Module Title:Building Services I
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Practical’s Private study
Module Aim: The aims of the module are: (1) give students a basic knowledge of the technology associated with the installation and operation of building services (2) to give the student an appreciation of how the building shell and the services are interlinked
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 To explain what a building service is and to examine how the building shell and the services are interlinked
LO2 To describe the services used to modify and protect the built environment
LO3 To describe the systems and installations that are used to provide building services and to describe how the services and systems are accommodated in buildings
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
(1) The Building (9 hours lectures)
(a) Climate (b) Zoning (c) Site characteristics and sustainability (d) The building envelope and design implications (e) Building shapes (f) The occupants and human comfort
(2) Principles of Heat (10 hours lectures, 10 hours tutorials)
(a) Heat Energy (b) Heat capacity and Density (c) Changes in state (d) Heat transfer methods (e) Insulating Materials and Thermal Bridges (f) Introduction to Elemental U-values Theory and calculations (g) Introduction to heat loss energy & calculations
(3) Electricity (6 hours lectures, 12 hours tutorials)
(a) Introduction to the physics of electricity (b) Basic electrical laws calculations (c) Electrical circuit calculations (d) Basic energy calculations
(4) Basic Ventilation Theory (10 hours lectures)
(a) The need for fresh air (b) Sources of fresh air (c) Introduction to types of ventilation
(5) Waste management & refuse services (6 hours lectures)
(a) Nature, storage and collection (b) Treatment, tipping, control, recycling (c) Hazardous waste, treatment, disposal
(6) Circulation Services (4 hours lectures)
(a) Circulation: horizontal, vertical, people, goods (b) Systems: lifts and escalators, types of elements (c) Installations: schedules and builders work
(7) Water Services (8 hours lectures)
(a) The water cycle (b) External Water Supply: Sources, Treatment and Storage (c) Internal Water Supply: Storage, water distribution and control (d) Internal Water Distribution: Mains, cold, hot and fire water service pipes (e) Recycling water systems (grey water) (f) Water meters
(8) Drainage Systems above Ground (7 hours lectures)
(a) Waste: Appliances, Plumbing and waste branches (b) Soil: Soil appliances, Plumbing and Soil branches (c) Waste and Soil Systems: Stacks, Sizes, falls and Venting (d) Layouts and Schedules (e) Sustainable drainage
(9) Drainage Systems below Ground (7 hours lectures)
(a) Foul Drains: Pipe runs, access and venting (b) Drainage Works: trenches, pipe work and testing (c) On-Site Effluent Treatment: domestic septic tanks (d) Surface Water Drains: Run-off and drainage systems (e) Layouts and Builders works
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,2,3 40.00 n/a
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3 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 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Total Hours 180.00