CONS06044 2019 Design Realisation: Interior Environment, Materials and Construction

General Details

Full Title
Design Realisation: Interior Environment, Materials and Construction
Transcript Title
Design Realisation: Interior E
80 %
Subject Area
CONS - Construction
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Rowan Watson
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Design in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 202200 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_CTEST_H08 202400 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Test Programme

This practical module focuses on technical skills that learners apply to their own design projects. During practical studio and workshop assignments, students practice design skills relating to design for climate; they analyse and draw re-furbished buildings and they creatively detail their own  interior design project (in drawing and model). Site visits; physical prototyping with real materials; live case study analysis; modelling and drawing characterise this enjoyable and accessible module, which brings the craft of interior refurbishment to life. 


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Draw scaled construction drawings of a simple refurbished building indicating appropriate measures to control moisture and heat loss. 


Rationalise the principles of designing for  climate , human health and comfort as applied to a design project.


Conduct a basic environmental site analysis.


Use drawings, samples and writing to communicate the properties and application of interior materials and finishes to a design project.


Utilise annotated three dimensional drawings or models to explain the construction of a simple refurbished building.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is taught using a combination of lectures, presentation, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials, workshops, projects, fieldwork and visits.  Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work mainly: essays, projects and presentations.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components.  This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative syllabus

This practical module develops students' ability to draw, make and understand buildings and interiors.

The module typically includes the following:

  • Sustainable and passive design principles in action:

    • Climate and site analysis;

    • Applied analysis and refinement of a design in relation to heat, light, sound and comfort;

    • sustainable material selection.

  • Building analysis and introduction to refurbishment:

    • site visit and condition survey of simple building (relevant to a design project);

    • case study analysis of live/graphic examples of construction with drawings and models.

  • Material selection and detailing:

    • choice of materials and research into design precedents for detailing;

    • guided  detailing exercises to developing technical skills and understanding of construction drawings.




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Coursework Assessment Project 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5
2 Continuous Assessment project structure & materials Coursework Assessment Project 50 % OnGoing 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Supervision Studio practical projects and tutorials 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Classroom Flexible Seating lecture and demonstration 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-09-11 Designing Sustainable Residential and Commercial Interiors A&C Black
ISBN 9781609014797 ISBN-13 1609014790

Designing Commercial Interiors features core principles on how to apply sustainability to the design process.

Required Reading
2012-02-20 Interior Design Illustrated John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118090718 ISBN-13 1118090713

Offers a concise and accessible presentation of important concepts for beginning designers, and experienced practitioners will appreciate its insightful and practical coverage of the relationship between building structures and interior spaces. A broad range of rich illustrations communicates visual information and ploughs fertile ground for creative ideas and inspiration.

Required Reading
2015-04-01 Construction and Detailing for Interior Design
ISBN 1780674775 ISBN-13 9781780674773

Construction and detailing are vital skills for all students studying interior design and architecture. This book is structured to encourage a diversity of techniques, allowing each student the means to find and put into practice the appropriate solution to fabrication issues and also to express their own personal aesthetic. The relation of existing building shells to the construction and detailing of new elements is also explored. Practical tips are given throughout the book, the roles of consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, and fabricators are explained, and theories of modern, sustainable approaches to interior detailing are discussed. The chapters are packed with professional, annotated drawings and explanatory photographs of techniques, materials, and tools. Through these, the principles of sound construction are explained. This second edition includes revised diagrams to increase clarity, more on sustainability, and more on services and lighting.

Required Reading
2011-10-01 Basics Interior Architecture 05 A&C Black
ISBN 9782940411535 ISBN-13 2940411530

A focused and informative introduction to many of the materials used in the design of contemporary interior spaces. It also explores the use of sustainable materials.

Required Reading
2018-01-09 The Interior Design Reference & Specification Book Updated & Revised Rockport Publishers Incorporated
ISBN 9781631593802 ISBN-13 1631593803

"The original edition of this book, Color, Space, and Style, was published by Rockport Publishers in 2007"--Preliminary page.

Required Reading
2018-09-30 Modern Construction Handbook Birkhauser
ISBN 3035616914 ISBN-13 9783035616910

Owing to regular revision, the Modern Construction Handbook has become a classic in advanced building construction literature, not least because of its clear structure covering the chapters "Material", "Wall", "Roof", "Structure", "Environment", and "Applications". For the fifth edition, a large part of the 3D presentations has been redrawn, all six chapters have been revised and updated. New standards have been established for this handbook, which is a basic resource for many architectural study courses, by adding more component details, new examples with a focus on sustainability and energy consumption, and a major update on finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Required Reading
2010 Building Construction Handbook Routledge
ISBN 9781856178051 ISBN-13 1856178056

Building Construction Handbook is an authoritative reference for all students and professionals. It is full of detailed drawings that clearly illustrate the construction of building elements. The principles and processes of construction are explained with the concepts of design included where appropriate. Extensive coverage of building construction practice and techniques, representing both traditional procedures and modern developments, are also included to provide the most comprehensive and easy to understand guide to building construction. The new edition has been reviewed and updated to include further material on energy conservation, sustainable construction, environmental and green building issues. More details of fire protection to elements of construction are now provided. Comprehensive coverage of techniques, but not in too great a depth Many clear, effective diagrams express ideas visually. Regularly updated text with a strong track record

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Brown, G.Z. & DeKay, M. (2001), Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, John Wiley & Sons,New York.

Ching, F.D.K; Adams, C., (2001), Building Construction Illustrated, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Ching, F,Onouye,B & Zuberbuhler, D (2009) Building Structures Illustrated, John Wiley & Sons,New York.

Daniels, K, (1998), Low-Tech Light-Tech High-Tech: Building In The Information Age, Birkhauser Publishers,Berlin.

Fordham, M, (2002), Environmental Design: An Introduction For Architects And Engineers, Spon Press.

Hunt, T. (2003), Tony Hunt's Structures Notebook, Architectural Press, Oxford.

McMullan, R. (2002), Environmental Science In Building, Palgrave,London.

Schittich C. (ed), (2008), In Detail: Interior Surfaces and Materials, Birkhauser, Boston.

Szokolay, S.V., (2008), Introduction to Architectural Science, Architectural Press, London.

Riley,M & Cotgrave, A (2005), The Technology of refurbishment and maintenance, Palgrave,London.

Weaver,M (1997), Conserving buildings: A manual of techniques and materials, John Wiley & Sons, New YorkWines, J, (2000), Green Architecture, Taschen,Milan.

Yeang, K, (1999), The Green Skyscraper: The Basis For Designing Sustainable Intensive Buildings, Prestel,Munich.

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