Full Title Building Science andTechnology 2b Environment and Materials

Short Title BST2b:Enviro and Materials

Code DSGN06084
Level 06
Credit 05

Author Watson, Rowan
Department Civil Eng. and Construction

Subject Area Design
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
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.

Indicative Syllabus
Materials, detailing & Assembly-
  • 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.
  • Sustainability in the specification of materials (linked to studio project).
  • 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-
  • An introduction to the principles by which a building interacts with the external environment through its fabric, focussing on moisture, air, heat, light.
  • Exploration of building performance to achieve a successful design for comfort, health and energy efficiency (buildings, services and occupants as a system).
  • 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.
  • An introduction to the building regulations and energy rating systems (to be developed in 3 rd year).
  • Calculations of u-values as applied to a design studio project.
  • The integration of building services is explored in relation to system distribution strategies (as applied to a studio project).


  • Structure -

    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).

    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
    1. Rationalise the main principles of passive design and discuss constructively the collection, storage, distribution, and utilisation of energy in passive strategies.

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

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

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

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


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

    Module Dependencies
    Pre Requisite Modules
    None
    Co Requisite Modules
    None
    Incompatible Modules
    None

    Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
    Course Work / Continuous Assessment 100 %

    Coursework Assessment Breakdown

    Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
    Continuous Assessment 5 25 OnGoing
    Continuous Assessment structure and materials assignment 1,2,3,4 75 OnGoing


    End Exam Assessment Breakdown

    Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week


    Open Learning Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

    Distance Learning Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

    Part Time Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

    ACCS Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

    Full Time Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly 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 Average Weekly Learner Workload 4.00 Hours

    Online Learning Mode Workload

    Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

    Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

    Resources
    Book 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
    Other Resources
    None
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