Course Brief

Unit Abstract 

The buildings we use in everyday life – to work, study, socialise and live in – are increasingly complex in their design as well as being subject to more stringent environmental targets for emissions. Within these buildings, heating systems play a major part in maintaining the comfort of the occupants.

This unit will introduce students to the principles of the design and installation of heating systems for non-domestic buildings. Subjects included in this unit are: the design process, pre-design/design brief, the production of design data, thermal comfort, calculation of U-values, heat loss calculation, total heating loads and heating plant capacity, heating media and distribution systems, system layouts, heat emitters, heat sources, heating system components, sizing and specification of heating system components, and commissioning, testing and handover procedures.

On successful completion of this unit students will understand the principles of the design, sizing and specification of non-domestic heating systems and components.


  • This course is offered in 45 hours.