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This subject provides a broad introduction and review of the key principles of sustainable design to be applied to architecture with an emphasis on building and indoor environment performance. The subject aims to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge about evidence-based design strategies, including a range of user-centred strategies, technologies, performance evaluation tools and/or methods. The subject reviews quantitative and qualitative assessment methods and tools. An introduction to various rating and certification systems is also provided.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain and apply the terminology, principles and techniques of environmental building performance .
- Explain and apply high-performance targets relevant to environmental building performance.
- Demonstrate ability to choose and use a range of environmental building performance tools.
- Identify and solve Indoor Environmental Quality (thermal comfort, acoustics, visual comfort and Indoor Air Quality) issues relevant to the design of spaces.
- Provide general environmental design advice for a project at the concept stage, with consideration to environmental building performance.
- Written, verbal and graphic presentation of ideas;
- Critical thinking and analysis and a capacity for independent thought;
- Evaluation of existing knowledge;
- Application of generic theories to specific examples;
- Ability to learn from experiments and through reflection and analysis;
- Effective communication with peers and the community at large;
- Ability to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources
- Ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion
Last updated: 10 November 2023