Building services learning

We like to talk about building services and innovative developments in this blog. We work in the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra and we are focused on how building services are taught to future architects. Although we think that our work is good, we like to check what other people are doing anywhere else. Let’s see some of our references.


Building services learning approach

It isn’t really common that architects devote their time to building services design. Nevertheless, we do believe that they can do it. Architects (at least in Spain) have a global conception of a building. Not only is their education focused on design, but also in construction, structures, building services, urbanism, etc. When a (good) architect is designing a building, he is thinking about all those fields of work at the same time. He is thinking how the structure can affect the services. Or how to make a construction detail to include a ventillation grille aesthetically.

Therefore, we think that building services learning for architects is crucial. It is not so important to know exactly the dimension of a duct. But they must know that there is a duct there, and that some space is required for its installation.

The following four degrees and Universities are good examples of building services learning with this point of view. The texts included are their own works to show why they are good at teaching building services.

Building Services Engineering in the London South Bank University

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Building Services Engineering covers pretty much everything you can think of in a building – all the things that make it safe, comfortable and functional. This includes both big and small buildings, and deals with everything from making sure the floodlights at Old Trafford don’t cut out halfway through the match to developing homes that can generate their own sustainable sources of gas and electricity. Building Service Engineers help buildings to deliver on their potential by working with architects and construction engineers to produce buildings that offer the functionality and comfort we expect, with the minimum impact on our environment. They design the lighting appropriate for the space, the heating, cooling,ventilation and all systems that ensure comfort, health and safety in all typesof buildings, residential commercial and industrial.

Link: London South Bank

Building Services Graduate Certificate in the University of Sidney

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The Building Services program recognises the interactions between the performance, design and management of a building. This course equips you with the skills, expertise and confidence to become a high-performance professional able to lead a building services strategy across a significant property portfolio.

Link: University of Sidney

Department of Building Services Engineering in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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The overall aim of fire engineering research in the Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, is to develop a scientific understanding of building fires and to establish an adequate theoretical basis for fire protection engineering for Hong Kong and the Mainland China. This includes the physical and chemical processes of material decomposition, fire ignition, flame properties, thermal radiation, fire spread mechanisms, smoke production and spreading mechanisms. With sound basic principles, the total fire safety concept can be implemented by working out appropriate hardware design on active fire control systems and passive construction elements; and software fire safety management.

Link: Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Construction Systems and Processes in Università della Svizzera italiana

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The course is conceived as a preparation for the building project and as a conceptual reflection on the subject of construction. The different building systems, reduced to models, will be presented by retracing the radical changes they underwent last century. Construction techniques will be analysed. Parallel with the lectures the students will conduct a constructional analysis involving interpretation of a theme and relating construction, space and architecture to each other. On the basis of the plans, constructional details and other documents, students will present the analytical axonometrical redesign or the model of part of a twentieth-century building.

Link: Università della Svizzera italiana

1 Comment

  1. Josh

    Hi! I’m reading this post absolutely on late, but I really like it because I’m specialized in studying innovative construction systems, so I’m very interested in this topic. I’ll follow your posts for sure!


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