This unit specifies the outcomes required to integrate the layout of services and connections into building design documentation for residential (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) and commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) buildings. It includes the knowledge and application of current sustainable and energy efficient practices and appliances and involves consultation with other professionals to obtain agreement on service layout details and specifications. It requires compliance with relevant legislation, Australian Standards and the BCA.

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: - communication skills to consult with other professionals and negotiate required amendments; - read and interpret: relevant documentation and legislation; the BCA; plans, working drawings and specifications; - use language and concepts appropriate to industry conventions, including industry terminology and definitions; - use and interpret non-verbal communication; - numeracy skills to apply measurements and basic calculations relating to service installations; - accurately document details and specifications of services layout; - document specifications to mitigate project risks; - prepare documentation to an accepted industry standard; - teamwork skills to work effectively with clients and other stakeholders; - interpret information from plans and drawings; - identify and resolve typical faults and problems; - evaluate mechanical ventilation and air-conditioning for energy efficiency; - apply standards to artificial lighting and light sources; - planning and organising skills to collect, organise and analyse information on services layouts; - initiative and enterprise skills to apply design concepts and principles relating to service installations; - self management skills to enable the completion of work tasks according to timelines and project schedule; - use relevant computer software; - produce documentation and calculations, and; - work safely in a design drafting working environment according to legislation and workplace policies and procedures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - nature of materials and effect on performance relating to service installations; - working drawings and specifications relating to service installations; - a variety of design concepts and principles relating to service installation; - role and responsibilities of building designers relating to services layout; - service installation terminology, definitions, installation methods and hazards in relation to devices and systems using Australian Standards, the BCA and manufacturer's specifications, and; - sustainability and energy efficiency principles and practices in relation to services installation.

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