Construction Ecology 3

10 Units

This course combines the study of sound and light within the context of total building performance, health of buildings and occupants historically and practically. Elements of measurement, insulation, reverberation of sound energy efficiency and sources of light will be integrated into the design construction and refurbishment of buildings against the background of creating an efficient and healthy built environment.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Distance Education - Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Distance Education - Callaghan)

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Identify the principals of total building performance
  • Identify and apply basic noise and acoustic principles and requirements to the built environment
  • Identify and apply basic lighting principles and requirements to the built environment
  • Investigate the concept of “sick building syndrome”, Indoor Air Quality, Thermal Comfort
  • Present written and visual concepts and ideas
  • Acoustic principles and requirements of common environments
  • Principles of sound insulation and the insulative properties of common materials
  • Principles of sound reverberation and its relevance in construction and architecture
  • Calculating noise levels in common environments; practicals
  • Artificial Lighting principles and requirements of common environments
  • Daylighting principles and requirements of common environments
  • Calculating luminance requirements for specific environments; practicals
  • Introduction to the history and evolution of Total Building Performance, “sick building syndrome”
  • Issues of Indoor Air Quality and of Thermal Comfort
  • Synergies between acoustics, lighting, healthy buildings and sustainable environments
Replacing Course(s) Not applicable
Transition Not applicable
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge ARBE2101- Construction Ecology 2
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Case Study
Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - Online Practical Quiz: A computer-based practical focusing on the calculations of lighting requirements for common built environments.
  • Reports - 1.A written academic piece of work (professional report) addressing a problem that integrates noise, acoustics and total building performance. 2.A written academic piece of work (professional report) addressing a problem that integrates lighting and healthy building issues.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Construction Management (Building).
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ARBE4101

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