This unit specifies the outcomes required to apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings. It requires compliance with state legislation and the provisions for Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 2 to 9 and relevant Australian Standards as they apply to the structural and construction components of a commercial building.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. However, this unit forms part of a minimum qualification requirement for registration with the Victorian Building Authority as a building designer (architectural).

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements and share information with internal and external personnel, where required - read and interpret: construction drawings and specifications; state regulatory authority requirements; Australian Standards; relevant sections of the BCA; other relevant legislation and reports prepared by specialised personnel; - use language, terminology and concepts appropriate to industry conventions; - accurately document construction specifications to mitigate project risks; - prepare documentation to an accepted industry standard; - numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations to construction systems; - interpret relevant legislation for the design and construction of a commercial building; - apply construction techniques and methodologies to the intent of the design; - specify requirements for construction standards and practices; - select structural members according to project or specification requirements; - combine materials into workable construction systems; - analyse site conditions to establish specifications; - resolve construction and design issues with regard to structural systems; - technological skills to complete documentation and calculations; - teamwork skills during consultation with, and coordination of, internal and external personnel, and; - work safely in a design drafting working environment and on a site according to legislation and workplace policies and procedures. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - structural components and construction methodologies and related terminology; - the principles of construction of commercial buildings; - the characteristics, performance and application of construction materials; - working drawings and specifications for the design of commercial buildings; - effects of legislative requirements on the design approval process; - integration of services in a building design; - statutory requirements for fire separation for commercial buildings, and; - specifications for a commercial building providing optimum safety, health and amenity for users.

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