Sustainable Building Design Practice (DESC9148)


Unit content: Sustainable design frameworks; understanding energy, material and water flows between buildings and their environment; the principles of passive solar heating strategies in cold and temperate climates; strategies for controlling solar and other loads on the building fabric; principles of cooling by natural ventilation; low energy mechanical cooling strategies; hybrid and mixed-mode cooling strategies; water sensitive design; environmental and health impacts of building materials; embodied energy of building materials. By the completion of the unit students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of the relevant properties of building materials and construction elements which impact upon the environmental performance of buildings and to demonstrate their competence at applying this knowledge to the formulation of appropriate sustainable design strategies.

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5 day intensive (9am-5pm)


Individual Sustainable Design Case Study (40%); Individual Schematic Sustainable Design (60%)

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