This unit focuses on the design, assessment (e.g. the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS), the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), etc.) and documentation process of a single sustainable dwelling. It combines the theoretical knowledge of the environmental performance of residential buildings (including energy, water, stormwater, transport, waste, urban ecology, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) 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 architecture, building design, engineering and construction companies.
|1.||Critically analyse the principles, materials, structure and strategies used in residential buildings and integrate them into design propositions 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), HOT2000, RETScreen, and other environmental building performance tools;|
|4.||Integrate theoretical knowledge, building environmental performance assessments and creativity to achieve sustainable and net-zero energy building design; 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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