This unit aims to explore the scientific concepts of heat, light and sound, and from this develops foundational principles and methods applicable to buildings.
It is divided into five topics: climate and resources: thermal environment: building services: lighting; and acoustics. Students will gain an understanding of the terminology, physical values and metrics in each of these topics, and how they apply to the design and function of buildings.
Theoretical models to predict key physical values in buildings are presented and used in assessments.
Technological advances have transformed virtually every aspect of building services including vertical transportation, fire detection and protection, hydraulics and plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning, electrical and lighting, security and data networking.
This unit develops a critical understanding of the principles of selection, operation and management of these service systems in buildings of larger-than-domestic scale.
This unit reviews the need for and application of Mechanical Services in the built environment - in particular commercial buildings. Mechanical Services are responsible for significant portion of energy and water consumption in buildings.
Thus they have become important components of most modern building complexes, with a strong influence on other services and the architecture.
Humans' thermal, visual, auditory and olfactory senses determine the perceived quality of a built environment. This unit analyses built environments in context of these human factors.
This unit relates human experience of buildings to the main dimensions of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ): thermal, acoustic, lighting and indoor pollution. This understanding of human comfort perceptions is contextualised by an understanding of the various approaches to the evaluation of built environmental performance.