As a result of climate change, there is a definite need for more sustainable approaches to design of buildings. This unit introduces principles of designing environmental residential buildings; provides examples and ideas for buildings of tomorrow, which may include naturally ventilated buildings, the use of thermal storage, advanced façade design for daylighting and solar energy transmission, design for indoor environmental quality (IEQ) improvement and active measures of renewable energy usage.

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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 design approaches to the design of green residential buildings in response to climate change issues in 21st century;  
  2. Develop and critically assess alternative approaches for designing environmentally sustainable residential buildings based on environmental, structural, cultural and legal constraints  
  3. Appraise international and Australian federal, state and local building regulations and integrate governments and accredited Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) policies in building environmentally sustainable design process;  
  4. Work collaboratively and effectively as a member and/or leader of a team; and  
  5. Effective collaborative and individual communication using range of oral ad paper-based methods.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Team Presentation (5 minutes per team member) 10%
Project Team Poster (2 A0 size pages) 35%
Portfolio Individual Portfolio 35%
Creative Works Physical Model 20%

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