Course Title: Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5192

Course Title: Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254818

Course Contact Email:catherine.ciavarella@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Theo Theodorou

EMAIL theo.theodorou@rmit.edu.au 

 

Nominal Hours: 50

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

NA

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to
apply structural and construction technology to the design of
commercial buildings. It requires compliance with state
legislation and the provisions for Building Code of Australia
(BCA) Classes 2 to 9 and relevant Australian Standards as
they apply to the structural and construction components of a
commercial building.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification
requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
However this unit forms part of a minimum qualification
requirement for registration with the Building Practitioners
Board as a building designer (architectural).


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21591 Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings

Element:

1. Apply the regulatory
requirements for the
design of commercial
buildings

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant legislation impacting on design and
construction is investigated and interpreted for a
commercial building.
1.2 Relevant sections of the BCA and Australian
Standards are researched and applied to the
structural and construction principles of
commercial buildings.
1.3 Local government planning and construction
regulations are investigated and interpreted for the
design and construction of a commercial building

Element:

2. Investigate site 2.1 Site features and available services are identified to
plan site preparation to inform the design intent and
for preparation of documentation.

Performance Criteria:

2.2 Soil engineer’s report is interpreted to determine
specifications for footing systems appropriate for
foundation design.
2.3 Environmental issues impacting on the site are
identified and controlled according to regulatory
requirements.

Element:

3. Analyse and apply
construction
techniques and/or
methodologies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Structural systems are analysed and construction
methodologies are applied to solve construction
system and design issues.
3.2 Structural principles are integrated into the building
fabric to accommodate materials and finishes,
according to relevant standards and design intent.
3.3 Alternative approaches to the construction of
commercial buildings are considered to accommodate
special conditions and in accordance with relevant
standards and design intent.
3.4 Scope of work and performance requirements are
determined and documented according to project
requirements.

Element:

4. Specify structural
requirements

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Timber wall, floor and roof framing systems are
designed and detailed in accordance with timber
framing code and with consultation with engineer if
required.
4.2 Bracing and tie-down system is designed and
detailed to meet structural requirements.
4.3 Steel framing systems are identified and detailed in
accordance with construction practices.
4.4 Framing requirements, including all fixings and
materials are specified and details documented.
4.5 Unreinforced and reinforced masonry systems are
identified and detailed for the construction of internal
and external walls in compliance with the relevant
legislation.
4.6 Details of weatherproofing are indicated to meet
relevant Australian Standards.

Element:

5. Comply with fire
resistance
requirements

Performance Criteria:


5.1 Building is designed to maintain structural stability
and provide safeguards in the event of fire.
5.2 Specifications for building design comply with
statutory requirements for fire separation and
relevant legislation.

Element:

6. Specify requirements
for safety, health and
amenity

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Wet area materials and sealing of wall and flooring
junctions are specified and details documented.
6.2 Facilities and room heights are designed and
documented in accordance with the relevant
legislation.
6.3 Opportunities for natural light and ventilation are
considered and mechanical air handling systems for
heating, cooling and ventilation are selected on the
basis of efficiency and performance.
6.4 Sound insulation materials are selected for sound
transmission for walls and penetrations and in
accordance with the relevant legislation.
6.5 The provisions for safe movement and access are
designed in accordance with the relevant legislation.
6.6 Building insulation levels, glazing requirements and
ventilation are analysed to determine energy usage.

Element:

7. Specify requirements
for construction

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Details for claddings, linings, finishes and coatings
are specified in accordance with the relevant
legislation.
7.2 Joinery fabrication and installations are selected
and details of materials and finishes are documented.
7.3 Provisions for the installation and connection of
services are specified in accordance with the
relevant legislation.


Learning Outcomes


This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills
and knowledge required for building designers to apply
structural and construction technology to the design of
commercial buildings and includes compliance with current
legal responsibilities of building designers for construction
methods. The outcomes of this unit do not cover the required
skills and knowledge for the application of structural and
construction technology to the design of residential buildings,
which are addressed in the unit VU21588 Apply structural
and construction technology to the design of residential
buildings


Details of Learning Activities

 

Lectures, Case Studies, Quiz , Project work.

 









 


Teaching Schedule

<thead> <th scope="col">Week</th> <th scope="col">Date</th> <th scope="col">Weekly Topic</th> <th scope="col">Assessment</th> </thead>
1February  19 Introduction 
2February  26 Lecture 2 
3March  05 Lecture 3 
4March 12  Lecture 4Quiz One
5March 19 Lecture 5Major project
6March 26 Lecture 6 
7April  02 Lecture 7 
 April 09 TERM BREAK 
8April  16 Lecture 9 Quiz Two
9April  23 Lecture 10 Major Project to be submitted
10April  30   
11May   07  
12Mat   14 Revision  Quiz Three


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The Building Regulations – Available from the RMIT on-line library and from the Building Commission’s website www.building commission.com.au

The National Construction Code Available from the RMIT on-line library

Australian Standards
AS/NZS1170.1 Permanent, Imposed and Other Actions
AS3600 Concrete Structures
AS1428.1 Design for Access & Mobility
AS1428.4 Tactile Ground Surface Indicators for Orientation of People with Vision Impairment
AS 2890.1 Traffic Code
AS2419 Fire Hydrant Installation
AS2441 Installation of Fire Hose Reels
AS/NZS1668 Mechanical Ventilation System
AS2293 Emergency Escape Lighting and Exits Signs In Buildings
Available from the RMIT library

The Victorian building Authority    www.VBA.vic.gov.au  Local Authorities Access via the respective Local Authority website

 


References

The Building Regulations Available from the RMIT Library and from the Building Commission’s website www.building commission.com.au
The National Construction Code of Australia Available from the RMIT on-line library
The Victorian Building Authority www.VBA.vic.gov.au
Local Authorities Access via the respective Local Authority website
 


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the
workplace or a close simulation of the workplace
environment, provided that simulated or project-based
assessment techniques replicate building design
workplace conditions, materials, activities,
responsibilities and procedures.
Holistic or project-based assessment with other related
units is recommended.


Assessment Tasks

20% - Quiz One  - Week 4

20% - Quiz Two   - Week 8

20% - Quiz Three - Week 12

40% - Major project - Week 5 Due for submission Week 9


Assessment Matrix

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•The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
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•To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
•To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
•To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.
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Employability skills:
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The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:
Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self management, Learning and Technology.

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