Full Title:Building Design & Performance
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BLDS E8027
 
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to equip the student with the conceptual understanding of the building design process and the practical skills necessary to undertake building design projects typical of building surveying practice taking account of the relevant technological, regulatory, social, ergonomic and physiological factors. Based on the student’s prior knowledge of building science and of a range of building technologies, the module also aims to provide the student with a sufficient understanding of the principles underpinning the non-structural performance of building fabric to apply these principles accurately and appropriately in unfamiliar situations.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Generate site and building layouts based on a developed brief, analysis of the site and the existing building and exemplars.
  2. Compose a specification (based on a master specification) for a building of conventional construction.
  3. Debate the ethical issues arising in the design of the built environment, including sustainability and professional conduct.
  4. Apply the principles underpinning the non-structural performance of building fabric in qualitatively assessing the non-structural performance of variants of known building technologies and of previously unknown building technologies and/or situations, including non-standard building technologies.
  5. Evaluate the non-structural performance of building fabric through appropriate application of a range of recognised quantitative methods.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Site Analysis and Planning
Site analysis (location, environs, boundaries, access, topography, features, sub-soil); development plan; ownership and easements; sources of information; site planning; circulation (pedestrian & vehicular, set-down, car parking); outdoor uses & amenities
Spatial Planning
Influencing factors, dimensional requirements (area, plan, section, proportion), environmental, requirements (light, ventilation, sound), interactions (access, circulation, zoning), structural; planning for access and use (approach and entry, horizontal and vertical circulation, facilities including seating); planning for means of escape
Building Types
Residential (houses, apartments, institutional), commercial (office, retail), leisure and entertainment, health, educational, industrial, case studies
Ethics for Building Designers
Responsibilities (client, user, society, contractor, profession), conflict and resolution, controls (legislation, regulations, public opinion, code of conduct), sustainability
Specifications
Role of specifications; Approaches to Specification; Sources of specification information; Specification writing
Application of Principles and Methods of Assessing to Building Fabric
External envelope: lowest floor (basements, ground supported, suspended, raised); external walls, including windows and doors; roofs, including rooflights Internal Divisions: partitions; intermediate floors; ceilings
Non-standard Construction Technologies
Earth shelter; earth/clay including cob, adobe, rammed earth, CEB; straw bale
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment As part of a group, report and present research, analysis and evaluation of design guidelines, regulations and exemplars relating to specific building type(s). Report submitted in week 1 semester 2. 2,3 10.00 100 40 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment A series of approximately three class-based, group exercises (carrying approximately equal marks) to develop site and building layouts based on given briefs related to a variety of building types. None 15.00 100 40 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment As part of a group, report and present on research, analysis and evaluation of performance of specific building fabric element with regard to a specific function. None 10.00 100 40 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment A series of approximately three class-based, group exercises (carrying approximately equal marks) to analyse and evaluate the performance of specific building fabric element with regard to a range of functions. None 15.00 100 40 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam n/a None 50.00 100 40 End-of-Semester 180
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Students will be given an opportunity to remediate part or all of their CA performance by the autumn/repeat examination boards by repeating part or all of the same or similar CA.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Introducing concepts relating to design and performance of buildings 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Undertaking assessed class-based exercises relating to design of building and performance of building fabric 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading Research for CA assignments relating to design of building and performance of building fabric 0.75 Every Week 0.75
Directed Reading Preparation for class-based assessed exercises relating to design of building and performance of building fabric 0.75 Every Week 0.75
Independent Study Preparation for end-of-year examimation 1.50 Every Week 1.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Allen, E. 2013, Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods,, John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 9781118138915]
  • Allen, E. 2013, Exercises in Building Construction, John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 978111865328]
  • Broadbent G. 2000, Design in architecture: architecture and the human sciences, 2nd ed. Ed., David Fulton Publishers Oxford [ISBN: 1853460591]
  • Chudley, R. and Greeno, R. 2012, Building Construction Handbook, 9th. ed Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 97800809706]
  • Chudley, R. & Greeno, R 2012, Advanced Construction Technology, 5th. ed. Ed., Longman [ISBN: 9780435046835]
  • Emmitt, S. & Gorse, C. 2010, Barrys Advanced Construction of Buildings, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 9781405188531]
  • Ireland, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Building Regulations 1997-2011 Technical Guidance Documents, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Dublin
  • Kister, J. ed. 2012, Architects’ Data. 4th ed., Wiley-Blackwell Oxford [ISBN: 9781405192538]
  • Lawson, B. 2005, How designers think: the design process demystified, 4th ed. Ed., Architectural Press London [ISBN: 9780750660778]
  • Littlefield, D. ed. 2012, Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data, 4th ed. Ed., Architectural Press London [ISBN: 9781856178068]
  • Pickard, Q. ed. 2005, The Architects' Handbook, Blackwell Publishing Oxford [ISBN: 9781405135054]
  • Riley, M. and Cotgrove, A. 2009, Construction Technology 2: Industrial and Commercial Building, Palgrave MacMillan [ISBN: 9780230575714]
  • Thompson, A. 1998, Architectural design procedures, Edward Arnold [ISBN: 9780340719411]
  • Watts, A. 2013, Modern Construction Handbook, 3rd. ed. Ed., Walter de Gruyter & Co [ISBN: 9783990434543]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EBSUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Surveying 5 Mandatory
658 Bachelor of Science in Construction Surveying 5 Mandatory