Module Title:Building Performance and Services 1
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 recognise and illustrate application of various energy efficient details and services at site and building level. • Group/teamwork used to encourage peer learning and to support case studies /group assignments as appropriate. • Internal tests to support student learning/revision of fundamental concepts and calculations through the module. • Lecture format used to provide theoretical instructions.
Module Aim: Building Performance Section: Introduce students to building performance measures/criteria to improve building comfort, safety and efficiency. Building services section: Introduce the student to Drainage and water supply services in domestic scale buildings. Integrate the building and its environment with the necessary mechanical utilities, and to harmonise the options with the various statutory regulations and sustainability principles. 
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss and explain the concept of building performance and criteria to assess building performance.
LO2 Explain the fundamental principles of energy efficient buildings and be able to apply theoretical concepts underpinning efficient site and building layout planning for domestic scale buildings
LO3 Discuss and identify types of drainage and water supply services in domestic buildings and be aware of the physical and statutory regulations/standards that govern their integration.
LO4 Recognise and Select appropriate types of renewable technologies for hot water usage, and sustainable drainage interventions to manage wastewater effectively in domestic buildings.
LO5 Apply graphic conventions to represent Drainage and water supply services specific to domestic scale buildings.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Building performance and criteria to assess building performance
Sustainability, Comfort, Ecology, Acoustics, carbon foot print and Running costs, Water tightness, Layout, Occupant satisfaction, accessibility, society etc
Energy efficiency and Energy distribution
Fundamentals of energy efficiency in buildings and typical energy distribution in domestic buildings
Passive design
Elements of climate • Site microclimate analysis, building form, orientation and internal layout planning, Landscape considerations, Passive technology- introduction to day lighting and solar heat gain concepts.
Drainage and Treatment Processes
• 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 site development options
Hot and Cold Water Supply
Domestic water supply considerations, various terminology used in the installation of a domestic water supply, procedure in installing a cold water supply to a domestic dwelling, including external works and penetration of the building structure, direct and indirect cold water supply systems, direct and indirect hot water supply systems, 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
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Building Performance project 1,2 30.00 n/a
Project Building Services project 3,4,5 30.00 n/a
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of semester exam 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Independent Learning Time 12 Weeks per Stage 3.33
Project 12 Weeks per Stage 3.33
Total Hours 128.00

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