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ZEMCH Sustainable Design Workshop (ABPL90394)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90394
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is an intensive 5-day workshop that encompasses a series of lectures on zero energy mass custom home (ZEMCH) design and function analysis techniques, as well as hands-on trainings of energy and environmental design simulation tools for implementation during the workshop.

The ZEMCH Sustainable Design Workshop will consist of:

  • Knowledge transfer activities;
  • Design demonstration site visit and function analysis;
  • Design code and housing prototype development;
  • Energy and environmental design simulation and mass custom design development; and
  • Data collation and presentation.

The workshop will be carried out on the University campus. Victorian homebuilder/housing manufacturer will be invited to the workshop whose learning outcomes will be presented in the form of four group oral presentations and one A0 size group poster submission. Prior to the workshop, students are requested to read a textbook that packages ZEMCH engineering design knowledge related to: (1) Sustainable development; (2) Mass housing; (3) Prefabrication; (4) Mass customisation; (5) Mass personalisation; (6) Inclusive design; (7) Energy use in housing; (8) Passive design; (9) Active technologies; (10) Zero energy homes; (11) Building performance and simulation; and (12) Business operation. Along with the workshop experience, the knowledge gained through the pre-teaching ZEMCH textbook reading will be tested by means of a 2h examination.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Identify social, economic and environmental sustainability issues in housing
  • Demonstrate a mass custom design approach to sustainable housing development
  • Undertake function analysis towards housing design code development
  • Apply cost reduction strategies for housing design
  • Undertake inclusive design for housing
  • Identify design elements that affect domestic energy use
  • Devise passive design techniques for reduction of housing energy demand
  • Visualise shading and day-lighting patterns and ventilation scheme
  • Estimate operational housing energy consumption
  • Identify renewable energy technologies applicable to affordable housing development
  • Simulate renewable energy power generation
  • Present design solutions applied for the delivery of zero energy mass custom homes

Generic skills

  • Ability to manage interdisciplinary teamwork and organizational collaboration
  • Ability to deliver written, verbal and graphic presentation of gained knowledge and ideas
  • Correct use of design and engineering terminology
  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Creative response to complex problems
  • Ability to select appropriate design and assessment approaches
  • Ability to collaborate with others

Last updated: 17 May 2019