Built Environment 2

Unit code: NBD3100 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
NBD1101 - Building Design Documentation
NBD1100 - Built Environment Communication and Skills
NBC1112 - Building Science
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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).

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

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