Course Title: Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: BUIL5994C

Course Title: Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4274 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply sound principles of thermal efficiency as part of the implementation of sustainable building and construction processes. The range of legislative and council planning requirements are addressed in this unit, in addition to the need to respond to growing consumer demand for sustainable buildings and environmentally friendly developments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4020A Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures


1. Apply legislative and planning requirements for thermal efficiency to the building process.

Performance Criteria:

1. Apply legislative and planning requirements for thermal efficiency to the building process.
1.1 Current relevant state, territory and council requirements
for building thermally efficient structures are identified.
1.2 Factors that contribute to the construction of a five-star
rated dwelling identified within the Building Code of
Australia (BCA) are identified and the impact of regional
climate differences is assessed.
1.3 Client needs and expectations for the design and
construction of thermally efficient structures are identified
and negotiated.
1.4 Expert design and other advice is gathered as part of the
planning and construction process.
1.5 Relevant Australian standards are consulted to identify the
implications for the conduct of the building project.


2. Review design solutions for effectiveness and compliance.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Impact of radiation, convection, conduction and
evaporation on the thermal comfort of residents is
2.2 Orientation of the building, location and size of glazing,
and use of thermal mass as design features are evaluated
for effectiveness and compliance with planning and other
regulatory requirements.
2.3 Effective strategy for insulating the structure is evaluated,
costed and communicated to the client.
2.4 Building designs are assessed for their compliance with
the energy efficiency requirements of the BCA's five-star
rating system.
2.5 Designers and clients are consulted to ensure final
construction plans are effective, efficient and compliant.


3. Manage the building process to ensure an effective outcome.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Effective communications are established between
designers, architects and clients to ensure effective
thermal performance is embedded from the design to
construction phase.
3.2 Effective quality assurance processes are confirmed as in
place to evaluate and implement the building of a five-star
3.3 Cost effective strategies to achieve desired level of
thermal performance are assessed and communicated to
3.4 Life cycle costs of various construction approaches are
assessed and negotiated with the client.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn through a number of planned activities (face to face classes, workplace/site visits, simulated workplace learning, online learning via blackboard and other forms of structured teaching and learning). Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course.

Teaching Schedule

10 sessions (9 learning sessions and 1 assessment session) shall be delivered.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Work Book Assessment
The Work Book is provided to each student and contains lessons, reference materials, and activities that will be conducted in class and independently. The work book then contains students evidence of the assessment
A Journal is a student’s own notes and reflections that demonstrate their understanding of the materials delivered in the course. Students will be required add to the journal with their own observations as part of the assessment requirement.
Toolbox is a part of the on line content and allows students to go through a self-paced lesson plan with activities that are assessed for competency.
On Site practicals and oral Questioning
On site delivery may be on the company premises or on a job site location where a practicum may involve a walkthrough of a job site with lecture, questions and journal entries.
Students will be asked a series of Questions and complete small practical activities as part of the assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment matrix

Practical activities /Site oral tests  25%
Work book activity sheets  25%
Journal  25%
Toolbox   25%

Other Information

Competency requirements and Grading:

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Observation of students performing work is used to confirm competency.

Gradings available are:

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

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