The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Develop the students understanding of the concept of sustainable development with an approach to the planning, design, construction and management of buildings and cities within minimum environmental impact.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 3 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the principles of building construction and issues of sustainable development in the context of urban development

2. Deal with the sustainability issues with practical applications of techniques or tools which seek to improve environmental performance

3. Formulate a framework for decision making that would improve the sustainability of an urban development


  1. Introduction to basic knowledge in building construction, concepts of sustainability and sustainable development
  2. Climate change and the urban environment
  3. Land use and transportation
  4. Energy/Greenhouse gas emissions
  5. Water management
  6. Resources and waste management
  7. Biodiversity
  8. Green/sustainable buildings and communities
  9. Performance measures of sustainable development
  10. Case study and lessons from new development
  11. Case study and lessons from green retrofitting and refurbishment


This course replaces ARBE6311. If you have successfully completed ARBE6311 you cannot enrol in this course.

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Property [12407] and the Master of Property [12408] programs.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Weekly Reviews

Report: Assignment 1 - Report on Principles of Building Construction and Sustainability

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Assignment 2 - Case Study Analysis on a Sustainable Urban Development

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term