Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the modern and future built environment through the impact of construction and design decision-making at a global, national and local level. Elements of evaluation, rating, health of buildings and occupants historically and practically are investigated for sustainable and resilient buildings and communities. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provides the lens through which these issues are investigated.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recall the development of and need for a global framework for sustainable development

2. Identify the relationship between a global framework for sustainable development and improving the built environment in Australia

3. Apply decisions made the sustainable design and construction of buildings supported by an appropriate evaluation/rating tool

4. Demonstrate knowledge of Indoor Environmental Quality to the planning of a common interior environment

5. Apply actions required for maintaining and monitoring building performance and sustainability


  1. Introduction to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  2. Applicability of the Sustainable Development Goals to the design and construction of the future built environment
  3. Introduction to evaluation/rating tools for sustainable design and construction to support the Sustainable Development Goals
  4. Concepts and principals of resilience
  5. Acoustic principles and requirements of common interior environments.
  6. Artificial lighting principles and requirements of common interior environments
  7. Daylighting principles and requirements of common environments
  8. Wellness and Indoor Environment Quality in the built environment
  9. Place. Access, Equity and Community in the built environment
  10. Concepts and principals of post occupancy evaluation


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ARBE4101.

Assessment items

Quiz: Assessment Item 1: Online Quiz

Written Assignment: Assessment Item 2: Professional Report

Written Assignment: Assessment Item 3: Acoustic and Lighting assessment

Written Assignment: Assessment Item 4: Professional Report

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.