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SRT757 - Building Systems and Environment

Unit details

Year2019 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Trimester 1 Unit Chair:

Mark Luther





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Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour class for 10 weeks, 1 x 2 hour seminar for 10 weeks.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


The unit examines thermal, visual and aural environmental principles. Students will be able to evaluate and ascertain the salient problems occurring in building environments with respect to acoustics, energy and lighting.  They will engage in a series of case studies to examine thermal, visual and aural environmental theoretical principles and practical application. The unit will challenge students to recognise the appropriate selection of environmental system principle to enhance thermal, visual and aural comfort. Students will analyse building envelope materials and assemblies to respond to climatic conditions in order to reduce capital equipment, energy costs and CO2 emissions.  Students will appraise various lighting concepts as well as colour classifications.  The unit will introduce the application of day light modelling and lighting installation design with specific emphasis on integration control, computational methods and software for lighting design to enable students to make informed judgments in relation to their role as built environment professionals. Students will engage in discussion of aural environment and acoustic design of rooms in regards to reverberation times, background noise and speech intelligibility.  They will be able to select suitable materials, understand noise problems and sound transmission through structures. Computational methods are introduced for evaluation and assessment of acoustical environments to support effective decision making to improve built environment performance.


Acoustic task 35%, energy task (group) 30%, lighting task 35%.

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