Construction and Installations II

Teaching staff

Oriol Hostench

Oriol Hostench

Architecture graduate from the ETSAB. He holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and History of Art and Architecture.

Architecture graduate from the ETSAB. He holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and History of Art and Architecture. Oriol specialises in architectural heritage and lectures on the Master’s degree in Monument Restoration at the Escola Gremial d’Electricitat i Fontaneria de Barcelona. He also lectures on the Construction and Facilities subject of the Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at the BAU. He is an architecture graduate from the ETSAB and holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and History of Art and Architecture.

Fact sheet

Formal qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Design

Credits: 6

Semester: 1

Course: Third

Typology: Elective Interior Design

Code subject: GDVI93


The student will acquire theoretical knowledge of structural and construction systems specific to the construction and installation field. This knowledge will allow them to develop projects with a solid and stable structure or framework. Knowledge of wood and stone will be strengthened as a first look into the construction world.

The student will acquire theoretical knowledge about water and heat-powered installations. They will learn about the different mechanisms for water-based environment conditioning, smoke evacuation, combustion and sanitary hot water.



Module I. Construction II

  • 1. Type of wood. Development of wooden fittings. Treatment of wood materials.
  • 2. Knowledge of the characteristics of wood when used in furniture. Ability to build wooden furniture or modules.
  • 3. Types of stone used for surface finishes – natural and artificial. Pavements, tiles, countertops for kitchens or bathrooms… Knowledge about the different construction systems used in interior design projects.
  • 4. Ability to design a space using stone as a basic material.

Module II. Installation II.

Unit 1. Energy in buildings.

  • Approach to the different types of energy that affect buildings. Renewable and non-renewable.
  • Electric, solar, geothermal and combustion.
  • Present-day installations; form versus function.
  • Design of installations versus design of spaces.

Unit 2. Comfort in interior design.

  • Physical principles of air conditioning, main heat-exchange forms.
  • Concepts of thermal transmission.
  • The sun as a source of heat.
  • Air-conditioning systems (water and air).
  • Introduction to thermography.

Unit 3. Domestic sanitary hot water

  • Heat sources: gas and electricity. Boilers and heaters.
  • Water in buildings. Materials, elements and spaces for use.

Unit 4. Installing water-powered HVAC.

  • General concepts of hydrothermal and hydrometrics.
  • Water-water HVAC systems.
  • Water-air HVAC systems.
  • Pre-calculation of installations by water.



  • Shows adequate knowledge of solar, electrical, gas combustion or LPG power and geothermal systems most commonly used in buildings.
  • Designs and calculates the most fitting HVAC installations for designated spaces.
  • Accurate knowledge of special systems built with wood and stone installation, manufacturers, suppliers and designers in the industry.
  • Demonstrates a mastery of advanced knowledge and a profound understanding of theoretical and practical aspects.
  • Applies their knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills to the professional side of interior design in creative and innovative ways.
  • Carries out evaluation processes to assess their own practice and that of others from a critical and responsible perspective.



  • SS3. The ability to conceptualise and experiment with suggestions for design projects, and approach them with a proactive and problem solving attitude that will facilitate decisive solutions to real or potential problems, all the while taking into account the integration of cultural, artistic and instrumental approaches.
  • SS7. Consider the properties and behaviour of the materials used in the different fields of design, in order to use them at the professional level in their own productions with aesthetic sensitivity and social and environmental responsibility.
  • SS9. Implementation of design projects which provide alternative solutions and propose improvements based on functionality and viability. These solutions and improvements must also be able to respond to problems or changing situations in advance, through the development of a formal production at a professional level.



  • Observation of participation
  • Monitoring of the work produced
  • Specific tests: exams
  • Realisation of works or projects
  • Presentation of projects