DSGN06082 2013 Building Science andTechnology 1 Environment and Materials

General Details

Full Title
Building Science andTechnology 1 Environment and Materials
Transcript Title
BST 1-Environment Materials
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Michael Roulston, Peter Scanlon, Rowan Watson
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

This  module will  provide a brief overview of the issues involved in the design and construction of sustainable built environments including site analysis, the behaviour of heat, light, sound and air circulation, human health and comfort , product selection and planetary impacts. It also provides a simple exploration of the properties, nature and environmental impacts of a variety of materials of which buildings are made.

Learning Outcomes

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


Elucidate the theories, concepts and context of sustainable building design and the principle of how, why and where buildings and their services consume energy.


Rationalise the main principles of designing for human health, comfort and well-being as they relate to heat, light & sound


Conduct a basic environmental site analysis.


Explain basic structural terminology and definitions, basic mechanisms of structural elements and the basic concepts behind the design of simple structural elements and structural systems.


Describe the variety, properties and typical usage of typical materials and finishes used in traditional and modern construction.

Module Assessment Strategies

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

Indicative Syllabus

Environmental Building Design-

Introduce the impact that the built environment has on the sustainability of our planet and its inhabitants providing a brief overview of the issues involved in the design and construction of sustainable built environments from product selection to planetary impacts.

Indicative syllabus.

  1. Climate change as an important context for sustainable development.
  2. Basic terminologies relating to heat, light, sound and energy.
  3. Site analysis: principles, process and terminologies relating to sun, light, wind, sound and the orientation of buildings.
  4. Climate, orientation, form, envelope and the admission of daylight and solar radiation
  5. Comfortable and healthy places to live and work: considering issues of light, temperature, indoor air quality and psychological aspects of buildings that affect health.

Material Technology-

An exploration of the basic properties, nature, environmental impacts and typical usage of a variety of materials used in modern construction and interiors including:

  1. An overview of a range of materials, including (metals, ceramics, polymers, natural materials, composite materials) used in the exterior and interior of typical modern buildings  which looks at mechanical, physical, thermal, optical, decorative, environmental, cultural, and economic properties.
  2. Sustainability in the specification of materials.
  3. A creative exploration of the assembly of a selection of materials which relate a design studio  project.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Continuous Assessment Project 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3
2 Continuous Assessment project structure &amp:::: materials Continuous Assessment Project 50 % OnGoing 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Studio practical projects and tutorials 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Classroom Flexible Seating lecture and demonstration 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Independent learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Other Resources


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

Ching, F.D.K; Adams, C., (2001), Building Construction Illustrated, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Ching, F,Onouye,B & Zuberbuhler, D (2009) Building Structures Illustrated, 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

Hunt, T. (2003), Tony Hunt's Structures Notebook, Architectural Press, Oxford.

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

Schittich C. (ed), (2008), In Detail: Interior Surfaces and Materials, Birkhauser, Boston.

Szokolay, S.V., (2008), Introduction to Architectural Science, Architectural Press, London.

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 YorkWines, J, (2000), Green Architecture, Taschen,Milan

Yeang, K, (1999), The Green Skyscraper: The Basis For Designing Sustainable Intensive Buildings, Prestel,Munich




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