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Environmental Design-Residential (ARCH30004)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeARCH30004
Winter Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Environmental Design- Residential forms part of the Environmental Systems specialisation.

This subject prioritises the sustainable building design process and assessment tools used in the design of NCC class 1 – 2 buildings, which include standalone single dwellings and apartment buildings.

The subject combines theoretical knowledge of the environmental performance of residential buildings (such as energy, comfort, water, daylight, waste, ecology, innovation) with a practical understanding of how the industry assesses them in accordance with Town Planning requirements, the Building Code of Australia, NatHERS and other specialised assessment tools. These skills are closely aligned with industry expectations for positions such as: graduates ESD consultant positions in architecture and engineering companies.

The subject will maximise industry interaction through guest speakers, case studies and site visits.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:


  • Provide general advice on the environmental performance of a range of residential buildings, including potential problems from the design of the building fabric, services, and renewable systems;
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the industry processes and tools that are used in both town planning and building permit applications;
  • Provide general environmental design advice for a project at the concept stage, such as orientation, heating and cooling loads, facade glazing percentage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems, lighting and renewable energy systems;
  • Complete assessments of residential buildings for current town planning and current building permit requirements;
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the range of environmental building performance tools, such as Building Environment Sustainability Scorecard, Code for Sustainable Homes, Passivhaus, NatHERS, HOT2000, RETScreen International;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ways to achieve 'nearly net-zero' or 'net-zero' building performance targets.

Generic skills

  • Upon successful completion of this subject the student will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills: • Capacity for independent thought • ability to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources • ability to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations; • ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion; • ability to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision;

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects




  • Group presentation on town planning and compliance, 5 minutes per student (equivalent to 500 words per student), due on Day 3, 10%;
  • Group presentation on sustainable housing community upgrades, 5 minutes per student (equivalent to 500 words per student), due on Day 3, 10%;
  • Individual presentation on energy efficiency design strategies, 5 minutes per student (equivalent to 500 words per student), due on Day 4, 10%;
  • Individual presentation on zero energy housing design strategies, 10 minutes per student (equivalent to 1000 words per student), due on Day 5, 20%;
  • Individual ESD Essay (2000 words), one week after the last class, 50% (hurdle requirement );

Hurdle requirement: Attending of 80% of classes is hurdle requirement.

Dates & times

  • Winter Term
    Principal coordinatorMasa Noguchi
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours40 hours over one week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period15 July 2019 to 19 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date16 July 2019
    Census date17 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 July 2019
    Assessment period ends26 July 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is one of the two subjects which forms Environmental Design Specilisation in B- DES.

    Please note in 2019 this subject will be offered in Winter and from 2020 might be offered in December

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 May 2019