QUSU06044 2019 M&E Construction Technology

General Details

Full Title
M&E Construction Technology
Transcript Title
M&E Construction Technology
N/A %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Pat Carter, JohnJoe McHugh, Sean McGagh, Ruairi ODriscoll
Programme Membership
SG_TADWO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_SAPCT_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Construction Technology 1 SG_SACON_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Construction Technology SG_CCEOL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics (Add-On) SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying SG_SCONS_H08 202200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

This module will enable learners to recognise and explain basic building services technology and building systems.  It will enable learners to identify the requisite building services elements, systems and components which combine to complete functional domestic buildings. This will require learners to illustrate and recognise the relationship between the CSA (Civil, Structural and Architectural) disciplines and the building services.  This module will also develop an appreciation for the relevant Building Regulations that deliver the requirements for Low Energy Construction.

Learning Outcomes

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


Explain and compare basic building mechanical services technology as appropriate to domestic construction, including; drainage systems, pipe sizes, gradients, rainwater installations, hot and cold water installations, heating systems. 


Explain and compare basic building electrical services technology as appropriate to domestic construction, including; lighting, power, mains, security, fire, data.


Identify & summarise the commercial issues associated with various Building Services including building works and associated  procurement activities.


Outline and demonstrate the significance and importance of basic Building Management Systems, i.e. zonal heating, thermostats, thermostatic radiator valves and programmable digital clocks.


Apply the principles of energy use in buildings to the selection of their services, with an awareness of energy conservation and environmental impacts.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar) for part time students, and guest lectures augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach addresses student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach brings students together to facilitate group learning.

The teaching strategy will also  use a blended approach of lectures & self-directed learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Coursework and Continuous Assessment


End of Semester Examination


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

Building services technology as appropriate to domestic construction, including;

Drainage systems, pipe sizes, gradients, rainwater installations

Hot and cold water installations, heating systems, electrical installations

Renewable energy sources, controls and building management systems.

Building services elements, systems and components

CSA (Civil, Structural and Architectural) disciplines and interaction with the building services personnel.

Builders Work and the procurement of basic Building Services 

Appreciation for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and renewable sources, including energy from renewable sources produced on-site or nearby. 





Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment - M&E Construction Technology Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of Semester Examination - M&E Construction Technology Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre M&E Construction Technology 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning Not Specified M&E Construction Technology 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1997 Building Services, Technology and Design Routledge
ISBN 0582279410 ISBN-13 9780582279414

One in a series of textbooks produced in association with the CIOB, this is a concise guide to the installation and design of principal services in domestic and commercial buildings.

Recommended Reading
1994 Building Services and Equipment Routledge
ISBN 0582231396 ISBN-13 9780582231399

Written specifically for students studying for the BTEC Standard Unit in Building Services and Equipment, the text also covers closely the requirements of the TEC syllabus. The text covers selected worked examples, the principles of services design and related questions and answers.

Recommended Reading
1994 Building Services and Equipment Routledge
ISBN 0582236525 ISBN-13 9780582236523

Services and equipment in complex modern buildings account for over one-third of the total cost. Therefore study of services and equipment is essential for technicians in construction, surveying and architecture. Building Services and Equipment Volume 1 is the first book in a widely acclaimed trilogy that has become established as the leading work in this field. This volume deals with the topics of fuel conservation and thermal comfort by use of integrated heating, ventilating, air conditioning and lighting systems, district heating, thermal insulation, heat pumps and thermostatic controls.

Recommended Reading
2000 Building Services Engineering Taylor & Francis
ISBN 0419257306 ISBN-13 9780419257301

Engineering services within buildings can account for up to forty per cent of the original cost. The energy-using systems that service the building are a significant expense for the building owner in terms of the installed cost, the energy consumed during the forty years, or more, and in the maintenance, repair and upgrading of the systems and plant. This book provides study material in the construction, architectural, surveying and energy engineering subject areas ; it is also suitable for distance learning.

Recommended Reading
2008 Renewable Energy Crowood Press
ISBN 1847970613 ISBN-13 9781847970619

Reviews the range of renewable technologies that can provide energy as heat and electricity for our homes, businesses and industry, and also save harmful emissions, energy and money.

Recommended Reading
2017-03 Renewable Energy Systems
ISBN 153610423X ISBN-13 9781536104233

Renewable energy is contributing significantly to fulfill the continuously increasing energy demand of the world. Research in the field of renewable energy has to play a vital role if the potential of renewable energy is to be fully exploited. This book is intended to explore some recent developments in the field of these renewable energy sources. This book is comprised of four chapters on solar energy, four chapters on wind energy, two chapters on bio energy and two chapters on renewable energy. Chapters on solar energy include the basic concepts of photovoltaic cells, modules, array, modeling PV cell operation under Matlab/Simulink, alternative materials to conventional silicon based solar cells, recent transparent thin film materials and their performance characteristics. Chapters on wind energy present two new methods to predict wind power, a methodological approach for performance evaluation of wind farms, dynamic behavior of a weak hybrid power system and a structural analysis of multi-story vertical axis wind turbines. It also includes the impact of physical properties such as density and viscosity of biodiesels, as well as an investigation of performance of a low heat rejection engine using neem kernel oil and its methyl ester as fuel. A renewable energy conversion and waste heat recovery using organic Rankine cycles and various challenges and opportunities for sustainable development for implementation of renewable energy technologies are described at the end.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources

Technical Guidance Document B- Fire Safety


Technical Guidance Document F- Ventilation


Technical Guidance Document J - Heat Producing Appliances


Technical Guidance Document L- Conservation of Fuel and Energy – Dwellings


Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB)


Solar Energy


Hot water from solar thermal collectors


ETCI Regulations;     https://www.nsai.ie/standards/standards-commitees/standard-committees/electrotechnical-standards/

International Electrotechnical Commission;   https://www.iec.ch/about/

Building Regulations TGD's A-M   https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/building-standards/building-regulations/building-regulations

A guide to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SCSI)  https://www.scsi.ie/documents/get_lob?id=1094&field=file

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers  https://www.cibse.org/



Other Resources

ETCI Regulations

Building Regulations

Building Control Act

Additional Information