DSGN06084 2013 Building Science andTechnology 2b Environment and Materials

General Details

Full Title
Building Science andTechnology 2b Environment and Materials
Transcript Title
BST2b:Enviro and 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 develops three thematic areas- i) Structure –An introduction to a range of basic structural systems, strategies and material choices. Introduction to existing structural systems, defects, failures and possible interventions. ii) Environmental Building Design-The use of basic manual calculations and analysis. Exploration of building performance- comfort, health and energy efficiency. The principles behind current low energy solutions to servicing strategies. Exploration of basic structural elements and the integration of building services. iii) Materials, detailing & Assembly-A more detailed exploration of the properties, nature and environmental impacts of a variety of materials, fixings and assembly techniques used in contemporary construction and interiors.

Learning Outcomes

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


Rationalise the main principles of passive design and discuss constructively the collection, storage, distribution, and utilisation of energy in passive strategies.


Explain the principles of architectural physics through their application to simple spaces and forms using basic numerical and graphical procedures


Propose day-lighting, heating and cooling strategies appropriate to a specific site and brief, identifying influences for a healthy and comfortable building environment.


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


Give details about materials, strategies, elements and fire as applied to the basic analysis, design and selection of simple structural systems.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes individual work, mainly essays, projects, tests presentations, and debate.

Indicative Syllabus

Materials, detailing & Assembly-

  1. Students are introduced to the practical implications of a range of standard structural strategies and material choices in the context of works to existing buildings. The focus is on issues relating to assembly, integration of services, material properties and detailing.  This topic is supported by case studies and is linked to a studio project.
  2. Sustainability in the specification of materials (linked to studio project).
  3. A detailed and creative exploration of the aesthetic, tactile, optical and mechanical possibilities of a selection of materials, fixings, finishes and assembly techniques as applied in an interior context (linked to a studio project).

Environmental Building Design-

  1. An introduction to the principles by which a building interacts with the external environment through its fabric, focussing on moisture, air, heat, light.
  2. Exploration of building performance to achieve a successful design for comfort, health and energy efficiency (buildings, services and occupants as a system).
  3. Exploration of a range of case studies which illustrate the principles, strategies and application of current low energy and passive solutions to servicing, focussing on heat, light, sound and air quality.
  4. An introduction to the building regulations and energy rating systems (to be developed in 3rd year).
  5. Calculations of u-values as applied to a design studio project.
  6. The integration of building services is explored in relation to system distribution strategies (as applied to a studio project).


This module develops the students understanding of loading and forces.  This knowledge can be applied to a studio project (e.g. loading calculations and load path diagrams of existing building and proposed design).  Students are introduced to the structural implications of a range of standard structural strategies and material choices in the context of works to existing buildings.  Students explore case studies of existing structural systems- basic analysis, defects and interventions. This may be linked to a studio project (linked to materials, detailing and assembly above).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Project 25 % OnGoing 5
2 Continuous Assessment structure and materials assignment Continuous Assessment Project 75 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Studio practical projects and tutorials 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Flat Classroom structure lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Classroom Flexible Seating lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Studio independent learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary 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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