2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CIVE3820 Building Physics 2: Services Design
10 creditsClass Size: 80
Module manager: Dr Xiaoan Mao
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
|Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles
Module replacesCIVE3815 - Building Physics 1: Fundamental Principles
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThe module will contribute to students' ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements, including: understanding the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to a comprehensive building design project; development of a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user.
The module will contribute to the students' gaining knowledge of physical problems and technologies and the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate.
The module will explore the principles associated with designing optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments; systems for environmental comfort realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design; strategies for building services, and ability to integrate these in a design project.
On completion of the module students will be able to
1. Understand dynamic behaviours of buildings;
2. Appreciate the importance of ventilation, heating and cooling systems in buildings;
3. Understand low carbon technologies;
4. Understand cold water distribution and sanitation/draining systems in multi-storey buildings.
In addition, students completing this module will also have gained the knowledge, understanding, skills or abilities that contribute to achieving the following ARB General Criteria for Part 1:
• 1. understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project;GC1.2
2. develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user.GC1.3
3. the way in which buildings fit into their local context.GC5.2b
4. the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices.GC8.3
5. principles associated with designing optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments; GC9.1
6. systems for environmental comfort realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design;GC9.2
Mechanical services: Heating systems, natural & mechanical ventilation, air handling plant, air conditioning, refrigeration, heat distribution methods.
Energy: Low carbon energy technologies; dynamic behaviour of building fabric
Water supply, drainage and sanitation.
This module develops students’ understanding of the design of building systems and their appropriate use to achieve designs that provide suitable environments in a range of climatic contexts and types of occupant activity. The module builds on the foundational treatment of building thermal behaviour provided in the module CIVE2815 by, in particular, introducing the physics of dynamic thermal response. This enables students to further develop understanding of building fabric design and the relationships between choices of fabric properties and building performance – both in terms of thermal comfort and energy. This module also deals with essential servicing requirements such as hot and cold water and waste disposal.
The fundamental treatment of the properties of air presented in the prerequisite module (CIVE2815) is extended to include the full range of psychrometric processes associated with cooling and humidity control found in non-domestic building types. Students develop understanding of the appropriate application of active systems and the implications for architectural design and sustainability constraints. Students’ ability to develop appropriate ventilation and energy strategies are advanced through introduction to low-energy approaches to system design and integration of renewable energy sources.
Students develop analysis and problem solving skills to enable them to make design calculations with respect to heat gains and are introduced to computer modelling methods for assessment of heat and cooling loads and building dynamic performance. Appropriate use of such modelling methods and critical analysis of building performance and the relationships to building form and fabric are assessed through a design report.
The understanding of building systems and fabric design provides a sound basis for making decisions about environmental design and sustainability requirements that is put into practice in the non-domestic designs explored by students working subsequently on the module, Design Studio 3.2 (CIVE3871).
Typical reading materials to support this module include:
Baker, N. and Steemers, K. (1999). Energy and Environment in Architecture: A Technical Design Guide. Taylor and Francis.
Banham, R. (1983). The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment. MIT Press.
Chadderton, D.V (2010). Building Services Engineering.
de Saulles, T. (2000). An illustrated guide to building services: comfort systems. BRE.
Jankovic, L. (2012). Designing Zero Carbon Buildings Using Dynamic Simulation Methods. Routledge.
McMullen, R. (2012) Environmental Science in Building (7th edition). London: Palgrave MacMillan.
Szokolay, S. V. (2010). Introduction to architectural science. The basis of sustainable design (2nd edition). Oxford: Architectural Press, Elsevier.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyBackground reading - 10 hours
Coursework - 20 hours
Reflection on lectures - 20 hours
Revision - 25 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackExaminations and design reports.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|% of formal assessment
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)
|3 hr 00 mins
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)
Resit 100% exam
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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