ENAE601-24X1 (C) Special non-calendar-based One 2024

Whole Building Behaviour and Performance

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 7 April 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 25 February 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 24 March 2024


Building performance and its relationship to design, construction, occupant behaviour and the environment. Building performance regulations and the regulatory environment. Failure, success and value of building projects. Building performance assessment. Roles and responsibilities and liabilities. Collaboration and communication with project stakeholders.

This interdisciplinary course covers concepts related to multiple dimensions of building performance, including functional, economic and sustainability performance. It examines drivers of building design, including building regulations, and the language and objectives of architects, engineers, developers, owners, occupants and regulators. It also introduces collaboration and communication in multidisciplinary teams.

The course covers the following topics:

 Architectural design principles.
 Building functional, economic and sustainability performance objectives and metrics.
 Building regulations.
 Material, energy and water use.
 Carbon emissions.
 Building economics.
 Collaboration, communication and problem-solving in multidisciplinary teams.

Learning Outcomes

A student who successfully completes this course should be able to apply knowledge of building performance and multidisciplinary design to collaborate effectively with stakeholders in a building design project, through understanding:

 Key concepts related to building costs and economics, architecture, functional performance, sustainability and human wellbeing.
 Success and failure factors of building design projects.
 Requirements of selected building regulations.
 Integrated building design.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Course Coordinator

Larry Bellamy

Guest Lecturer

Richard Voss


Project: 1
Assessment: Building functional performance
Percentage final grade: 30%

Project: 2
Assessment: Building economic performance
Percentage final grade: 30%

Project: 3
Assessment: Architectural design
Percentage final grade: 30%

Project: 4
Assessment: Success and failure of buildings
Percentage final grade: 10%

Total 100%

Textbooks / Resources

All required course material will be provided to students.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENAE601 Occurrences

  • ENAE601-24X2 (C) Special non-calendar-based Two 2024
  • ENAE601-24X1 (C) Special non-calendar-based One 2024