This unit focuses on the design, assessment (the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard,BESS and the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) and documentation process of a single sustainable dwelling. It combines the theoretical knowledge of the environmental performance of residential buildings, covering management, water, energy, stormwater, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), transport, waste, urban ecology and innovation, with the design process in accordance with planning permit requirements. Students will learn how to use these skills to deliver sustainable, net-zero energy and practical residential building design and to prepare environmentally sustainable design (ESD) report. These skills are closely aligned with industry expectations for positions, such as building designers and ESD consultants in architectural , building design, engineering and construction companies.
|1.||Critically analyse the principles, materials, structure and strategies used in residential buildings and integrate theoretical knowledge, building environmental performance assessments and creativity to deliver sustainable and net-zero energy residential building;|
|2.||Critically review the residential building codes (BCA), Australian Standards requirements and guidelines that are used in planning and building permit applications, and the environmental performance of the residential buildings;|
|3.||Demonstrate a clear understanding of Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS), Codes for Sustainable Homes, Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)and other environmental building performance tools;|
|4.||Conduct, interpret and apply Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment and integrate bushfire protection requirements into building design and construction; and|
|5.||Formulate an environmentally sustainable design (ESD) report for residential buildings.|
|Case Study||Case Study||20%|
|Project||Portfolio and presentation demonstrating design outputs||30%|
|Report||Environmental performance evaluation of the initial design to comply with the regulations.||15%|
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