The unit introduces the students to the behaviour, properties, performance and limitations of the most widely used construction materials. The important link between ecologically sustainable design and construction material choice is explored, including the significance of Green Star Ratings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the types, properties and applicability of materials; most commonly used in building construction work  
  2. Demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of both traditional and contemporary construction and building materials such as masonry, aluminium, glass, polymers and composites  
  3. Identify the application and installation requirements of construction materials and components in various environments;  
  4. Distinguish the factors which influence the choice and selection of sustainable materials for adequate performance, including life cycle analysis and recyclability; and  
  5. Describe the importance of the WHS and environmental requirements for working in a construction site with specific materials  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Group Lab Reports (2) 20%
Report Team Report and Presentation 40%
Test Tests (2) (week1 and 4) 40%

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