Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. synthesise relevant data to inform design decisions
  2. evaluate the environmental impact of design decisions
  3. apply passive design principles to a project
  4. assess performance of the built environment using appropriate technologies
  5. reflect upon the impact of design decisions and the relationship between the natural, human and built environment.
    • Introduction to the Contexts
    • Sun, Earth, Heat and Energy
    • Materials and Properties
    • Understanding Structure and Forces
    • Knowing Structure and Forces 1
    • Knowing Structure and Forces 2
    • Strategies and Efficiencies
    • Radiation and Shade
    • Conduction and Thermal Mass
    • Internal Gains and Ventilation
    • Sustainability and R-Code Awareness
    • Review
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-BAS120-Technology of Design


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This unit is not taking enrolments for Study Period 4, 2017. Effective Study Period 4, 2017, this unit will be known as BAS150 Architectural Technology in Context. Students who want to complete this unit in SP4 should enrol into BAS150.

Environmental design of small scale buildings in the local context. Relationships between climate and design using passive techniques that address building performance and acknowledge regional, national and international environmental responsibilities.

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  • Written report (20%)
  • Models and drawings (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Calculate thermal performance (30%)