Module Title:Building Performance and Services 4
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: To gain knowledge and understanding of the Domestic energy assessment procedure to establish building energy rating. To gain knowledge and understanding of M&E services specific to multistorey buildings. • Gain comprehensive understanding of building regulations that govern building services integration in multi storey buildings and large housing developments.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss Building energy rating and apply theoretical concepts and calculations underpinning the energy performance of existing buildings
LO2 Identify and apply principles and interventions appropriate for energy upgrade and refurbishment of existing buildings
LO3 Identify and apply various M&E services specific to multi storey buildings and application of physical and statutory regulations/standards that govern their integration.
LO4 Apply graphic conventions to represent various M&E services specific to larger housing developments and multistorey, medium scale buildings.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Domestic energy assessment procedure and calculations
General principles, Calculation procedures and conventions- dwelling dimensions, ventilation rates, Heat losses, Domestic hot water, lighting and internal heat gains, solar heat gains, Mean internal temperature and dwelling thermal mass, space heat use, Space heating requirements, total energy use.
Energy upgrade and conditions for recommendation
Attic insulation possibilities, Cavity wall insulation, External wall insulation, Internal wall insulation, Replacement windows, Heating upgrade, Heating controls, Ventilation, Draught proofing, Other secondary measures
Building services in multistorey buildings
• Electrical supply and distribution; this includes horizontal and vertical distribution and spatial allowances to accommodate the same. • Drainage: Foul water and surface water drainage systems for multi-storey structures ( • Water supply: Cold and hot water supply for multi-storey structures; Pump and pressure boosting systems; Design and planning considerations for pumps, tanks and toilet area.Gas supply and distribution in buildings Mechanical Transportation • Design and planning considerations for Passenger lifts, speeds and capacities, • lift shaft construction; escalators and travelators; Refuse disposal management • Refuse management in multi-storey buildings
Artificial Lighting
• Fundamental of natural and artificial lighting • Lamps • Types of light fittings • Lighting levels • Artificial lighting design
Sustainable site services
• Introduction to Sustainable urban drainage systems • Services layout plans for housing development • Basic sizing calculations for SUDS systems, • Sustainable wastewater management 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 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 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