BUIL07014 2013 Building Science Tech 3A Prototyping Assembly Structure and Specification

General Details

Full Title
Building Science Tech 3A Prototyping Assembly Structure and Specification
Transcript Title
Building Science Tech 3A
N/A %
Subject Area
BUIL - Building Services
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Maeliosa O'Brien, Michael Roulston, Emmet O'Doherty, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1 SG_JSCIE_X06 201400 Certificate

The module will expand and develop on skills and knowledge gained in Building Science and Technology 2. The learner will have further developed their understanding of structural strategies and their application to a variety of construction systems with particular focus on existing buildings. The learner will also produce basic structural calculations and finally they will prepare models and assembly drawings and reports, for the purpose of prototyping and analysing construction elements and their specification and application to a building context underpinned by Building regulations and policy.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Comprehensively apply construction/assembly prototypes to various aspects of the Design Studio 3 projects, design specification and case studies and impact of the Building Regulations on their application 


Analyse a variety of proposed and existing structural systems using diagrams and calculations


Calculate basic parameters in relation to simple structural elements


Formulate integrated structural solutions for existing and new buildings as applied to Design Studio 3 projects

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work mainly: essays, projects, presentations, debate

Indicative Syllabus

This Module is Divided into Three Themes:

01 Structure & Detailing Assembly

Application of structural design to Design Studio 3 projects- knowledge of material properties, strategies, sustainability and the effect this has on structural performance and selection/specification

Prototyping, Assembly & Detailing 

Key to this will be interventions into existing buildings, work in conjunction with structural analysis and material analysis. Design and application of envelope components building on the innate understanding of complex building typologies and technologies focusing on environmentally ethical material choices and sustainability/durability/recyclability.  An introduction to bespoke design detailing, application and assembly of Interior elements or building fabric and components.


This seriouse of lectures will allow for a detailed study of materials applied and integrated into a fit-out element/building component of Design Studio 3 projects- exploring choice, design, detailing, fixings, specification, sustainability and environmental impacts 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Project 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Building Science and Technology 3 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Architectural Studio Building Science and Technology 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio BST Projects 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

(In addition to stage 1, 2 and 3 reading list)

Ching, F,Onouye,B & Zuberbuhler, D (2009) Building Structures Illustrated, John Wiley & Sons, New York

Baker, N. (2009) The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment, RIBA Publishing, London

Bluyssen, P. (2009) The Indoor Environment Handbook, RIBA Publishing, London

Brown, G.Z. & DeKay, M. (2001), Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies John Wiley & Sons, New York

Daniels, K, (1998), Low-Tech Light-Tech High-Tech: Building In The Information Age, Birkhauser Publishers, Berlin.

Fordham, M, (2002), Environmental Design: An Introduction For Architects And Engineers Spon Press

McMullan, R. (2002), Environmental Science In Building Palgrave, London

Szokolay, S.V. (2005), Introduction To Architectural Science: The Basis Of Sustainable Design Architectural Press, Oxford

Riley,M & Cotgrave, A (2005), The Technology of refurbishment and maintenance, Palgrave, London.

Weaver,M (1997), Conserving buildings: A manual of techniques and materials, John Wiley & Sons, New York

Other Resources


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