As a result of climate change, there is a definite need for more sustainable approaches to design of buildings. This unit introduces principles of designing residential buildings; provides examples and ideas for buildings of tomorrow, which may include naturally ventilated buildings, the use of thermal storage, advanced façade design for daylighting and solar energy transmission, design for indoor environmental quality (IEQ) improvement; active measures of renewable energy usage and waste minimisation, and use of rainwater and organic matter.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Develop a case for the design of sustainable buildings justifying recommendations based on the need to address climate change in 21st century;  
  2. Critically assess interactions between buildings and their surroundings and evaluate the impact of alternative design approaches;  
  3. Appraise government policies at federal, state and local levels and explain the role of government bodies and other organisations in promoting sustainable development;  
  4. Work effectively and collaboratively as a member and/or leader of a team, and to time-manage multiple tasks; and  
  5. Effective, persuasive, evidence-based advocacy of actions to a variety of audiences.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study One (1) Case Study (500 words) 25%
Portfolio One (1) Portfolio 25%
Portfolio One (1) Team Portfolios, Poster and Physical Model 40%
Presentation One (1) Team Presentation (15 minutes) 10%

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