CONS06025 2019 Construction Technology and Maintenance

General Details

Full Title
Construction Technology and Maintenance
Transcript Title
Construction Technology and Ma
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Barrie Cox, Daniel Clark Hagan
Programme Membership
SG_SPROP_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Property Services and Facilities Management SG_SFACI_E06 202000 Certificate in Facilities Management

The module provides a detailed exploration into Construction Technology. It also provides an introduction to maintenance by examining the main trends currently emerging in the area.

The aim of the module is to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the need for the technologies and techniques required for upgrading and maintaining a range of buildings and their service, over their whole life.

Learning Outcomes

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


Assess the technologies and techniques required for upgrading and maintaining a range of buildings and their services


Demonstrate a knowledge of and explain the regulatory requirements and best practices relating to a property's life-cycle


Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the need for building modernisation


Identify and define the concepts of intelligent buildings (IBs) and the opportunities offered by the application of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS)


Identify, then compare and contrast the functional requirements, installation methods and selection of Building Services


Recognise and demonstrate an appreciation of the need for systems and materials to reduce the environmental impact of construction work


Assess and provide and provide advice on the; refurbishment, upgrading and retrofitting of buildings


Undertake a building survey, form a comprehensive report, making recommendations relating to defects and potential improvements, state observations about and make recommendations in relation to TGD’s

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques.

This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and work based learning where relevant along with guest lectures and augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material and additional resources).

Moodle will also be further used as a means of assessment, utilising online quizzes, for the uploading of assignments and reports.

This multi-faceted, blended approach of; lectures, workshops and online resources fosters collaborative student learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (60%), continuous assessment and course work (40%).

The continuous assessment and course work will involve one assignment where students will be required to;

  1. Undertake a building survey. Form a comprehensive report, making recommendations relating to defects and potential improvements, state observations about and make recommendations in relation to TGD’s and formulate a maintenance plan.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems

Building Defects – Types, Causes and Remedies

Building operation Systems – Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and their effect on FM

Building Regulations – Relevant Technical Guidance Documents

Building Services – Accommodation for Building Services, Air Conditioning, Drainage,

Fire Safety Systems, Mechanical and Electrical installations, Sanitary Fitments and Appliances: Discharge and Waste Systems, Utilities, Ventilation, Water Supply.

Building Surveys – Methods, recording of information and report writing

Demolition / Deconstruction – decision to demolish, methods and waste management

Maintenance – Maintenance Strategies, Maintenance Management and types of Maintenance and how maintenance and FM are interlinked

Refurbishment – Building upgrades and retrofitting

Sustainable Construction – Design, development and environmental impact

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Building Survey and Report Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,5,8

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Tiered Classroom Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Flat Classroom Learning Workshop 0.16 Weekly 0.16
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Learning 13.84 Weekly 13.84
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.16 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Distance Learning Suite Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Flat Classroom Learning Workshop 0.16 Weekly 0.16
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Learning 10.84 Weekly 10.84
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.16 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-01-28 Building Surveys Routledge
ISBN 9780415635844 ISBN-13 9780415635844

BRAND NEW, perfect condition.

Required Reading
2011-01-21 Building Surveys and Reports 4e Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405197617 ISBN-13 9781405197618

Title: Building Surveys and Reports <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Douglas, James <>Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Required Reading
2016-04-01 Building Condition Surveys: A Practical and Concise Introduction RIBA Publishing
ISBN 1859466192 ISBN-13 9781859466193
Required Reading
2009-08-10 Refurbishment and Repair in Construction Whittles Publishing
ISBN 1904445551 ISBN-13 9781904445555

Refurbishment and repair accounts for approximately 50 per cent of annual construction turnover. It is therefore essential that practitioners and those students who aspire to work in this sector are equipped with the best tools to do the job. A companion to 'Site Engineers Manual', this title fills this gap in construction literature.

Required Reading
1994-08-31 Building Maintenance and Preservation: A Guide for Design and Management Architectural Press
ISBN 9780750609005 ISBN-13 9780750609005
Required Reading
2015-02-19 Construction Project Manager's Pocket Book (Routledge Pocket Books) Routledge
ISBN 0415732395 ISBN-13 9780415732390

Construction Project Manager's Pocket Book

Required Reading
2000-01 Materials in Construction Pearson Education
ISBN 0582368898 ISBN-13 9780582368897

This text includes an overview of performance characteristics and standards for many materials. It reviews material properties, and examines modes of deterioration while emphasising preventative techniques and remedial treatment.

Required Reading
2007-08-07 Building Pathology: Principles and Practice Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405161035 ISBN-13 9781405161039

This book provides a well illustrated introduction to the discipline of building pathology, bridging the gap between current approaches to the surveying of buildings and the detailed study of defect diagnosis, prognosis and remediation. It features a number of case studies and a detailed set of references and further reading.

Required Reading
2009-05-28 Refurbishment and Upgrading of Buildings Routledge
ISBN 0203879163 ISBN-13 9780203879160
Required Reading
1997-06-20 Building Services, Technology and Design (CIOB Textbooks) Routledge
ISBN 9780582279414 ISBN-13 9780582279414

Provides a concise guide to the installation and design of principal services in domestic and commercial buildings. This book covers the level 2 module of The CIOB's Education Framework and is officially sanctioned by the CIOB as the recognised book for that module.

Required Reading
2005-07-14 Construction Technology Prentice Hall
ISBN 9780131286429 ISBN-13 9780131286429

Covers the basic elements of substructure (site works, setting out and foundations) and superstructure (flooring and roofs, simple finishes, fittings and fixtures). This book is useful to students of construction crafts courses, whether they are on GNVQ, BTEC HNC/D or degree programmes in construction or related sectors.

