ENAE605-24X (C) General non-calendar-based 2024

Sustainable Building Design Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 5 August 2024
End Date: Sunday, 6 October 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 18 August 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 22 September 2024


Sustainable building design philosophy, strategies and practice. Materials, water, airflow and energy in buildings. High-performance, low energy buildings. Building performance simulation. Coordination and integration with other building design disciplines.

This course applies advanced principles of building engineering physics and energy modelling to the practice of sustainable building design. A systems approach is taken to developing solutions to sustainable building design challenges, with a focus on the early stages of design. The effects of building form, materials, systems, occupants and environment on building energy performance are examined using case studies and simulation analyses.

The course covers the following topics:

• Sustainable building design principles, objectives and strategies.
• Energy and airflow in buildings.
• Building energy performance modelling and analysis.
• Sustainable building technologies and systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing building design concepts, strategies and technical solutions that respond to sustainability objectives and performance targets.

  • Modelling and analysing the effects of proposed building designs on the energy and environmental performance of buildings.

  • Communicating the physical basis for the energy and environmental performance of buildings through applying knowledge of energy, moisture and airflow in buildings and the relationship between building design and building energy performance.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 E12 (1/8, 15/8-19/9)
E10 (22/8, 12/9)
29 Jul - 4 Aug
12 Aug - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 22 Sep
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 17:00 E10
5 Aug - 11 Aug
2 Sep - 8 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Wentao Wu

Communication will be via email and Learn.


The course runs over a period of eight weeks, with learning delivered through lectures and tutorials, 2 one-day workshops and independent learning.

There are approximately 150 learning hours in total, comprising:

Lectures and tutorials 24 hours
Independent learning 126 hours (project work and reading)

Textbooks / Resources

All required course material and software 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 ENAE605 Occurrences

  • ENAE605-24X (C) General non-calendar-based 2024