ARCT4430 Architectural Technology, Structures and Services

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
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/BCA 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.
Students are able to (1) analyse specific parts of the NCC and its impact on complex building construction; (2) synthesise within the design and building process the various technical and construction systems involved in highly serviced buildings; and (3) critically analyse and report on buildings and systems and the interaction of diverse requirements.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a diary/report to record and comment on the site visits; (2) compliance test; and (3) 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
Unit rules
ARCT3000 Architecture Studio 3, ARCT3001 Architecture Studio 4
Contact hours
lectures face-face and online; site visits: 2 hours per week every alternate week; seminars: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Students are required to have a certified protective work helmet and appropriate clothing including footwear to wear on the site visits. Enrolled students can access unit materials via the LMS (Learning Management System).

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 via 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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