SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M3K224786
Module Leader Krystyna Curtis
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Satisfactory completion of level 2 modules for BEng Building Services Engineering or equivalent.

Summary of Content

Legislative drivers against climate change, the carbon economy, energy benchmarks for different building types, energy audits and reporting, good practice in energy efficient design for buildings, Legislative framework for reducing carbon emissions, Design of controls and BEMS systems for energy efficient building design, Legislative framework for reducing carbon emissions in buildings, Building regulations for energy in buildings covering UK and Ireland, Carbon emissions calculations for building regulation compliance and compliance checks, Standard assessment procedure (SAP) for domestic dwellings, commissioning, building log books, energy performance certificates.


Energy Use in Buildings Introduction to energy use in buildings, Legislative drivers, Kyoto protocol, Carbon impact of buildings, Energy use in different sectors and types of building. Carbon Economy. Legislative framework, EU "Energy in Buildings" Directive, Changing legislation and building regs in England & Wales, Scotland, NI and Ireland, Energy benchmarks for buildings, Energy assessment and reporting methodology. Energy Efficiency Available guidance on energy efficient design of buildings, efficient lighting design, boiler seasonal efficiency, specific fan power for different systems, carbon emissions from different systems. Building Information Modelling (BIM) (Revit) The Introduction to BIM module provides theoretical and practical learning relating to BIM, discussing the UK Standards for BIM Level 2, and the content of key documents such as the Employer's Information Requirements (EIR) and BIM Execution Plan (BEP). The practical element provides training in Autodesk Revit and Navisworks software, including how to use the basic architectural, structural and MEP modelling tools, how to link different file types, align models using shared coordinates, create and export schedules of building components, define search sets and run clash detection. Building Regulations Compliance Requirements of Approved Document L2A (England & Wales) and Section 6 (Scotland). Calculation methodology, Standard assessment procedure for dwellings, Building commissioning, building logbooks, energy performance certificates.

Learning Outcomes

1- Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this module the student should be able to:Have an appreciation of the energy use in buildings and the contribution of buildings to carbon emissions in the UK.Have an appreciation of the legislative drive behind UK building regulation in reducing carbon emissions from buildings.Have an appreciation of the main areas of energy usage in buildings and understand and compare energy benchmark data.Be able to carry out an energy assessment for a subject building based on available metered data.Have an appreciation of available guidance on energy efficient design of building services plant and systemsBe able to have a general understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM) system Understand the role of BIM during the design process Be familiar with Revit and Navisworks software Have a basic understanding of Building Energy Management Systems and their integration within various buildingsHave an appreciation of the main requirements of building regulations relating to energy consumption of buildings.Be able to carry out a building regulations compliance calculation for a subject building using an approved software tool.Have an appreciation of best practice in commissioning building services systems.Have an appreciation of the regulatory requirements for providing information to building occupiers including Building Logbooks and Energy Performance Certificates

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be provided as a series of weekly lectures including a visit to a case study building. Assessment will be via three weighted pieces of coursework carried out on an individual basis.

Indicative Reading

Approved document L2A: Conservation of fuel and power, new buildings other than dwellings, 2006 edition Scottish Technical Standards Section 6: Energy, 2007 ( SAP 2005: The government's standard assessment procedure for the energy rating of dwellings, Defra, October 2005 CIBSE Guide A: Environmental Design CIBSE Guide F: Energy Efficiency in Buildings CIBSE Guide H: Building Control Systems CIBSE Code M: Commissioning Management, CIBSE, 2003, ISBN 1 90328 733 2 CIBSE TM22: Energy Assessment and Reporting Methodology Building Logbook Toolkit, CIBSE TM31, 2003

Transferrable Skills

The Engineering Benchmarks D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7 and D8 for transferable skills as specified in the programme specification for BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering, apply to this module.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Practicals (PT) 48.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 198.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 50.00 35% Part L/Section 6 compliance
Coursework 2 n/a 25.00 35% Revit-BIM cw
Coursework 1 n/a 25.00 35% Energy Use