The course "Building Services L" consists of 24 theoretical teaching hours , accounting for 1.5 credits. It is offered in the major of Civil engineering and starts in the autumn semester.
The capital and installation costs of building services in modern buildings can take up 50% of the total construction budget. For highly serviced buildings such as sports centres, this figure can easily exceed 75%. Services can also take up 15% of a building's volume.
The services included in this book are cold and hot water supplies, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, drainage, sanitation, refuse and sewage disposal, gas, electricity, oil installation, fire services, transportation, accommodation for services, energy recoveryand alternative energy. The emphasis throughout is economic use of text with a high proportion of illustrations to show the principles of installation in a comprehensive manner. Where appropriate, subjects are supplemented with references for further reading into legislative and national standards. Most topics have design applications with charts and formulae to calculate plant and equipment ratings or sizes.
Building services are the dynamics in a static structure, providing movement, communications, facilities and comfort. As they are unavoidable, it is imperative that architects, surveyors, builders, structural engineers, planners, estate managers and all those concerned with the construction of buildings have a knowledge and appreciation of the subject.