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AR20004: Building environment 2

[Page last updated: 26 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Aims: To introduce the principle and installation of environmental control systems in buildings. To introduce fire engineering and its effect on building design.
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of the unit, the student will be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the range of Building Services incorporated within buildings, particularly those used to actively control the internal building environment (in contrast to the passive means considered in Building Environment 1).
  • critically evaluate the whole-life carbon impacts of building design choices.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of fire engineering in building design.
Skills: Ability to qualitatively and quantitatively design and assess environmental and fire control systems in buildings.
Content: Building services: Need and development; systems design; thermal environment; heating systems; mechanical ventilation; plant; system choice; lighting; design of electric lighting; propagation of sound; sound transmision and insulation; acoustic design. Fire Engineering: The nature of fire; the behaviour of people in fire; different approaches to ensuring satisfactory design for prevention of fires and survivability; fire control systems.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR20004 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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