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SRT257 - Building Environmental Studies 1

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Richard Tucker





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.


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.

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