Complex Building Energy Modelling

Subject ABPL90153 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

January, Parkville - 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: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours: 36 hours contact, 84 hours non contact.
Prerequisites: Students taking this subject should have either completed the subject below, or have experience with energy modelling software, such as Eco Tect, Energy Plus, or Trnsys.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2010
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Dominique Hes


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview: The subject teaches how to use two modelling approaches to investigate and communicate complex and innovative environmental solutions for energy efficient building design. Led by experienced software users from industry and from software manufactures, this course will allow students to specialise in a software tool which they may already be using at their work.

Based on a case study approach students will assess an existing or new building project and prepare the documentation arguing for the innovative approaches to energy efficiency that are proposed. Focus will not only be on learning how to model these complex scenarios, but also how to interpret their practicality and develop risk profiles allowing end users to be able to choose between innovation and benefit.

Objectives: None specified
  • One 2 hour examination (50%).
  • One assignment analysing a complex project and presenting the various options for improved performance (50%).
Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On successful completion, students will be able to:
  • model complex scenarios including natural ventilation, mixed mode/hybrid ventilation, use of passive techniques such as thermal chimneys, thermal mass, chilled beams, labyrinths, geothermal energy and solar energy;
  • use modelling to develop risk benefit scenarios;
  • communicate the benefits of various alternative options;
  • interpret results;
  • appreciate the relationship between design elements and thermal performance;
  • be able to add meaningfully to a business case of an innovative system within an active actual project.
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation

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