Module Title:Building Performance and Services 3
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Integrated projects in line with studio projects to develop student’s ability to recognize and illustrate application of various energy efficient details and services at site and building level. • Group/teamwork utilized to carryout case studies as appropriate. • Internal tests to support student learning/revision of fundamental concepts and calculations through the module. • Lecture format utilized to provide theoretical instructions.
Module Aim: The aim of the module is to develop understanding of theoretical concepts and parameters that underpin the energy performance of new domestic buildings and learn techniques in calculating building energy performance. Building services section: • To gain knowledge and understanding of M&E services specific to medium scale buildings. • Gain comprehensive understanding of building regulations that govern building services integration in medium scale buildings
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Apply theoretical concepts and parameters that underpin energy performance in new domestic buildings
LO2 Explain Building energy rating and Domestic energy assessment procedures that affect energy rating of new domestic buildings
LO3 Identify and choose M&E services specific to medium scale buildings and apply physical and statutory regulations/standards that govern their integration.
LO4 Apply graphic conventions to represent various M&E services specific to medium scale buildings.
LO5 Explain and choose appropriate renewable technologies that can be used to meet energy load requirements in small scale buildings and larger developments
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Energy performance in domestic buildings
• Passive House facade details • Construction heat bridges • High energy efficient windows • Air-tightness and Blower Door Test (demonstration) • Thermography (demonstration) • Summer comfort
Thermal performance of Building Fabric
Thermal comfort, Energy transfer in Buildings, Energy Balance, Thermal effects in buildings, Heat transfer mechanisms Concept of Heat gain and heat loss in buildings • , Thermal insulation, thermal bridges & airtightness , Economics of optimal thermal performance
Heating systems and distribution
•Space heating fundamentals • Heating systems for non domestic buildings, Introduction to boiler sizing, basic fuel considerations • Introduction to Low, medium and high pressure hot water heating systems • Heat emitters and heating controls • Renewable technologies suitable for space heating, CHP • District heating; Biomass technologies, heat pumps, etc.
Alternate Renewable Technologies
Types of alternate energy sources- wind energy, microgeneration, micro hydro power, ocean energy, tidal energy, wave energy, fuel cell technology. Study of each source of energy under • Principles of operation.suitability and applications of systems
Gas supply and telecommunication infrastructure
Gas supply and telecommunication infrastructure for domestic and commercial buildings. Guidelines to integrate these services at site and building levels, pipes sizes and runs, etc.
Assessment Breakdown%
Project60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Project
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 n/a 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 End-of-Semester

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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