The aim of this unit is to impart environmental sustainability related learning outcomes essential for construction industry.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of sustainability, sustainable development and sustainable construction (K1)
  • Recognise the international, national and local regulation developments in the area of sustainability (K4)
  • Appreciate the causes and effects of climate change (K1, K4)
  • Describe the effects of energy usage on greenhouse gas production and relevance of energy efficiency in buildings (K4, K6)
  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of formulating and specifying practical measures for environmental sustainability that can be implemented in design and construction (K6)
  • Apply sustainability tools and indicators and appreciate their scopes and limitations (S1)

Teaching methods

Hawthorn Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
0.25 12 weeks 3
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
0.08 12 weeks 1
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
12.17 12 weeks 146

All Applicable Locations

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 60 - 90% 1,2,3,4,5,6 
In-Class ExercisesIndividual 0 - 10% 1,3,4,5,6 
QuizzesIndividual 10 - 20% 1,2,3,4,5,6 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

an overall mark for the unit of 50% or more


  • Basic Concepts: Terminology, International Developments, National Developments
  • Sustainability issues: Climate change, Energy, Resources and materials, Indoor  Environment, Quality of building services, Outdoor Environment
  • Implementation: Policies, Design Issues, Tools and Indicators and reporting.

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.