Environmentally Sustainable Construction

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Environmentally Sustainable Construction is a philosophy for designing and constructing homes and communities.


By incorporating these principles, architects, designers, builders and tradesmen can create a living environment that is truly sustainable. Each chapter is devoted to separate concepts that combine to contribute to the overall philosophy.

Duration : 31 minutes


 ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY - Streetscapes - Sustainable Landscapes - Sustainable Transport


PASSIVE DESIGN - Orientation - Shading - Insulation - Thermal Mass - Glazing - Skylight - Apartments and Multi-Unit Housing


MATERIAL USE - Biodiversity Off-Site - Heavyweight & Lightweight Systems - Embodied Energy


ENERGY REDUCTION - Energy Consumption - Cooking - Lighting - Major Appliances - Water Heating - Solar Energy - Heating - Cooling


WATER CONSUMPTION - Desalination - WELS - Rainwater - Greywater - Outdoor Water Use


THE FUTURE - Summary of the way we live and the way we create our environment



Design & Technology Stage 6 - Technology Mandatory - VET Building Construction

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0:00  Introduction

1:28  Environmental Sustainability

6:13  Passive  Design

13:13  Material Use

17:07  Energy Reduction

25:31 Water Consumption

28:30  The Future


Designing & Constructing A Kitchen

A programme for Design & Technology, Industrial Technology & Construction students, Years 7 - 12.


Kitchens are one of the most renovated spaces in the home. In this programme a building designer describes the principles he uses. A family designs and implements the construction of their new kitchen, in conjunction with their builder. We follow the design concept and move onto the various stages of construction: demolition - sub-contractors - cabinetmaking and installation - bench top design and installing - changes made to improve the design - designing and constructing of a special servery and window - and the finishing touches.


Duration :  31 minutes


 The programme examines the DESIGN PROCESS, which involves the RESEARCH involved to create a variety of DIFFERENT DESIGN CONCEPTS within the one project. Then a STATEGY has to implemented to achieve the desired outcome. However there often needs to be CONTINUOUS EVALUATION, and if a problem exists then a SOLUTION has to be implemented. Finally when the project is completed has it satisfied the AIMS of the client, in both FUNCTIONALITY and AESTHETICS? And has the project been finished within the BUDGET?



SENIOR :   Design - Form & Function, Problem Solving, Management, Evaluation,    Technology, Construction    JUNIOR :  Design, Building & Construction, Renovation    

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0:00  Introduction

00:57  Design Principles

3:30  Designing A Kitchen

6:10   Finalising Cabinet Sizes

6:55  Construction

10:27  Build and Install Carcasses

14:00  Benchtops

17:55  Drawers and Cupboards

22:02  Re-Design - Continuous Evaluation

23:36  The Window and Servery - Designing A Window

29:21  The Finishing Touches

Renovating A Home

The Renovation of a home is a unique and complex design and construction project. This DVD provides an overview of the steps taken and the people involved in the renovation of an existing home. In this real-life situation, students can gain an understanding of the problems and issues facing designers, builders and tradesmen.

Duration :  30 minutes



Design concept - Excavation - Concreting - Block laying - Interior demolition & construction - rendered walls - Tiling - Timber floor laying - Door hanging - Painting - Kitchen Installation - Final evaluation



Design and Technology Stage 6    -   Technology Mandatory   -  VET Building Construction

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0:00  Introduction

2:19  Design - Form and Function

4:19  Interior Design

5:19  The Garage

12:58  Interior Preparation

15:02  Exterior Renovation

19:54  Interior Renovation

24:23  Finishing Off