Courses & Units

Building Technology in Design 4 KDA223



This unit focuses on building construction, envelope design, and performance and regulatory compliance for mid sized, mixed use, non-residential buildings. This unit studies structural systems for these types of buildings and the performance and regulatory requirements of envelopes, their typical materials and systems, and the required layering of structure and building fabric. Decision-making is supported through a BIM environment via thermal assessment of the structure, envelope and facade components for regulatory compliance and a deeper understanding of energy flows, and carbon based impacts. Service strategies are also explored. The impact of regulations on the design and detailing is investigated, particularly in relation to structure, insulation and energy use. The unit emphasises the integration of design and technology as means of investigation and communication.


Unit name Building Technology in Design 4
Unit code KDA223
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Teaching staff

Dr Mark Dewsbury

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 2018: $2,243.00 040101

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Teaching Pattern

Two hour lecture per week (12 weeks).Two hours of tutorials and workshops per week (12 weeks).


Three assignments weighted at 30%, 25% and 45% respectively.
There are no exams in this unit. At least one of the assignments is normally run in conjunction with other second year units to reinforce the integration of Building Technology across the course.
If a student is not enrolled in the other units, equivalent assessment tasks will be provided.
Group work may be required in one assignment.

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