Course Title: Sustainability in the built environment: A focus on building and design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainability in the built environment: A focus on building and design

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2010,

Course Coordinator: Trivess Moore

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9071

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.24

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The building industry is under increasing pressure to improve the sustainability performance of buildings. This presents a significant innovation challenge for building designers, developers and managers
In this course you will develop your understanding of the context, principles and practice of environmentally sustainable design (ESD), with an emphasis on the energy and environmental performance of buildings. You will further develop your understanding of the strategies used in environmentally sustainable design and the performance assessment frameworks used to determine the sustainability of the built environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Determine and apply knowledge of complex sustainable building theory, principles and practice, to contribute to the design and management of sustainable buildings
• Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable building theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
• Professionally communicate and justify sustainable building design principles, strategies, solutions and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders, including across the government and industry sectors
• Adopt a building performance and systems approach, and apply specialist knowledge and technical skills to creatively address the diverse needs of sustainable building stakeholders


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Identify the characteristics of best-practice in sustainable building initiatives
• Apply sustainability criteria to accurately assess the performance of a building
• Identify and analyse effective strategies for achieving sustainable buildings and sustainable design outcomes
• Critically analyse Australian sustainability policy and project initiatives
• Evaluate and communicate the effectiveness of current sustainability initiatives and assess whether these initiatives are operating in an effective sustainability framework

Overview of Learning Activities

The course consists of on-line course materials, interactive workshops and/or seminars. You will be engaged in hands-on face to face and online interactive class activities, group discussions and/or computer based workshop.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
As part of the learning in this course you will be directed to lecture notes and other related information through links in MyRMIT. Resources you will utlise in this course include lecture notes, case studies, software package and library resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment may include, but is not limited to, written report(s), individual/group assignments, online test(s), in-class presentation(s) and building simulation exercises where you will apply selected building design strategies to determine building sustainability performance.
Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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