Facade Design and Performance

Subject 702-588 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Architecture, Master of Construction Management or Master or Property.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Eckhart Ulrich Hertzsch
Subject Overview: This subject provides the student with knowledge on facade technology. the design of building envelopes and their performance. It gives insights on the complexity of this element with regard to the various parties involved in the planning in the process in order to achieve an integrated building concept.

After a short induction on the history of cladding it will give an overview of principle facade functions, systems and types that are available to serve the architect's ideas and appearances. Further information will be given with regard to HVAC, energy efficiency and safety as well as flexible building use. Material on facade simulation, testing and mocks-ups will help students to understand the construction process.

In order to achieve creative design ideas this subject will also enhance the understanding on facade detailing, manufacturing and construction on site for new developments as well as constraints and limitations with refurbishments.

This subject intends to give an overview on the complexity of facade technology, and to show the interdisciplinary character of this building element to better comprehend the integration in the design and construction process in order to achieve the full benefit of all facade functions.

  • To develop an understanding of available facade types and systems and their performances with regard to architectural appearance, energy efficiency and safety
  • To gain a better understanding of how this interdisciplinary building element is implemented in the design and planning
  • Test (3 hours) in class, during the final week of semester - 60%
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Be familiar with the facade types and systems and their performance
  • Gain an overview of the facade manufacturing process
  • Understand the interdisciplinary characters of this building element
  • Be able to better integrate the design of this element in the planning and construction process
Links to further information: http://www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/environments-and-design-students/melbourne-school-of-design-students.html
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Construction Management
Master of Property

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