources of moisture • Condensation in buildings • Introduction to ventilation and Indoor air quality in domestic dwellings • Natural and mechanical ventilation strategies for domestic buildings. • Mechanical heat recovery ventilation systems
Hot and Cold water supplies
• Cold water storage • Cold Water tank sizing and placement requirements • Hot Water Generation & Storage • Basic pipe sizing calculations • Basic hot Water cylinder sizing and placement requirements • Introduction to Solar hot water heating systems
Electrical Installations
• Fundamentals of electricity • Power distribution • Introduction to Single and three phase supply. • Introduction to solar Photovoltaic technology • Protective equipment • Electrical symbols and drawing conventions • Introduction to electrical appliances electrical accessories and enclosures, wiring systems, electrical distribution and circuits, cable systems and layout, earthing and bonding and protection
Sanitation and Drainage
• Drainage Systems above Ground • Waste and Soil Systems: Stacks, Sizes and Venting • Layouts and Schedules • Drainage Systems Below Ground • Foul Drains: Pipe runs, Access and venting • Drainage Works: trenches, pipe work • On-Site Effluent Treatment: domestic septic tanks • Surface Water Drains: Run-off and drainage systems • Drainage Layouts • Alternative methods of waste water management –Rain water harvesting, Grey water recycling, reed bed systems
Sustainable wastewater management
• Rain water harvesting, • Grey water recycling, • reed bed systems
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Class tests 2 10.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,4,5 30.00 Week 25
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Total Hours 150.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMARC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology 1 Mandatory
CW_CMART_D Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology 1 Mandatory