Course Title: Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: BUIL5994C

Course Title: Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5256 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4338

Course Contact Email: vocengineering@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Coordinator:   Victoria Prior

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

Nil

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

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

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.

Element:

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 identified.
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.

Element:

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 dwelling.
3.3. Cost effective strategies to achieve desired level of thermal performance are assessed and communicated to client.
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, 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. Assignment based assessments will be worked on in and outside of class and students will be assessed on a regular based to be deemed competent.


Teaching Schedule

Underpinning knowledge & Introduction to Thermal Efficiency
Climate Change & Renewable Energy
Climate Zones & planning
Orientation & Siting
Passive solar design
Windows & Shading
Building Regulations & Legislation
Heat Transfer
Sustainable Materials & Life Cycle Assessment
Insulation
Glazing systems
Clients & Communication
Quality Assurance & Work plans


 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Your Home Technical Manual  www.yourhome.gov.au/technical/
     

Making Your Home Sustainable, by Derek Wrigley

BCA Volume 2

ICANZ Handbook

Energy Smart Housing Manual


References


Other Resources

Learning Hub
In class activities
Library


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written,oral, practical tasks and activities. You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.

 

Assessment

Weight %

Assessment 1

Passive Solar Design

35

Assessment 2

Material Use

35

Assessment 3

Online Test

30

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2

Assessment 3

1.1

X

 

X

1.2

X

X

X

1.3

X

X

X

1.4

X

 

X

1.5

 

X

X

2.1

X

 

X

2.2

X

 

 

2.3

 

X

 

2.4

 

X

 

2.5

 

X

 

3.1

 

 

X

3.2

 

X

X

3.3

 

X

 

3.4

 

X

X

 

 

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


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 – Passive Solar Design & Sustainable Materials Asignment
This assignment is to be conducted in and out of class. A majority of time in class will be allocated to teaching the students the general principles of passive solar design, orientation, windows & shading, life cycle assessment, insulation and glazing.

Assessment 2 – Online Test
Online test will be multiple choice and conducted in a supervised environment. The assessment will be a closed book assessment and cover a range of topics covered in throughout the course.
 


Assessment Matrix

Assesment 1
Passive Solar Design & Sustainable Materials Assignment is worth 70% of total mark

Assessment 2
Online Test is worth 30% of total mark
 

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