Required Reading
2006-07-13 Advanced Construction Technology Prentice Hall
ISBN 013201985X ISBN-13 9780132019859

Includes references to Building and Construction Regulations, British and European Standards. This book offers information on the aspects of higher energy efficient standards, and considers construction processes and procedures to include site works, plant and equipment, sub-structures and temporary work, superstructure, demolition and formwork.

Required Reading
2009-03-09 Building Services Handbook: Incorporating Current Building & Construction Regulations A Butterworth-Heinemann Title
ISBN 9781856176262 ISBN-13 9781856176262

Suitable for students on general construction and building services courses, this work summarises the application of the common elements of building services practice, technique and procedure. It contains information on water system components, control systems for hot water and heating, ventilation and air conditioning and drainage.

Required Reading
2009-01-23 Construction Planning, Programming and Control Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 9781405183802 ISBN-13 9781405183802

This book offers a clear explanation of the principles and practice of construction planning, programming and control during the preparation and construction stages of a project. The book is written in the context of current procurement and contractual arrangements and JCT2005, NEC3 and ICE7 contracts are covered. The statutory framework within which construction projects must be managed is explained and the topic of construction hazard and risk is covered in detail. A variety of programming techniques are explained and the development of safe construction sequences and methods is particularly emphasised. The control of time, money and resources are considered in a risk management context and a complete chapter is devoted to cash flow.The third edition has been extensively updated and extended to include new materials on: * Hazard identification * Risk assessment * Health and safety management * CDM 2007 * Construction sequences and method statements * Delay analysis * Waste management and Site Waste Management Plans The final three chapters are devoted to individual case studies which have been selected to illustrate the practical application of the principles explained in the book and to provide examples of current procedures adopted by major contractors. The content is designed to provide a clear and comprehensive text for undergraduates on construction management, surveying and civil engineering degree courses.

Required Reading
1999-08-01 Environmental Code of Practice for Buildings and Their Services BSRIA
ISBN 0860225240 ISBN-13 9780860225249
Required Reading
2009-02-14 CIBSE Guide H: Building Control Systems Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
ISBN 1906846006 ISBN-13 9781906846008
Required Reading
2006-07-01 Energy Efficiency in Buildings (CIBSE Guide) Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
ISBN 1903287340 ISBN-13 9781903287347
Required Reading
2007-05-04 Environmental Science in Building (Building and Surveying Series) Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 0230525369 ISBN-13 9780230525368

This clear text studies the science, technology and services that relate to the comfort of humans and the environmental performance of buildings. Topics are arranged for easy reading, and assume a minimum experience of science and mathematics. This edition has been revised in line with new regulations, up-to-date practice and world-wide trends.

Required Reading
2006-03-15 Building Adaptation, Second Edition Routledge
ISBN 0750666676 ISBN-13 9780750666671

Intended as a primer on the physical changes that can affect older properties, this book demonstrates the general principles, techniques, and processes needed when existing buildings must undergo alteration, conversion, extension, improvement, or refurbishment. It includes numerous illustrations and examples that focus on different building types.

Required Reading
2010-02-08 Building Construction Handbook Routledge
ISBN 1856178056 ISBN-13 9781856178051

Full of detailed drawings that illustrate the construction of building elements, this title explains the principles and processes of construction with the concepts of design included where appropriate. It also includes further material on energy conservation, sustainable construction, environmental and green building issues.

Required Reading
2011-04-13 Building Services Handbook Routledge
ISBN 9780080969824 ISBN-13 9780080969824

Required Reading
Building Regulations Technical Guidance Documents. Dublin. Stationery Office

Required Reading
2014-06-23 Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118255490 ISBN-13 1118255496

Robin Barry's Construction of Buildings was first published in 1958 in 5 volumes, rapidly becoming a standard text on construction. In its current 2 volume format Barry remains hugely popular with both students and lecturers of construction and related disciplines. The third edition of Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings expands and deepens your understanding of construction technology. It covers the construction of larger-scale buildings (primarily residential, commercial and industrial) constructed with load bearing frames, supported by chapters on fit-out and second fix, lifts and escalators, off-site construction and a new chapter on building obsolescence and revitalisation. Functional and performance requirements of the main building elements are emphasised throughout, as is building efficiency and meeting the challenges of limiting the environmental impact of buildings. You will find the text fully up to date with the latest building regulations and construction technologies. The new edition, with supporting material at, is an ideal information source for developing a wider and deeper understanding of construction technology.

Required Reading
2017-05-26 The Illustrated Guide to Mechanical Building Services
ISBN 0860227588 ISBN-13 9780860227588

This publication is an update to BG 31/2012 and as with the previous edition provides basic reference information on mechanical building services systems for construction clients and professionals in other areas of the construction industry.This guide covers the key areas of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and controls and since the previous edition of this guide, information has been added on:pumpspipeworkvalvesheat networksgas systemsductworkair handling unitscommissioningFor construction clients, the guide provides a simple insight into the main system options discussed during the briefing process. It can also help clients to identify and raise technical questions which they feel are relevant to their organisation's specific needs. For construction professionals, the guide provides a quick reference to building services systems.To ensure the guide is simple and quick to use, a brief overview of each system is provided, followed by a list of key points. Photographs and simple drawings are used to help explain the appearance and operation of each system.

Required Reading
BSRIA Guide BG 32/2014 Illustrated guide to electrical building services. 3rd edition BSRIA

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