Building Sustainability

Subject ABPL90120 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 18-Jul-2016
Teaching Period 26-Sep-2016 to 30-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-Aug-2016
Census Date 07-Oct-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 07-Oct-2016

This subject has a pre-teaching period:

  • An optional introductory lecture will be held during orientation week. Pre-reading material will be made available via the LMS one week prior to the introductory lecture.

  • Students are required to complete all pre-reading material during the pre-teaching period prior to the first lecture in September.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours of lectures and 5 hours of tutorials during the mid-semester break
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

702-444 Building Sustainability (UG)

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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Masa Noguchi


Subject Coordinator email:

The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

This subject provides a multi-disciplinary overview of the design of sustainable buildings and considers the design from an architectural, services engineering, facade engineering, environmental engineering and structural engineering, tenants and owners perspective. Topics include: ecological sustainable design, life cycle analysis, planning for sustainable buildings and cities, regulatory environment, barriers to green buildings, green building rating tools, material selection, embodied energy, operating energy, indoor environmental quality (noise, light and air), facade systems, ventilation systems, transportation, water treatment systems, water efficiency, building economics, and staff productivity.

A number of industry based case study examples will be introduced to complement the lectures.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion, students should be able to:

  • identify the critical sustainability issues that should be addressed in planning a building or new development;
  • estimate the green star rating of a new building;
  • identify the issues effecting indoor environmental quality;
  • select different heating and cooling ventilation systems and justify the selection;
  • calculate the embodied energy of different structural systems including recycled materials and faade systems;
  • calculate the utilisation energy and greenhouse gas production of different building conceptual designs;
  • carry out conceptual designs for the design of a water supply system for a building with a focus on water conservation and recycling measures and estimate the expected water consumption requirement;
  • undertake cost studies of different green star rated buildings using life cycle cost analysis techniques.
  • One 2-hour written exam conducted during second semester exam period, (40%)
  • A test (500 word equivalent) held one week after the end of the intensive teaching week (10%)
  • Written group assignments (3000 words per person), peer assessment will be used, due 4 weeks after teaching period (50%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Self-directed learning.
  • Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas.
  • Essay and report writing.
  • Graphic communication skills.
  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts.
  • Critical thinking and analysis.
  • Appropriate use of design terminology.
Related Course(s): Master of Architectural Engineering
Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Urban Design
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture
Climate Change
Climate Change
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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