QUSU09003 2019 Mechanical Building Services Technology

General Details

Full Title
Mechanical Building Services Technology
Transcript Title
Mechanical Building Services T
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Pat Carter, Ruairi ODriscoll
Programme Membership
SG_SMECH_S09 201900 Level 9 Special Purpose Award in Science in Mech & Elec Quantity Surveying SG_SPROJ_M09 201900 Master of Science in Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management

Mechanical Building Services Technology’ will enable learners to develop critical opinions of mechanical building services technology and building systems.  It will enable learners to evaluate and assess the requisite mechanical services elements, systems and components which combine to complete a variety of efficient functioning building types. This will require learners to appraise and evaluate the relationships between the CSA (Civil, Structural and Architectural) disciplines and the building services personnel.  The learner will develop the necessary skill sets to formulate the range of options best suited to the building's use in accordance with the client’s requirements and critique the commercial implications involved in the design development. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Assess and evaluate basic mechanical building services technology including; utility services, main plant, boiler plant, flues, fuel storage, control systems, drainage and refuse disposal, hot and cold-water services, ventilation and air conditioning, space heating, fire suppression, etc. + associated builder’s, pipework, ductwork and insulation.


Formulate and assess the commercial issues involved with mechanical and electrical design development.


Evaluate and discuss that which is identified as builder’s work and assess the extent to which it is required.


Explain the significance and importance of Building Management Systems.


Evaluate how to procure specified Mechanical Building Services components and Mechanical Subcontract work packages.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), and guest lectures augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach addresses student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach brings students together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Coursework & Continuous Assessment


End of Semester Examination


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will;

  • Evaluate mechanical building services technology in various installations scenarios (utility services, boiler plant, flues, fuel storage, control systems, drainage and refuse disposal, hot and cold water services, ventilation and air conditioning, space heating, fire suppression, etc. + associated builder’s work) to take account of mains supply, plant, equipment, pipework, ductwork, insulation as appropriate to complete a variety of efficient functioning building types.
  • Assess the importance of modern Building Management Systems.
  • Evaluate the appropriate procurement of mechanical components and Subcontract work packages

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 Continuous Assessment - Mechanical Building Services Technology Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of Semester Exam - Mechanical Building Services Technology 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
Lecture Online Mechanical Building Services Technology 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Online Mechanical Building Services Technology 5 Weekly 5.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Mechanical Building Services Technology 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2000 Building Services Engineering Taylor & Francis
ISBN 0419257306 ISBN-13 9780419257301

Engineering services within buildings can account for up to forty per cent of the original cost. The energy-using systems that service the building are a significant expense for the building owner in terms of the installed cost, the energy consumed during the forty years, or more, and in the maintenance, repair and upgrading of the systems and plant. This book provides study material in the construction, architectural, surveying and energy engineering subject areas ; it is also suitable for distance learning.

Recommended Reading
1994 Building Services and Equipment Routledge
ISBN 0582231396 ISBN-13 9780582231399

Written specifically for students studying for the BTEC Standard Unit in Building Services and Equipment, the text also covers closely the requirements of the TEC syllabus. The text covers selected worked examples, the principles of services design and related questions and answers.

Recommended 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.

Recommended Reading
1994 Building Services and Equipment Routledge
ISBN 0582236525 ISBN-13 9780582236523

Services and equipment in complex modern buildings account for over one-third of the total cost. Therefore study of services and equipment is essential for technicians in construction, surveying and architecture. Building Services and Equipment Volume 1 is the first book in a widely acclaimed trilogy that has become established as the leading work in this field. This volume deals with the topics of fuel conservation and thermal comfort by use of integrated heating, ventilating, air conditioning and lighting systems, district heating, thermal insulation, heat pumps and thermostatic controls.

Recommended 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.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Surveyors Journal (SCSI)

URL Resources

Building Regulations TGD's A-M   https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/building-standards/building-regulations/building-regulations

A guide to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SCSI)  https://www.scsi.ie/documents/get_lob?id=1094&field=file

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers  https://www.cibse.org/

Other Resources

Building Regulations

Building Control Act 2013