University of Technology Sydney

49115 Facade Engineering

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Requisite(s): 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10061 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10066 Bachelor of Engineering Science OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10067 Bachelor of Engineering OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09067 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09066 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
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This subject is largely delivered by industry experts in façade engineering to bring a real world practitioner's perspective to the classroom. The subject introduces students to the concepts and techniques involved in facade engineering and their application to the design and procurement of a building facade. The intent of encasing a building structure with a facade is to control the internal environment of the building, providing comfort to the occupants and allowing maximum natural light and ventilation into the building. At the same time, a facade must also be designed to keep out adverse weather elements such as wind and moisture, and comply with energy and ESD requirements.

Topics include: the interrelationships between the law, contracts, and façade design documents; the various types of façade such as masonry, concrete, and glazed curtain walls, and the design principles that underpin their performance; and the assessment of wind loads, and the structural design of glass, aluminium, and structural adhesives, together with their compatibility and durability issues.

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Autumn session, City campus

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