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CRAF6011 - Building Elements & Tech - Building Fabric

Title:Building Elements & Tech - Building Fabric
Long Title:Building Elements and Technology - External Building Fabric
Module Code:CRAF6011
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Craft
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MICHAEL HOURIHAN
Module Author: THOMAS MURRAY
Module Description: This module provides the student with an understanding of the elements that constitute the external building fabric.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the factors and outline the stages involved in the planning process with regards to current legislation.
LO2 Distinguish and detail the types of foundation suitable for residential/commercial buildings.
LO3 Explain different wall types that envelop a building.
LO4 Develop a set of working drawings that detail timber framed methodologies.
LO5 Differentiate between traditional and prefabricated roofing forms.
LO6 Describe the elements that constitute the external building fabric with regard to the environmental impact and sustainable design.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Building fabric
Types of buildings: residential, commercial/industrial and multi-storey. Modern methods of construction with regard to environmental impact. Foundations, and foundations failure, soil conditions, walls and finishes.
Timber buildings and structures
Timber framed buildings, contemporary and engineered wood solutions. Case studies of national and international best practice.
Roofing Technology
Dormer roofs, flat roof, pitched eyebrow, roof lights, structural detailing, weathering, rot prevention, types of cladding, coverings and preservation. Roof Trusses (Mid to Large spans) design principles and jointing methods, handling, lifting and installation. Health and safety required in roof truss installation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project On the elements that constitute the external building fabric. 2,3,4,5,6 30.0 Week 8
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent directed learning of module content 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Department of the Environment Local Government, (Planning and development) Regulations
  • Chudley R & Greeno R 2010, Building Construction Handbook,, 8th Ed., Butterworth Heinemann [ISBN: 978-1-85617-805]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Homebond 2012, Right On The Site, All issues, National House Building Guarantee Company Ireland
  • Ross, K 2010, Modern Methods of house construction – a surveyor’s guide, BRE Construction Division, BRE Trust.
  • Fleming, E 2005, Construction Technology, 1st Ed, Blackwell Publishing London
  • B. Porter & C. Tooke 2005, Carpentry & Joinery, Volume 2, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Stephen Emmitt, 2010, Barry's Introduction to Construction of Buildings, Blackwell London [ISBN: 978-1-4051-8854-8]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: SEAISustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, SEAI
  • Website: National Institute of Building SciencesAn Authoritative Source of Innovative Solutions for the Built Environment , National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, USA
  • Website: www.constructionbusinessowners.com

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ECTWB_7 Bachelor of Science in Craft Technology (Wood) with Business 4 Mandatory

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