Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course develops an understanding of key concepts associated with the construction of high-rise buildings. The course provides a vehicle to develop the knowledge and skills needed to comprehend the design of services in major buildings, and, in so doing, engenders a lifelong interpretation of the intricacies of physical installation and their critical sequence in the construction process.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the techniques used in high-rise construction and how they are incorporated into the building process

2. Appreciate the requirements and elements of HVAC, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and transportation services in buildings

3. Understand the design and integration of services into high-rise buildings

4. Present written and visual concepts and ideas.


  • Building Code of Australia
  • Specifications
  • Evolution of high-rise structures
  • Curtain walls & facades
  • High-rise HVAC, environmental, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic services & lifts
  • Thermal comfort, heat load analysis, air conditioning processes, plant selection and sizing
  • Implications for managing the construction process
  • Gas, oil, electricity and solid fuels
  • Design of hot and cold water supply, drainage systems and effluent, electrical supply and distribution systems and vertical transportation
  • Concrete frame construction
  • Steel frame construction
  • High-rise structural elements
  • Management of the building process

Assumed knowledge

ARBE1102 Construction Ecology 1

Assessment items

Written Assignment: A1 - Structural and Building Process Analysis

Written Assignment: A3 - Integration of Building Services

Participation: Online Discussion Board

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

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.