SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK221235
Module Leader Mark Phillipson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Honours degree in engineering.

Summary of Content

This unit pulls together a student's knowledge of building services systems, control requirements, energy benchmarks and energy conservation strategies within the overall context of building management systems (BMS). The module will include some learning related to BMS structure and control strategies, but will be largely based on 'hands-on' access to the university's own system.


Environmental design and engineering solutions for buildings Building service solutions that can be implemented into a BMS system. Automated systems controls - actuators, dampers, valves, sensors, etc. Internal environment requirements (comfort, CO2, etc). BMS design and Specification Functional scope of the system (internal environment, energy use, security, emergency systems, etc). System monitoring, system alarms, and troubleshooting. Control strategies (default settings, local overrides, weather compensation, etc). Designing for future flexibility. Commissioning requirements. BMS maintenance. Benefits offered from successful system design. Problems caused by ineffective system design. Asset management through BMS operation Benchmarks for energy consumption. Benchmarks for occupant comfort. Good practice for facilities management.

Learning Outcomes

The Engineering Benchmarks A1, A2, A5, B1, B3, B5, B6, C1 and C4 as specified in the MSc Building Services Engineering Specification Document apply to this module.On successful completion of the module, the student should be able to:- Identify the key features of BMS- Understand LAN communication protocol used in BMS- Specify plant, actuators and instrumentation used in building services systems- Understand basic control systems for typical air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems - Apply appropriate energy saving control strategies to typical plant and systems via BMS- Interpret BMS alarms and system output data- Optimise BMS design for a given application.- Apply energy consumption benchmarks to systems controlled by BMS

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students undertaking this module should have a good knowledge in an engineering discipline and an appreciation of energy management. Basic engineering knowledge will be the foundation on which energy efficient solutions to the operation of buildings will be based by the appropriate use of BMS. The learning process will be enhanced by using the university BMS to give students 'hands-on' experience of a real 'state-of-the-art' system. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme

Indicative Reading

CIBSE Guide Volume H: Building Control Systems, 1 st Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000 CIBSE Guide B: Heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration, May 2005 Building Energy Management Systems: An Applications to Heating, Natural Ventilation, Lighting and Occupant Satisfaction. G.J.Levermore, Taylor and Francis Ltd, 2 nd Edition 2005 ISBN-10: 0419225900 TREND BMS 963 Users Manual. Available only from TREND CONTROLS CIBSE Energy Benchmarks, TM46, Jan 2008, ISBN: 9781903287958 The Building Regulations 2000 Approved Document L2B - Conservation of Fuel and Power in Existing Buildings (2010 Edition) RIBA Publications, ISBN: 9781859463277

Transferrable Skills

The Engineering Benchmarks D1, D2, D3, D5, D6, D7, D8 and D14 for transferable skills as specified in the BEng Building Services Engineering Specification Document apply to this module. The student will develop abilities to apply basic principles to practical problems, to design systems with a view to energy efficiency and environmental considerations and to extract the appropriate data from guides and apply this to practical systems. (D1, D2, D3, D5, D6, D7, D8 and D14)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 18.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Independent Learning (PT) 96.00
Assessment (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (PT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Interrogation of a BMS system to establish functional performance and identity opportunities for future upgrade.
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Critical review of BMS design options for a notional building.