Sustainable Construction and Documentation

ARC80004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop sustainable architectural proposals that address the challenges of the Green New Future. By focusing on redesigning an old building, students will learn to integrate sustainable practices, material systems, and principles into their architectural designs. Students will engage in critical discussions on the role of architecture in promoting sustainability and its impact on users’ lives. Through practical exercises, they will develop proficiency in digital documentation and apply sustainable construction practices to their design proposals.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse and evaluate sustainable construction and digital documentation workflows, using critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify areas for improvement and innovation.
2. Demonstrate proficiency with BIM and digital documentation methods, using these tools to create and communicate sustainable architectural designs.
3. Apply the thinking of material systems, sustainable practices, and environmental principles to explore and develop design through innovative research.
4. valuate and apply sustainable approaches to produce iterations that address questions of performance and materiality, demonstrating an understanding of sustainable construction practices.
5.  Effectively communicate proposals to clients and stakeholders, using digital documentation and communication skills.