BUIL08004 2013 Building Science Tech 4A Eco Materials and Building Fabric

General Details

Full Title
Building Science Tech 4A Eco Materials and Building Fabric
Transcript Title
BST 4 Eco Materials and Fabric
N/A %
Subject Area
BUIL - Building Services
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Maeliosa O'Brien, Rowan Watson, Michael Roulston, Emmet O'Doherty, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1

The module will expand and develop on skills and knowledge gained in Building Science and Technology 3.  It will develop the notion of the integration of other technical disciplines to interior architecture.

Learning Outcomes

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


Apply the principles of sustainability and energy conservation and waste management.


Integrate concepts of construction detailing, regulations and standards for technical performance in design solutions for domestic and commercial interiors.


Evaluate the implications of siting, orientation, plan, form and detailing in design solutions.


Demonstrate an informed reflective judgment in the integration of results from performance data and sustainable issues into student's own design proposals.

Module Assessment Strategies

Teaching and Learning Modes:

Lectures and tutorials accompanied by related short exercises carried out in students' own time. Delivery synchronised with major design project.

Methods of Assessments:

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

Indicative Syllabus

This Module is split into two core themes as Follows:

Theme 01 Sustainable Construction Materials Theory and Practice

Lecture 01 What is sustainability and how do we define it? This lecture will discuss and explore the sway of empirical evidence highlighting the variation in the way people conceive of or understand its general concept.

Lectures 02 & 03 Sustainable Construction: These lectures will discuss energy efficiency in use as well as embodied energy of buildings, Material selection consumption of resources, models of assessing buildings and their materials for their sustainability credentials. What characteristics should we consider? Life cycle analysis, cradle to cradle, green washing etc.  

Lecture 04 Ecological Materials, Waste and Health.

Lecture 05 Selecting appropriate Construction materials.  

Theme 02 Building Fabric Analysis, Interior Assembly & Environmental Analysis

Lectures 06, 07 & 08 Understanding our Buildings: This lecture series will cover Conservation and Sustainability of our existing building stock, as well as Renovation and Retrofit focusing on building typologies such as traditional buildings (pre 1940) Recent buildings (1940 – 1980) Modern Buildings (1980 – 2000) Contemporary (2000 – Present) It will focus on ‘reading’ these buildings, the importance understanding their environmental as well as fabric performance in order to allow us to exploit their potential now and into the future. Finally construction typologies, Roof Construction, building defects as well as the effects of weather, siting, orientation, plan, form on a buildings form and Fabric.  

Lectures 09 & 10 Thermal Properties: This lecture series will focus on Heat Loss (Calculations and U-Value calculations) fabric efficiency and Energy Balance, Cold Bridging, Moisture, Humidity, Air tightness and breathability .  

Lectures 11 & 12 Will focus on Utilising ‘Therm’ Software which allows the student to model two-dimensional heat-transfer effects in building components such as windows, walls, foundations, roofs, and doors. This allows them to evaluate a building component its energy efficiency and local temperature patterns (of the element) which may relate directly to problems with condensation, moisture damage, and structural integrity.

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 4 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Architectural Studio Buildind Science and Technology 4 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Building Science and Technology 4 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Burberry, P, (1992), Environment and Services: Mitchell's Buildings Series, Longman Harlow, London.

Button, D & Pye, D, (1993), Glass in Building, Pilkington Glass / Butterworth

Dean, Y, (1994), Finishes, Mitchell's Buildings Series. Longman

Groak, S, (1992), The idea of Building, E & F Spon

Hunt, T, (1997), Structures Notebook, E & F Spon

Foster, J S & Greeno, R (2006) Mitchells Building Series:Structure and Fabric Vol 1 & 2, Materials, Internal Components, External Components, Prentice Hall

Riggs, R, (2007), Materials and Components of Interior Architecture, Prentice Hall


Other Resources


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