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Environmental Systems (ABPL90086)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90086
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides a coverage of the different systems significant in the design of buildings, which are described in terms of 3 interlocking systems: human, mechanical and natural systems.

Human Systems

  • Concepts of environmental comfort: heat, light and sound
  • Occupational Health, Safety and Environment
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Mechanical Systems

  • energy efficiency, alternative energy sources and energy management
  • active solar heating and cooling systems;
  • electrical, telecommunications, transportation and building management systems;
  • air-conditioning system designs; refrigeration, heating and air handling plants;
  • façade design, natural ventilation and mixed mode systems;
  • displacement ventilation, evaporative cooling and radiant cooling systems;
  • special servicing conditions
  • acoustical design and noise control

Natural Systems

  • passive design techniques for buildings
  • waste and water treatment techniques, WSUD (water sensitive urban design)
  • green infrastructure and ecological services
  • integrated greenery – green roofs and vertical greenery

Sustainable building standards like Green Star and NABERS will also be introduced and used in the discourse of the lectures.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit the student is expected to:

  • Have a fundamental knowledge of issues related to sustainable building design;
  • Understand relative importance of human, mechanical and natural system as they apply to building construction;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with issues such as : concepts of environmental comfort, post-occupancy evaluation, mechanical system efficiency; and passive design techniques.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:
• Knowledge of technical terms and ability to communicate with specialized consultants in the environmentally sustainable design of buildings
• An understanding of sustainability issues relating to the work of specialized consultants
• An understanding of integrated environmental systems in building design

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

702-465 Environmental Systems

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


Additional details

  • Professional report equivalent to 3,000 words (60%) simulating an ESD report for a new building proposal, providing a technical understanding of the green building design process, including implementation issues, through individual and group work. The report will be submitted in the following stages:

- Passive systems (15%) due in Week 4
- Active systems (15%) due in Week 8
- Final ESD report outlining overall environmental system recommendations for the building analysed (30%) due in Week 11

  • Class presentation of 10 minutes (10%) held in Week 10, outlining the overall recommendations for the building analysed in the ESD report.
  • Assignment equivalent to 2,000 words (30%) due in week 12, focusing on the ability to think creatively and research and evaluate the traditional and alternate methodologies that drive social, environmental and economic outcomes.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMasa Noguchi
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 2 hours of lectures per week; 1 x 2 hours of tutorials per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Masayoshi Noguchi


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Szokolay, S. V. Introduction to Architectural Science: the Basis of Sustainable Design. London : Elsevier/Architectural Press, 2008.
    Gonçalves, Joana Carla Soares. The Environmental Performance of Tall Buildings. London: Earthscan, 2010.
    Kibert, Charles J. Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery. 2nd ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2008.

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Parlour, R. P. Building Services: a Guide to Integrated Design & Engineering for Architects. Pymble, N.S.W: Integral Publishing, 2000.

  • 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: 19 April 2019