Performance Based Solutions for Building

Unit code: NBC2109 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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This unit is concerned with implementation of the performance-based codes, risk assessment and risk management principles to commercial and residential buildings including all classes and all types of construction. This unit deals with the objectives, functional statements and performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia and reviews the impact of the introduction of performance based solutions and private building certifiers/surveyors.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the differences between established deemed-to-satisfy protocols and professional judgement relating to performance based solutions;
  2. Justify and document performance based solution decisions and prepare and evaluate appropriate assessment reports;
  3. Judge performance based solutions in relation to the impact on building maintenance and refurbishment;
  4. Evaluate and justify the potential benefits in using performance based solutions in place of deemed-to-satisfy provisions;
  5. Analyse ethical and professional behaviour in practice; and
  6. Exemplify effective communication with a range of skilled professionals, including architects, builders and engineers.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Quiz 1
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Quiz 2
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Team design project
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Project Oral Presentation

Required reading

Performance Requirements extracted from the National Construction Code 2016
National Construction Code (2016)| ABCB Publications, Canberra

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