This unit of study exposes students to fundamentals of building technologies with emphasis on performance evaluation and materials. A strong focus will be given to the principles of designing and evaluating high-performance envelopes. This unit will also encourage students to develop an integrated understanding of the implications that materials and design solutions have on the technological aspects of architecture. Based on lectures and studio, this unit is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge needed to design and evaluate a building envelope performance. In particular, this unit of study will help students to understand and apply principles of building physics, envelope performance indicators, visualisation and effective communication of the project, building systems and technological detailing of building components. This unit will focus on teaching students how to design, specify and evaluate different building materials, including, but not limited to brick, concrete, steel and glass. Finally, students will also be exposed to relevant building code regulation and industry practice in Australia.
lectures/studios 4 hrs/week
new building material proposal (20%), exterior wall design (50%), detailing project (30%)