This unit will introduce you to a range of key concepts in environmental sustainability principles. This unit acknowledges regional, national and international environmental responsibilities by introducing students to principles of environmental design. It explores relationships between climate and design using passive techniques that influence the environmental performance of small scale buildings in the local context. In this unit students will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of building design professionals in relation to the design and planning of the built environment. The impact of how current trends can reduce the environmental footprint associated with the development of the built environment will also be explored.

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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. Model and simulate integrated building designs in the area of building envelop, thermal comfort, daylighting, and façade design;  
  3. Formulate deep insights into a wide range of technological approaches to the design of energy efficient buildings;  
  4. Communicates final designs to a wide audience through high level graphical illustration skills; and  
  5. Effective technical and oral communicate with a range of skilled professionals, including government officials, architects, builders and engineers.  


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) Team Portfolios, Poster and Physical Model 40%
Presentation One (1) Team Presentation (fifteen (15) minutes) 10%

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