Course Brief

Unit Abstract 

Science and material performance are intrinsically linked through the need to create structures and spaces that perform in both mechanical operation and in providing human comfort.

This unit aims to support students to make material choices to achieve the desired outcomes of a brief. This is approached from the perspective of materials being fit for purpose; as defined by testing standards and properties, but also by consideration of the environmental impact and sustainability. Awareness of health & safety is considered alongside the need to meet legislative requirements.

The topics covered in this unit include: health & safety; storage and use of materials; handling, and problems associated with misuse and unprotected use; environmental and sustainable consideration in material choices; and human comfort performance parameters. Material choice is developed through the understanding of testing procedures to establish conformity to standards and define performance properties. The performance of materials to satisfy regulations and provide appropriate comfort levels is addressed through design and calculations.

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to make informed decisions regarding material choices; based on understanding the structural behaviour of materials established through recognised testing methods, sustainability, context of build, and health & safety. Students will also be able to perform the calculations necessary to establish anticipated performance of the materials in-use and therefore determine their compliance with regulations and suitability.

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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)
    This programme is ideally suited for facility managers, office managers, building owners and anyone interested in Facilities Management.
     
    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.

     

    Graduates of this HND Programme be able to access directly the final year of the University of Greenwich's BSc. (Hons) Engineering Management (Construction) degree at SBCS, Champs Fleurs campus or the University of Greenwich's BSc. (Hons) Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (Top-Up).