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SRT257 - Building Environmental Studies 1

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:R Tucker




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Contact hours: 1 x 2 hour class, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


The unit investigates the climatic and environmental factors that influence the design and construction of buildings in the context of ecologically sustainable development. Topics include heat loss and gain, thermal comfort calculation of 'R' and 'U' values, air movement and building ventilation, condensation, solar patterns and shading, passive and active heating and cooling systems, and general energy conservation strategies. The use of software to produce energy ratings and life cycle assessments for simple buildings is introduced. A trimester long project requires multi-disciplinary teams of three to six (architecture and construction management students) to analyse and improve upon the resource efficiency of houses designed by eminent, local built environment professionals.


Group assignment 60% (in three stages: stage 1 and 2 are individually assessed; stage 3 is individualised to reflect contribution) examination 40%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve at least 40% in the examination.

Unit Fee Information

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Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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