Global warming has reinforced the importance of designing green buildings with lowering the energy consumption of existing buildings. This unit of study focuses on both aspects. In the first stage of the unit, students will become familiar with principles of environmentally sustainable design. Students will design green commercial buildings. The second stage of the unit covers an introduction to building performance analysis tools (software as used by architects and engineers in compliance with energy efficiency provisions of the Building Code of Australia), computer simulation modelling of buildings including thermal and solar performance, natural ventilation, natural and artificial lighting. At the end of the second stage students will analyse alternative design scenarios to optimise the thermal and lighting performance of buildings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate deep insights into a wide range of engineering and technological approaches to the design of green buildings;  
  2. Adopt a critical approach to designing buildings that are energy efficient and in harmony with their surroundings;  
  3. Model and simulate complex integrated building designs in the area of thermal performance, natural ventilation, air conditioning, solar penetration, thermal comfort, and natural/artificial lighting; and  
  4. Devise professional graphical illustration skills with which students can communicate their designs to a wide audience.  
  5. Work and communicate individually and with others effectively on a range of built environment-related topics;  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study One (1) Case Study (500 words) 25%
Portfolio One (1) Portfolio 25%
Portfolio One Team portfolios, poster and physical model. 40%
Presentation One (1) Team Oral Presentation (15 minutes) 10%

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