Module Title:Building Performance and Services 5
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
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 examine different processes involved in the energy performance rating of non-domestic buildings. The requirements of non-domestic BERs based on the current EU and Irish legislation The aims of building services section: •  To make students aware of the extensive range of energy efficient specialized services for modern buildings to improve overall building performance
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss Building energy rating and apply theoretical concepts/calculations underpinning the energy performance of Non-domestic buildings
LO2 Embed energy and performance analysis into the heart of the design process using Integrated environmental assessment tools for non domestic buildings
LO3 Recognise and choose specialised M&E services specific to modern specialised buildings and apply physical and statutory regulations/standards that govern their integration
LO4 Apply graphic conventions to represent the various specialised M&E services specific to larger scale buildings.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Ventilation and air conditioning
• Fundamentals of HVAC • Types of Air conditioning systems and their applications in buildings • Spatial and physical requirements to accommodate a HVAC system in buildings
Smart buildings/technologies
• Characteristic features of smart buildings and introduction to Structured cabling systems, Direct digital controls, High band width communication infrastructure, Smart metering technologies, Advanced lighting and HVAC controls. • Areas of application for different control systems-time based controls, temperature based controls and lighting controls.
Security and fire protection
• Intruder alarm systems • Detection devices and sensors • Introduction to fire triangle and fire equipment. • Fire detection and alarm systems • Fire management services, Permanent fire protection building installations
Energy Assessment Procedures
Energy Ratings of Buildings DEAP (Dwelling energy assessment procedure), NEAP (Non-domestic Energy Assessment Procedure) & use of SBEM, EN 16001 Energy Management, European Energy Manger/ Certified Energy Manager principles
NEAP methodology, Part L structure, collation of data for analysis, utilize SBEM software to assess compliance and energy performance. evaluation of results, analyze software calculation mechanisms and structure, Legislation National & European legislative environment, EPBD Recast, Cost Optimal Framework, NZEB definitions, SI 666 and accompanying Technical Guidance Document (Part L), Energy Performance Techniques Overview of energy performance techniques applicable to building technology and energy systems, comparison of different international approaches, study of benchmarks for building industry (NZEB, Passive house, Part L), PHPP Rating system structure, NZEB, Passive house theory and technology, analysis of main pillars of energy performance (heating & cooling load data, climate data, ventilation performance), completion of basic energy modelling using PHPP, software inputs & outputs, evaluation of results
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

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 6 Mandatory
CW_CMART_D Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology 6 Mandatory