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Environmental Building Systems (ABPL20036)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20036
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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, NABERS 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.

Eligibility and requirements


One of the following subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARCH10002 Construction as Alchemy
Semester 1
Semester 2
ABPL10005 Understanding the Built Environment
Semester 1


Admission into the B-ENVS and Completion of 50pts of Architecture or Construction major subjects prior to taking the subject



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Assignment 1, submission of written report and drawings equivalent to 1200 words due week 5, 30%;
  • Weekly Quizzes equivalent to 1200 words, 30%;
  • One 2-hour exam (equivalent to 2000 words) at the end of the semesterperiod, 40%.

Hurdle requirement: A minimum of 40% must be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject. Minimum 80% attendance at tutorials is also a hurdle requirement.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorXavier Cadorel
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Xavier Cadorel

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorXavier Cadorel
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Xavier Cadorel

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

Prescribed texts

Course reader

Recommended texts and other resources

Alison Kwok, The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategie, 2nd Edition.

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Breadth options

This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

Last updated: 11 January 2018