Energy and the Built Environment

Energy and the Built Environment

Course Code: 
SUSD0003
Units of credit: 
6
Dates: 
17-18 August & 12-13 October 2018
Delivery options: 
In class

Learn to think critically about the energy used and carbon emitted by urban projects

Discover demand and supply solutions, technologies and infrastructure, greenhouse emissions and transportation of energy and how it’s managed in the built environment. You will be able to demonstrate fundamental critical thinking and have the ability to evaluate issues around energy, greenhouse gas/carbon emissions and related environmental aspects.

This course provides an overview of energy related issues in the built environment - demand and supply solutions, technologies and infrastructure, greenhouse emissions, transportation - and energy related interactions with other aspects of sustainable development. Various systems and tools for assessing and rating the performance of the built environment are introduced and explored. The course also discusses related policy, planning, design, management and technological strategies as applied at different scales in the built environment, drawing on best practice 'real world' case studies. The course is constructed around a series of lectures, readings and research assignments; assessment is based on both individual and group work.

Key Information

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this course the you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and evaluation of issues around energy, greenhouse gas/carbon emissions and related environmental aspects, impacts and opportunities associated with buildings and precincts; demonstrate reflective thinking and communication of these in their own personal and professional contexts.
     
  2. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding and application of metrics, indicators and rating systems, and develop arguments and present a case for a holistic sustainability building rating framework, including major compliance criteria and mechanisms.
     
  3. Investigate and critically assess an office building or other equivalent built environment in terms of its performance on energy, emissions and other sustainability indicators.
     
  4. Independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, develop, discuss and demonstrate application of appropriate policy, planning, design and/or management initiative application of appropriate policy, planning, design and/or management initiatives to achieve greater sustainability in the built environment throughout its life cycle.
Credentials

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive:

  1. Official Certificate of completion.
     
  2. Up to 40 PIA CPD points.
Fees
  • Domestic students: AUD $3690 
  • International students: AUD $4500 

Please visit the fees page for more information.

Eligibility criteria

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.

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The UNSW Non-Award Course page provides you with further details on how to apply.