Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Building Mechanics and Facilities II

Building Mechanics and Facilities II
First semester
Technical Module
Installations 2
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, 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.


Miquel Samaranch Gallen - msamaranch@uic.es

Xavier Martínez - xmartinez@uic.ess

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

Academic assistance times of Xavier Martínez: Wednesdays, 12.00 – 13.00, subject to prior appointment.

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

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

The architect, as the planner and project manager, should have sufficient basic knowledge of building installations to be able to perform his or her function as a coordinator.

The Installations 2 course encompasses the installations of fire protection, electricity, lighting and acoustic conditioning, all of which are determining factors in developing an architectural project.

Pre-course requirements

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


To facilitate the integration of the rich and complex field of environmental conditioning in the process of the student’s project.

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 dimension installations at the planning stage 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:

-Conceive 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 person

The themed blocks will start with theory sessions accompanied by guided individual practical assignments.

Each block will end with a group practical session.

Class exhibition
16-T 17 22 23 1,15
Class participation
15-T 16-T 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

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The student’s evaluation will be based on three aspects:

1. Continuous individual assessment by means of supervised practical assignments

2. Appraisal of group practical sessions

3. Final theory examination

By the end of the term, the student will obtain a grade resulting of the arithmetic mean of the different practical exercices and a grade from the exam.

The final grade will be obtained by the weighed average obtained by the 70% of the practical grade and 30% of the exam's grade.

Bibliography and resources

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

Manufacturers’ catalogues

Specific computer programmes