This project-based unit will introduce you to a range of key concepts in environmental sustainability principles, roles and responsibilities of building design professionals in relation to the design and planning of the built environment, and the impact of current design trends in reducing the environmental footprints. In this residential design project, you will conduct a site survey, site analysis, conceptual plan, architectural drawings and working drawings with construction details. At the end of the design project, students will propose retrofication methods (using computer modelling systems).

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NBD1101 - Building Design Documentation

NBD1100 - Built Environment Communication and Skills

NBC1112 - Building Science

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically assess interactions between buildings and their surroundings and evaluate the impact of alternative design approaches on environmental sustainability;  
  2. Critically analyse, model and simulate integrated building designs in the area of building envelop, thermal comfort, daylighting, and façade design and formulate deep insights into a wide range of technological approach to retrofit buildings;  
  3. Produce site analysis, conceptual design, final architectural drawings and construction detail;  
  4. Conduct, interpret and apply Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment and integrate bushfire protection requirements into building design and construction; and  
  5. Communicates final designs to a wide audiences (skilled professionals, government officials, architects, builders and engineers) through effective technical skills, high level graphical illustration skills, and oral communication.  


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

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