This unit aims to explore the scientific concepts of heat, light and sound, and from this develops foundational principles and methods applicable to buildings. It is divided into five topics: climate and resources: thermal environment: building services: lighting; and acoustics.
Students will gain an understanding of the terminology, physical values and metrics in each of these topics, and how they apply to the design and function of buildings. Theoretical models to predict key physical values in buildings are presented and used in assessments. Learning is supported by measurement exercises.
Property and physical infrastructure are essential elements of business operations and organisational functions.
This unit of study will examine the key issues in built assets and facilities management (FM), and how they relate to strategic management within the context of high performance buildings.
Operational Facilities Management is a service industry concerned with the day-to-day operations required to run an organisation's facilities.
Primarily facility operation has to satisfy the user organisation's statutory responsibilities. Beyond that, whilst some major costs (such as Rates, Land Taxes, Insurance premiums etc.) are fixed, other costs are amenable to management.
Investors associated with the property industry require at the outset Return On Investment (ROI) evaluations before committing capital.
This unit of study examines the economic principles as they apply to buildings, from capital growth and life cycle management perspectives.