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The subject focuses on the basic principles and concepts of Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and tectonic design to develop design ideas and translate them into built form. Students learn about passive design strategies, structures, materials' physical and ecological properties, conventional and innovative construction techniques, and life-cycle issues to reshape the built environment.
Through analysis, observation, experimentation, testing and review, students explore how design ideas can become environmentally sustainable buildings. They also explore how such buildings interact with natural environments and the inhabitants. Human comfort is discussed as a goal that should be achieved by considering the challenges and opportunities for the built environment to create a better social and environmental future.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who have successfully completed this subject should be able to:
- Identify the possible interactions between natural and built environments to achieve human comfort through Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD).
- Apply passive design strategies and design complementary active systems and services to assure high Internal Environmental Quality (IEQ) performance.
- Identify and apply structural principles and material systems that underpin the design of the built environment.
- Use drawing conventions and technical vocabulary. Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of technical representation.
- Draw on evidence and a critical perspective to reflect on the future challenges and opportunities for sustainable construction.
Students who successfully complete this subject will demonstrate:
- Problem identification, formulation and solution.
- Independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning.
- Communications skills in written and graphic formats.
- Time management.
Last updated: 10 November 2023