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Building biology, bio-house design, biological architecture and ecological building all refer to the construction of a building along lines of more natural, renewable resources and health of the occupants. In other words buildings become more people-friendly. It aims to establish a balance between technology, culture and biology.

Ensuring a building is constructed to meet the environmental needs of the area takes not only construction knowledge, but also skills in the art of eco-design. This course goes a long way to help provide these added skills and knowledge.

Syllabus

Introduction to building biology

  • Environmental considerations in a building
  • Building biology
  • Europe
  • Biology and health of buildings
  • Cleaning materials

Building materials

  • Dangerous building materials
  • Chemical effects on the body
  • Timber
  • Plastics
  • Masonry/bricks and concrete
  • Timber treatments
  • Gas appliances, heaters and fireplaces

Construction

  • Roofs and roofing materials
  • Roof construction
  • Floors
  • Pests in buildings

Services

  • Electricity
  • Circuits
  • Measuring electricity
  • Power and Ohm's law
  • Terminology
  • Supply systems
  • Safety with electricity
  • Waste disposal
  • Waste water treatment using reed-beds
  • Suitable plants
  • Temperature control
  • Heaters and coolers

Temperature: heating & cooling

  • Energy conservation
  • Solar energy
  • Applications and the nature of solar energy
  • Greenhouses

The internal environment: Ventilation

  • Children and the elderly
  • Controlling excess moisture
  • Mould and mildew
  • Humidifiers
  • Carbon monoxide risk
  • Radon
  • Air cleaners

Light

  • Lighting principles and terms
  • Types of lighting
  • Replacing fixtures
  • Day lighting
  • Optimising energy efficiency
  • Measuring light

Acoustics

  • Human requirements for sound insulation
  • Secondary sound transmission
  • Speech privacy
  • Reverberation time
  • Measuring sound insulation
  • Improving sound insulation

Ergonomic considerations

  • Form, shape and dimension of spaces
  • Furniture design
  • Layout of interiors
  • Potential injuries
  • Office landscaping

Psychological considerations

  • Colour
  • Psychology of building interiors
  • General principles for house design
  • Qualities of the components
  • Creating effects

Accreditation

This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.

 

Assessment

At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies

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