Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Architecture
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Sadar


This unit explores environmental systems as they relate to architectural design and construction. This includes study of environmental design principles and the implications of these in relation to architectural design and construction processes and outcomes. Analysis of environmental systems will be conducted with a focus on the relationship to design intent. A range of environmental behaviors will be addressed in response to performance optimisation. Integral to the subject matter is the engagement with strategies for environmental sustainability in relation to architectural design and construction. Projects will be introduced to promote dialogue between this unit and Architecture Design Studio 6 project processes and outcomes.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of environmental design principles as they apply to architectural design and construction,
  2. Understand issues of material properties and construction processes in relation to environmental system design,
  3. Have developed a competent understanding of issues of environmental sustainability in relation to architectural design,
  4. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


100% Mixed mode

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

12 hours, including 3 hours of lectures and tutorials and 9 hours of independent study