Module Title:Building Services II
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures projects Private study
Module Aim: The aim of Building Services 2 is (1) to give students a basic knowledge of the technology associated with the installation and operation of building services and (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 describe the services used to modify and protect the built environment
LO2 to describe the systems and installations used to provide these services
LO3 to apply design criteria to the systems and installations used to provide these services
LO4 to describe how these services and systems are accommodated in buildings
LO5 To assess the fire safety of a building and its occupants in relation to protection and evacuation
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
U-Values (12 hours)
(a) Part L Building Regulation requirements and benchmarks (b) CIBSE Guides specifications (c) Elemental and fractional U-values Theory and calculations (d) Overall U-values Theory and calculations
Thermal Comfort and Space heating (12 hours)
(a) Thermal comfort (b) Heat Loss Theory and calculations (c) Offsetting heat loss methods (d) Heating systems installations and layouts
Basic Ventilation Theory (12 hours)
(a) Natural Ventilation, the stack effect and atria (b) Types of mechanical ventilation systems (c) Basic ventilation calculations
Electrical Services (12 hours)
(a) Electrical circuits - ring, radial and lighting (b) Electrical distribution –switchboards, switch rooms, distribution boards, busbars, metering, switches, sockets, cables types and sizes, cable trays, conduits and trunking. (c) Electrical protection – MCBs, RCDs, RCBOs, fuses (d) Electrical equipment in hazardous areas (e) Alarms – fire and security (f) Electrical fuse sizing calculations
Water Supply (12 hours)
(a) Cold water storage tank sizing (b) Mains, cold, hot and fire water service pipe sizing (c) Hot water storage tank or calorifier sizing (d) Rain and grey water harvesting
Water Drainage (12 hours)
(a) Soils and Waste water pipe sizing (b) Roof drainage (c) downpipe sizing (d) Underground drainage pipe sizing (e) SUDS - sustainable urban drainage systems
Fire Services (24 hours)
(a) Fire: principles: propagation of fire, methods of fire spread, fire loads, the fire triangle (c) Fire fighting equipment and installations: extinguishers, water based equipment, alarms and detection, emergency lighting and signposting (d) Evacuations: staff training, evacuation routes design, travel distances and protection, stair widths and design (e) Site fire safety: evacuations, arson, hot work permits
Security (12 hours)
(a) Barriers systems (b) Detection systems (c) Alarms and CCTV (d) Security personnel: internal and external security personnel recruitment, access control methods, security personnel legislation
Mobility and Access for All (12 hours)
(a) TGD Part M (b) services for disabled
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 Sem 1 End
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 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 4.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 4.67
Total Hours 260.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMFAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Facilities and Building Services Management 3 Mandatory
CW_CMQSU_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying 3 Mandatory
CW_CMBSE_D Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with Buildings Services 3 Mandatory