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Building Design and Sustainable Development

This subject is available within certain ICMS undergraduate degrees. Please click the button below to find an undergraduate course for you.

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Course level of study pre-requisite: a total of 12 credit points including ACC101A, MKT101A, STA101A and MGT101A from level 100 core subjects (approximately 80% completion of level 100 core subjects) prior enrolling into level 200 core and specialisation subjects.

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3 credit points

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Students gain comprehensive understanding of building and design techniques in sustainable development for urban communities. Students examine sustainable practice and principles from a global perspective with the core focus on the property sector.

Students build on their knowledge of urban sustainable practice, advanced building materials, new construction techniques and factors for complex development planning that examines buildings as a series of interconnected systems and components.

Students apply their knowledge and skills of planning principles, design and construction, of complex development through project-based learning.

Students will further develop their understating of Green Star, NABERS and NatHERS rating systems and participate in site visits to new urban developments which exemplify some of these ratings.

Learning Outcomes:

a) Examine the use of emerging technologies in sustainable design, building construction and retrofits of existing buildings in sustainable urban development.

b) Evaluate the complex relationships between sustainability, construction, materials, resource consumption, at the building and project level.

c) Produce a development proposal by utilising key property and urban economic concepts.

d) Analyse appropriate design components and building structural systems in the construction and development process.

e) Integrate the principles of sound ecologically sustainable development in an urban planning.

f) Critically reflect on new directions, risks and challenges in urban and land development for future cities.

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