Course Brief

The basic principles of construction technology have not changed for hundreds of years. However, the materials and techniques used to achieve these basic principles are constantly evolving; to enable the construction industry to deliver better quality buildings. Scarcity of resources and the continuing demand of more sophisticated clients, end users and other stakeholder interests, are driving the construction
industry to provide buildings which facilitate enhanced environmental and energy performance, and greater flexibility, in response to ever increasing financial, environmental, legal and economic constraints.

This unit will introduce the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements; from substructure to completion, by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations to be borne in mind when selecting the most suitable technological solution.

Topics included in this unit are: substructure, superstructure, finishes, building services and infrastructure components. On successful completion of this unit a student will be able to analyse scenarios and select the most appropriate construction technology solution.

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  • This course is offered in 45 hours.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering - HVAC)
    Building Services Engineering is the engineering of the internal environment and environmental impact of a building. It essentially brings buildings and structures to life.

     

    The BTEC HND in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering – Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) programme aims to produce building services engineers who are well equipped to enter the industry in areas such as design and build, consultancy and facilities management.

     

    The main aims of the HND in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering – HVAC) are to:

     

    • Prepare students for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in building services engineering by providing specialised studies which are directly relevant to individual occupations and professions in which students are currently working or in which they intend to seek employment.
    • Enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment in the building services engineering sector.
    • Provide students with flexibility, knowledge, skills, understanding and motivation as a basis for progression to graduate and postgraduate studies.
    • Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

     

    HNDs are recognized by many higher educational providers as meeting the admission requirements to enter the final year of an undergraduate degree programme.