CONS07051 2019 Building Services

General Details

Full Title
Building Services
Transcript Title
Building Services
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Owen Feeney, Daniel Clark Hagan
Programme Membership
SG_CCONS_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Construction in Construction Management SG_SDIGI_E07 202000 Certificate in Science in Digital Construction Technology

This Module provides an introduction to M&E, HVAC and drainage building services technology and building systems.
It will provide learners with some understanding of building services technology within the built environment.
This module aims to further develop and deepen the learner’s understanding of the building services elements and components which combine to complete an efficient and functioning building.
This includes an understanding of the relationship between the architectural and civil engineering disciplines and the building services discipline.
It will provide the learner with an awareness of the range of options best suited to the building’s use and for end-user comfort.

Learning Outcomes

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


Apply and use their developed knowledge to discuss the importance of green technologies to building services.


Assess and explain the functions, principles and environmental constraints of services in buildings.


Demonstrate the application of the building regulations, relevant to building services, for a construction project.


Explain the theory of the application of services to a building.


Identify the importance and practical application of science to building services.

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 online quiz at mid-term and one assignment where students will be required to;

Provide a Building Survey report which demonstrates the student's ability to carry out a survey and critically evaluate and make recommendations on the buildings services.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

Accommodation for Building Services.

Alternative and Renewable Energy systems.

Cold Water and Supply Systems.

Drainage Systems, Sewage Treatment and waste disposal.

Electrical Supply and Installations.

Fire Prevention and Control Services.

Fuel Characteristics and Storage.

Gas Installation, Components and Controls.

Green Technologies.

Heating Systems.

Hot Water Supply Systems.

Sanitary Fitments and Appliances: Discharge and Waste Systems.

Ventilation and air Conditioning.

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 Report Continuous Assessment Individual Project 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Moodle Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012 The Illustrated Guide to Mechanical Building Services
ISBN 086022709X ISBN-13 9780860227090

This illustrated guide provides basic reference on mechanical building services systems for construction clients and professionals in other areas of the construction industry. The systems covered are heating, ventilation, air conditioning and controls.

Required Reading
2005 The Illustrated Guide to Electrical Building Services
ISBN 0860226530 ISBN-13 9780860226536

Covering wireless local area networks, solar photovoltaics and flywheel generation technologies, this book presents illustrated basic reference information on electrical building services systems for construction clients and professionals. It also covers power supplies and controls, fire detection and alarm systems, security systems, and more.

Required Reading
2010-06 Building Services Job Book
ISBN 0860226816 ISBN-13 9780860226819
Required Reading
2009 Building Surveys Elsevier
ISBN 9781856176064 ISBN-13 1856176061

Since the first edition was published in 1983, Building Surveys has been the core text in its field for students and professionals alike. Covering everything needed for initial inspections such as equipment, know-how and procedures to writing an accurate report, this book is a proven indispensable guide. It considers all the structural elements required when surveying a property for example, foundations, walls and roofs as well as what to look out for and how to deal with it. Legal considerations and recent cases are used to illustrate good working practice making this a comprehensive text to this important subject. * Based on real-life experience of professional surveyors * Covers knowledge, techniques and equipment needed to inspect and report on a range of properties * Legal and regulatory requirements fully updated and explained including the changed circumstances in relation to the governments Home Information Packs and in particular the relegation of the Home Condition Report to the status of optional, rather than obligatory, part of the pack. * Claims against surveyors has resulted in the much greater us of action paragraphs in surveyors reports and new to this edition the specimen report in the book has been re-written to reflect this * Additional colour photographs have been added which improve the readability and look of the book and enhance the text.

Required Reading
2007 Environmental Science in Building Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN 0230525369 ISBN-13 9780230525368

This clear, accessible and very popular textbook studies the science, technology and services that relate to the comfort of humans and the environmental performance of buildings. It will be useful to students and practitioners of architecture, construction studies, building services, surveying, and environmental science at all levels. Topics are arranged for easy reading and learning, and assume a minimum experience of science and mathematics. Worked examples are explained in a step-by-step fashion, and facts and formulas are made accessible for easy reference. This sixth edition has been thoroughly revised in line with new regulations, up-to-date practice and world-wide trends.

Required Reading
1997 Building Services, Technology and Design Routledge
ISBN 0582279410 ISBN-13 9780582279414

One in a series of textbooks produced in association with the CIOB, this is a concise guide to the installation and design of principal services in domestic and commercial buildings.

Required Reading
2009 Building Services Handbook Routledge
ISBN 9781856176262 ISBN-13 1856176266

* Ideal for students on general construction and building services courses * Each topic presented concisely using plain language and clear drawings * Incorporates updated references to relevant regulations and practice standards * Includes established and contemporary practice * Website resources available Building Services Handbook summarises the application of all common elements of building services practice, technique and procedure, to provide an essential information resource for students as well as practitioners working in building services, building management and the facilities administration and maintenance sectors of the construction industry. Information is presented in the highly illustrated and accessible style of the best-selling companion title Building Construction Handbook. This new edition contains extended information on water system components, control systems for hot water and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, drainage, gas appliance flues and further examples of design calculations. It has been revised and expanded to take into account recent amendments to the Building Regulations Approved Documents and guidance from British and European Standards. Online lecture facilities include PowerPoint slides illustrating a selection of services areas, providing key diagrams for use with presentations and handouts. THE comprehensive reference for all construction and building services students, Building Services Handbook is ideal for a wide range of courses including NVQ and BTEC National through Higher National Certificate and Diploma to Foundation and three-year Degree level. The clear illustrations and complementary references to industry Standards combine essential guidance with a resource base for further reading and development of specific topics. Roger Greeno is a well-known author of construction texts. He has extensive practical and consultancy experience in the industry, in addition to lecturing at several colleges of further and higher education, and the University of Portsmouth. He has also examined for City & Guilds, Edexcel, the Chartered Institute of Building and the University of Reading. Fred Hall's books on Building Services have helped thousands of students gain their qualifications and pass exams. He was formerly a Senior Lecturer at Guildford College. * Ideal for students on general construction and building services courses * Each topic presented concisely using plain language and clear drawings * Incorporates updated references to relevant regulations and practice standards * Includes established and contemporary practice * Website resources available

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
2011-01-31 Building Surveys and Reports Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405197617 ISBN-13 9781405197618

This book provides guidance on building survey work for typical residential, commercial and industrial buildings, with advice on how to diagnose a wide range of defects. It considers both modern and older construction methods, together with new and traditional materials. The particular problems of alteration and renovation work are discussed, with guidance on how to carry out measured surveys. A separate chapter covers survey problems after flood and fire damage, and the legal section takes account of recent developments in case law relating to inspections and surveys of properties. This new edition continues to provide a thorough treatment of all the key issues relating to surveying buildings, dealing with the problems that surveyors are likely to encounter when inspecting buildings. Changes for the new edition include: Examples and references have been updated Evaluation of condition rating systems for domestic and commercial buildings A new section on the home condition reports More information on slate defects Bibliography revised and expanded, to make it more comprehensive Additional appendix showing the home condition report format

Required Reading
2006 Advanced Construction Technology, Chudley & Greeno,2006 Pearson Education
ISBN 013201985X ISBN-13 9780132019859

Advanced Construction Technology offers a comprehensive, practical, illustrative guide to many aspects of construction practice used for industrial and commercial buildings.

Required Reading
20/09/2019 CIBSE Guide H: Building Control Systems Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

Required Reading
20/06/2019 Energy Efficiency in Buildings (CIBSE Guide) Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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Journal Resources

CIBSE Journal

Building Services Engineering Research and Technology