Course handbook


This course combines the study of sound and light within the context of total building performance, health of buildings and occupants historically and practically. Elements of measurement, insulation, reverberation of sound energy efficiency and sources of light will be integrated into the design construction and refurbishment of buildings against the background of creating an efficient and healthy built environment.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the principals of total building performance

2. Identify and apply basic noise and acoustic principles and requirements to the built environment

3. Identify and apply basic lighting principles and requirements to the built environment

4. Investigate the concept of ┬┐sick building syndrome┬┐, Indoor Air Quality, Thermal Comfort

5. Present written and visual concepts and ideas


  • Acoustic principles and requirements of common environments
  • Principles of sound insulation and the insulative properties of common materials
  • Principles of sound reverberation and its relevance in construction and architecture
  • Calculating noise levels in common environments; practicals
  • Artificial Lighting principles and requirements of common environments
  • Daylighting principles and requirements of common environments
  • Calculating luminance requirements for specific environments; practicals
  • Introduction to the history and evolution of Total Building Performance, "sick building syndrome"
  • Issues of Indoor Air Quality and of Thermal Comfort
  • Synergies between acoustics, lighting, healthy buildings and sustainable environments


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Architecture or Bachelor of Construction Management (Building)(Honours) programs

Assumed knowledge

ARBE2101- Construction Ecology 2

Assessment items

Report: Professional Report No. 1

Report: Professional Report No. 2

Online Learning Activity: Online Construction Ecology Practical

Contact hours

Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Online asynchronous weekly tutorials for 4 weeks.