20 credits at level HE5
When dealing with space planning and alterations in buildings we have to consider some technical factors. For example we are not able knock walls down without considering what may happen to the building. This module aims to equip you with an understanding and knowledge of the legal and construction factors which may influence and affect your design. Students of interior design need an awareness of typical methods of construction and the importance of retaining the structural integrity of buildings. In addition, your designs have to be placed within the context of legislation. In England and Wales those include the Planning Laws, the Building Regulations and Listed Buildings consent. Internationally similar legislation exists although this varies from country to country.
It is also important to recognise and be aware of the roles of other professionals in construction, such as architects, service engineers, quantity surveyors (QS) and structural engineers. You need to be aware of when it is appropriate to call upon their areas of expertise.
This module provides the basic knowledge of the legislative and technical framework which is the context and environment within which interior design exists. A basic understanding of these areas is an essential requirement for successful interior design.
You will be able to incorporate and develop the information gained within this module in your future work. You will also appreciate the changing nature of the legislative framework as most regulations alter and are updated on a regular basis.
The delivery of this module is focused on UK construction and legislation However, interior designers, along with other construction professionals work worldwide, and an understanding of the principals governing work in England and Wales can form the base upon which to learn specific regulations relevant to other areas of the world.
You will cover a number of subject areas in this module. The examples given below refer to legislation in the UK. Other countries have similar legislation although it may be given a different name: for example both India and the USA each have their own legislation called the National Building Code (NBC) while Canada has its version called 'National Building Code of Canada 2005'.
Some of the subjects you will learn are;
• The techniques and materials used in the construction of low rise buildings up to two stories in height. For example typical wall construction for external and internal walls and floors; the implications of load bearing and non load bearing partitions; thermal/sound requirements; ventilation; drainage. This is important for you as an interior designer giving you the confidence to talk to contractors knowledgeably by being aware of where structural alterations can be carried out.
• Planning Control: The Town and Country Planning Acts and typical planning applications, including filling in a planning application.
• Building Control: The Building Act and Building Regulations applicable to low rise domestic and non domestic buildings. You will learn how to access and apply the Building Regulations and fill in an application form.
• Associated legislation: Other legislation relevant to interior design such as Listed building Consent.
The above content is indicative only due to the dynamic nature of the legislative framework and advances in technology which constantly result in changes to the materials and constructions used to create buildings.
You will be taught in a variety of ways in this module including: lectures; workshop sessions; seminars and small group tutorials.
Use will be made of the University’s VLE (Moodle); websites: in particular the government websites containing all the current legislation; construction DVD’s showing typical building construction; drawing and sketching of construction details.
There are three elements of assessment. The first two are written reports incorporating drawings and plans. The third one is an inclass assessment based on skills developed and information analysed throughout the module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to identify common methods of construction and structural forms.||
1.1 Be able to analyse different construction techniques and identify structural elements.
1.2 Produce sketches of construction details to an accuracy and standard appropriate to design student at this level
|2.||Understand how existing low rise buildings are constructed and how they may be refurbished and altered.||2.1 Be able to identify different forms of construction and assess the impact of alterations upon a structure|
|3.||Be able to appreciate the need for and display an understanding of building control and planning regulations.||3.1 Be able to analyse and evaluate planning and building control legislation situation for an given building in a specified location|
|4.||Understand the building control and planning system and know how to prepare building regulation and planning applications.||
4.1. Be able to identify and comply with relevant building control and planning legislation.
4.2 Complete relevant and comprehensible documentation for building regulation and planning applications.
|5.||Be able to appreciate the limit of the knowledge and understanding of construction methods and legislation expected from a student with an interior design training.||5.1 Analyse specific issues, assess the need for specialist advice and identify suitable professional advisors.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Formative: Written report including sketches, plans and diagrams.||Summative: Written report including sketches, plans and diagrams.||Summative: Time limited summary of certain aspects of the syllabus.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Marshall D. and Worthing, D. (2000) The Construction of Houses, Estates Gazette, 3rd Ed.
Chudley, R. & Greeno R. (1999) Construction Technology, 3rd Edition. Harlow: Longman
Fleming, E., (2005), Construction Technology an Illustrated introduction. London: Blackwell.
Polley, S. (2009) Understanding the Building Regulations, 4th Edition, London: Taylor and Francis
The following list of websites pertains to the UK. Similar websites are availble for the country of delivery and this information will be included in the module guide which is updated every year.
UK Government website for building regulations: www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/buildingregulations/
UK Government website for planning permission etc: www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planning/
UK Health and Safety executive: www.hse.gov.uk/
UK Government website for planning information: www.planningportal.gov.uk
|Host Subject Group:||Art and Design|
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