Develop a whole-of-life approach to built environment sustainability
Investigate and become familiar with management of the life cycle of availability and acquisition of natural resources and raw materials through to the eventual demolition and reuse/recycling or disposal. You will acquire the ability to evaluate, analyse and appraise regulatory planning and development documents to advise on environmental implications.
This UNSW Built Environment short course introduces and applies a whole-of-life approach to built environment sustainability. It discusses the life cycle of built form from the availability and acquisition of natural resources and raw materials, through processing and manufacture to on-site construction and use, maintenance and refurbishment, and eventual demolition and reuse/recycling or disposal. The environmental impacts at each stage of the life cycle are considered, such as initial and recurrent embodied energy, wastes generated and their management, and ways in which design may minimise or eliminate such impacts.
By the end of the course, you will:
- Be able to describe and explain the built form life cycle, chiefly from an environmental sustainability perspective but also to be able to distinguish between social and environmental LCA.
- Be able to explain and interpret the principles of quantitative tools such as life cycle assessment (LCA), social LCA and life cycle costing (LCC) in the context of the building life cycle.
- Be able to give advice on the environmental implications of the selection of construction materials and products in general particularly in relation to embodied energy, durability and flexibility of use.
- Be able to evaluate and analyse the materiality characteristics of three well-known green rating systems in relation to construction materials and products generally.
- Have acquired the ability to appraise and work with local governments’ regulatory planning and development documents associated with materials and the building industry.
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive:
- Official Certificate of completion.
- Up to 40 PIA CPD points.
An undergraduate degree with a Credit average or above in a relevant field such as a built environment discipline or studies in social science, social policy, business or law.