Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Building Mechanics and Facilities I

Building Mechanics and Facilities I
Second semester
Technical Module
Installations 1
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: English

Teaching staff

Messages should be sent via the dedicated space on the Intranet.

The course documents should be sent in either direction via the internet.

Appointments for one-on-one assistance outside class hours should be requested by email.


Course director:

Miquel Samaranch Gallen - msamaranch@cir.uic.es

Academic assistance times of Miquel Samaranch: Mondays, 12.00 – 13.00, subject to prior appointment.

Thermal, acoustic and lighting systems and their corresponding installations form part of the basic requirements for buildings.

The growing importance and complexity of installations in buildings is increasingly forcing architects to collaborate with specialists in these fields.

Thus the architect, as the planner and project manager, should have sufficient basic knowledge of building installations and the regulations governing them to perform his or her function as a coordinator for the entire construction process.

The Installations 1 course encompasses energy, air-conditioning, water supply and drainage installations, all of which are understood as being an integral part of the architectural project.

Pre-course requirements

There are no specific pre-course requirements, but students are asked to come to class having read the recommended notes and with the necessary working materials.


To facilitate students’ integration of the rich and complex field of environmental conditioning in the design process of their projects.

To help students understand the fundamental physical concepts that determine environmental comfort and the interrelationship between the different installations necessary to achieve this level of comfort within a building.

To equip students with the ability to judge the dimensions of installations at the planning phase with the aim of anticipating and controlling the spaces needed for the equipment and conduits of installations.

To develop students’ capacity to draw up the project documentation necessary, both written and graphic, to undertake a building project.


  • 16-T - Ability to conceive, calculate, design, integrate in buildings and urban complexes and execute installations for the supply, treatment and evacuation of water, central heating and air-conditioning systems.
  • 17 - Ability to apply building and technical standards
  • 22 - Ability to plan building and urban installations for the transformation and supply of electricity, telecommunications systems, acoustic conditioning systems and artificial lighting.
  • 23 - Ability to preserve installations.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

-Design a project, taking into account its installations and the regulations and standards that govern them.

-Pre-dimension the relevant installations in line with the proposed use of the building.

-Integrate and manage the different technical projects in the architectural project.








Teaching and learning activities

In blended

Class exhibition
16-T 17 22 23 1,15
Class participation
16-T 17 22 23 0,1
Clase practice
16-T 17 22 23 0,5
16-T 17 22 23 0,75
Individual or group study
16-T 17 22 23 2,5

Bibliography and resources

The relevant standards, such as the Technical Building Code (CTE in Spain) and others

Manufacturers’ brochures

Specific computer programmes