Course Title: Design sustainable buildings

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6161 Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Title: Design sustainable buildings

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 90

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.

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH5225

City Campus

TAFE

320T Architecture & Urban Design

Face-to-Face

Term1 2019

ARCH5225

City Campus

TAFE

375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021,
Term2 2021

ARCH5225

City Campus

TAFE

530T Built Environment and Sustainability

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2022,
Term2 2022

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9819

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



Course Description

This course of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply the principles of sustainability to building design. It includes the application of sustainable practices to minimise negative impacts of the construction process and land use on the environment, incorporate passive design, sustainable water use and energy efficiency into a building design and select suitable materials for the construction of the building. It requires compliance with relevant legislation, Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU22460 Design sustainable buildings

Elements:

1 Determine the impacts of building development on the natural environment

2 Incorporate sustainable criteria into building design

3 Select sustainable materials

4 Incorporate systems for sustainable water use

5 Incorporate energy efficiency into building design


Learning Outcomes

This course supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to design sustainable buildings within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.


Overview of Assessment

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

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
• apply the principles of sustainable building design in accordance with current legislation and government policies
• evaluate and recommend sustainable materials suitable for the construction of a specific building design in accordance with client brief and specifications
• research, evaluate and report on data and findings, make recommendations and develop strategies for the design of sustainable buildings for at least one building development project that complies with the applicable local government authority, relevant legislation and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).