Module title: Design and Building Standards 2

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV08413
Module leader: Michael Lee
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added


Description of module content:

This module offers an insight into the history and development of the Building Control system in Scotland which led to the ‘The Building Scotland Act, 2003’.

The module will provide an understanding of the role of the Building Standards Division in Scotland and the role of Scottish Ministers.

The ‘Procedural Handbook’, which defines the relationship between the general public and ‘Building Control’ will be reviewed generally and key aspects of the handbook discussed in detail. Key aspects of the handbook include the nature and issuing of ‘Building Warrant’s, enforcement measures, the issue of dangerous and defective buildings, the nature of certifiers of design and construction and what is meant by a verifier.

The Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations, 2004 and selected sections of the associated technical handbooks for domestic and non-domestic construction will be reviewed and discussed.

The issue of fire in buildings is a particularly important issue to the extent that ‘Fire Engineering’, encompassing issues such as fire and smoke growth, fire resistance, detection and suppression, means of escape will be highlighted within the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically reflect upon the requirements of Building Acts, Legislation and Procedures;

LO2: Demonstrate a knowledge of Building Control Procedures, warrant application, fees and enforcement.

LO3: Accurately assess technical information on building component details and drawings for compliance with selected Sections of the Technical Handbooks.

LO4: Critically reflect upon the principles governing fire in buildings, active and passive control measures and means of escape.

LO5: Accurately assess the design of buildings and building elements in relation to compliance with the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations, 2004.

LO6: Demonstrate ability in the preparation of a set of Building Warrant application drawings and construction details with associated outline specifications to comply with current regulations.

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