Core Module Information
Module title: Integrated Building Retrofit

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV11155
Module leader: Behrang Alimohammadisagvand
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying

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

Description of module content:

Historical UK building context:
Archetype, age and period of existing building stock in the UK
Building features typical of existing buildings – floor, wall, roof type
Traditional materials and methods of construction:
Traditional building materials properties, limitations and behaviour in existing buildings
Traditional building methods of construction in existing buildings
Sustainable building retrofit methods and standards:
UK Building standards and its context towards building retrofit
Addressing fuel poverty in domestic buildings and economically/ environmentally unviable non-domestic buildings
Sustainable evaluation of building retrofit
Methods of best practice retrofit of buildings
Examples of different building retrofit methods, case studies, trials and new materials
Social considerations in building retrofit
Traditional building services, ventilation, heating and cooling

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Understand the historical building attributes of domestic and non-domestic buildings
LO2: Critically appraise the principles of traditional materials and methods of construction in existing UK buildings
LO3: Discuss the relevant sustainable standards for the appropriate retrofit of buildings
LO4: Assess and propose sustainable methods of retrofitting domestic and non-domestic buildings

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Behrang Alimohammadisagvand
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Lectures provide the stimulation and theory behind key factors that must be considered when intervening with an historical existing building (LOs:1-4). Case studies will be used to illustrate these issues in real design situations (LOs:3-4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
Leading conservation sector professions have identified the retrofit and refurbishment of buildings as a key challenge for the industry, particularly to lower the environmental impact of the existing building stock in the UK. Policy has a play to part in such drive towards current building stock improvement, however built environment professionals also need to understand how to address such buildings and not treat them as one-size-fits-all solutions.
Research/teaching linkages:
A substantial amount of research material generated by the Scottish Energy Centre is embedded in the teaching material of this module.
Supporting equality and diversity
The nature of the delivery of the various components that make up this module provides scope for engaging students in the module content in ways which can be varied to accommodate a wide range of needs. Particular attention will be given to students with specific special needs, on an individual basis, to ensure that they receive an equivalent experience. Moodle is widely used to support students with their learning and provide wider access to teaching materials.
Where appropriate, international examples of building retrofit will be explained to demonstrate good practice. Reference to International Standards is included.

Formative Assessment:
- All lectures will conclude with a formative assessment to help strengthen the understanding of the content discussed. It will come in the form of:

- Group discussions over the best approach to retrofitting domestic and non-domestic buildings
- Think-pair-share session where a question is raised which can be answered indivisually and then discussed in pairs or larger groups to motivate understanding.
- Architectural detail analysis to propose a histriocal sensitive solution.

Summative Assessment:
-Summative assessments will come in the form of one written coursework 60% of the final mark and a building retrofit appraisal in the form of a presentation worth 5% and a technical report worth 35% of the final mark.
Coursework 1 is a technicaly focused assessment that involves the investigation of a building and to recognise the key building materials and techniques / methods of construction. This will come In the form of written essay explaining the buildings archetype and historical context. Additionally the student requires to select and draw a storey-rod detail in which each component will need to be described and referenced to explain its composition. LO 1-2. Coursework 2 is related to a written essay of the appropriate classification of an existing building of the students choice. It also will require the student to implement some changes and retrofit solutions that may impact the performance and overall design of the building considering its historical context, methods of construction and also address some sustainable standards and retrofit methods. LO1- 4. This assessment scheme is used to develop research and evaluation techniques and to provide formative feedback.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face External visits 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 5 1 & 2 6 HOURS= 0.3
Report 35 1 & 2 6 , WORDS= 2000
Report 60 1, 2, 3, & 4 14/15 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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