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AR40416: Facade engineering

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To give a knowledge and understanding of the design and construction of building facades.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit, the student will be able to demonstrate:
* an understanding of the various structural and environmental requirements of facades;
* knowledge of the various methods used in facade construction, and of how they meet design requirements;
* An ability to select appropriate facade engineering solutions to design problems.

Intellectual skills
* To understand taught material - taught
Professional/Practical skills
* Analytical and design skills related to the material covered - assessed
Transferable/key skills
* To communicate ideas verbally and in writing - facilitated and assessed.

Design principles
* Windows, curtain walling, slope glazing, overcladding. Front sealed, drained and ventilated and pressure equalised systems.
* Materials
* Glass, aluminium, steel, PVC.U, G.R.P., G.R.C., bricks, natural stone, precast concrete, finishes, sealants, gaskets.
* Performance criteria
* Water penetration, air leakage, wind, thermal mass and insulation, condensation, acoustics, building movement, thermal movement, ventilation, fire, security, blast.
* Specification and contracts
* Nature of the industry, construction/manufacturing, specification, contracts, installation.
* Detailing
* Joints, anchorages, stick systems, panellised systems, untied systems, tolerances.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40416 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.