Global warming has reinforced the importance of designing environmentally friendly buildings with less energy consumption. This unit (NBD3003) of study focuses on both environmental sustainability and commercial building design. In the first stage of the unit, students will become familiar with environmental sustainability principles for their commercial sustainable design. The second stage of the unit covers an introduction to building performance analysis tools for students to analyse and explore alternative design scenarios to optimise the environmental performance of buildings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the construction principles, materials and design strategies of commercial building design;  
  2. Demonstrate design skills to develop environmentally friendly commercial buildings from initial concept stage to detailed design;  
  3. Critically review the environmental performance of commercial buildings by modelling and stimulating the building design in the areas of indoor environmental quality, natural and mechanical ventilation and natural/artificial lighting;  
  4. Communicate design ideas and strategies effectively to targeted audience; and  
  5. Formulate an environmentally sustainable design (ESD) report for commercial buildings.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Individual Case Study 20%
Project Individual - Initial Design (10%) Group - Design Development (40%) 50%
Presentation Group - Final Design Presentation 10%
Report Group - ESD Report 20%

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