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Environmental Building Systems (ABPL20036)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20036
Semester 1
Semester 2
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This subject covers key elements of building services and sustainability at a residential and commercial scale. The subject aims to teach the basic terminology and concepts behind providing comfortable and effectively functioning buildings in terms of sun, envelope, services (water, waste, gas, electricity, data, fire protection), heating and cooling, air quality, acoustics and vertical transport. Using the sustainability tools being used in the industry (FirstRate5, and Green Star) students will be given a framework in which to understand how buildings perform and their impact on the environment. They will also be introduced to modelling software that will enable them to carry out performance analysis of initial designs.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Understand the terminology, principles and techniques of environmental control systems at both small and medium scale;
  • Integrate environmental controls into architectural designs in a sustainable manner.

Generic skills

The following skills should be obtained upon completion of the subject:

  • Written, verbal and graphic presentation of ideas;
  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Evaluation of existing knowledge;
  • Appropriate use of design terminology;
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples.

Last updated: 11 October 2019