Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Environmental Sustainability in Construction

CSM80002  12.5 Credit Points
One Semester or equivalent
Contact hours
48 Hours


PG Civil, Construction Management: Nil.
UG Civil/Engineering: 250 credit points 


Unit information in detail

– Aims, unit learning outcomes and content


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

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts of sustainability, sustainable development and sustainable construction
  2. Recognize the international, national and local regulation developments in the area of sustainability
  3. Appreciate the causes and effects of climate change
  4. Describe the effects of energy usage on greenhouse gas production and relevance of energy efficiency in buildings
  5. Demonstrate a functional knowledge of formulating and specifying practical measures for environmental sustainability that can be implemented in design and construction
  6. Apply sustainability techniques and appreciate their scopes and limitations


  • 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