UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT4430 Architectural Technology, Structures and Services

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit investigates the issues involved in the integration of various technical and construction systems in building as required by the National Construction Code (NCC). A series of lectures highlights how the specific requirements of the NCC vary according to the class of building and how a variety of solutions is available to meet these requirements. Students consider the interaction of these technical requirements with aesthetic design intent; this balance is at the core of architecture. Running parallel to the lecture program are site visits to buildings where students view the implementation of the NCC requirements in the construction detailing and the integration of building technology, and then speculate on the reasons for these design decisions and the success or otherwise of these strategies.
Outcomes Students (1) are introduced to specific parts of the NCC and its impact on complex building construction; (2) develop knowledge and understanding of the various technical and construction systems involved in complex, highly serviced buildings, their interactions and their integration into the design and building process; and (3) develop the ability to critically analyse and report on buildings and systems and the interaction of these.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a diary/report to record and comment on the site visits; and (2) application of the lecture content to current design studio project in the form of a Compliance Report and accompanying set of drawings. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Sophie Giles
Contact hours lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week; site visits: 2 hours per week every alternative week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCT4430/SEM-1/2017
Note Students are required to have a certified protective work helmet and appropriate clothing including footwear to wear on the site visit. Enrolled students can access unit materials via the LMS (Learning Management System).
Statutes

National Construction Code (NCC) and Australian Standards

The NCC regulates the design and construction of buildings in Australia. The NCC references more than 120 Australian Standards. Copies of all Australian Standards are available online using any CygNET terminal in the Education, Fine Arts and Architecture (EDFAA) Library. The electronic copy of the NCC in EDFAA also contains links to the standards referenced in the NCC.


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