Unit 32: Sustainable Buildings Sustainability Exemplar assignment brief Institute Department of Construction and the Built Environment Course title: BTEC Entry Level, Level 1 and 2 Award/Certificate in Sustainability Skills Tutor name: Assignment title: Learner name Start date: Ref: Hand in Date: Unit 32:Sustainable Buildings Scenario The use of sustainable materials and building methods is a growing area in construction. The design of our buildings is changing to incorporate sustainable methods that help to reduce the possible impact of global warming on the environment. The ultimate goal in sustainable buildings is the zero carbon home – a structure that is built and run without producing any greenhouse gases. This is the future of sustainable contruction. Assessment evidence: Unit Grading criteria The grading criteria that this assignment relates to: 1.1 Explain the use of a sustainable method 1.2 Evaluate sustainable methods on a building U32 2.1 Explain how the application of sustainable building techniques protects our environment 3.1 Illustrate a sustainable design feature for a building 3.2 Identify the use of sustainable materials in a building Unit 32: Sustainable Buildings Sustainability Summary assessor’s feedback Internal verifier’s comment Learner’s authenticity signature Sustainable Buildings Unit 32 Learning OutcomesError! Reference source not found. LO 1. Understand the application of sustainability on the built environment LO 2. Understand how sustainability benefits our built environment LO 3 Know how sustainable design and construction improves our built environment Unit content covered by assignment: 1 Understand the application of sustainability on the built environment Sustainable methods: methods eg sustainable communities, infrastructure, building orientation, use of natural light and heat, timber-framed construction, modular construction, prefabrication of homes, forming community spaces 2 Understand how sustainability benefits our built environment Application: of techniques eg reduction in heat loss, high levels of insulation, heat recovery systems, rain water harvesting, grey water systems, reed bed sanitation schemes, swales, irrigation ponds, small wind turbine technology, ground source heating 3 Know how sustainable design and construction improves our built environment Sustainable design features: for buildings eg use of glass walls, surface areas, building density, building orientation, use of brownfield sites, maximum use of footprint, earth berms, grass roof construction, alternative energy sources, indoor gardens Sustainable materials: in buildings eg use of sustainable certified sources, timber, oak-framed structures, natural insulation materials, hemp, wool, external timber cladding, recycled materials, crushed demolition waste, timber, bricks, natural products, slate, stone, straw Unit 32: Sustainable Buildings Sustainability Task 1 (AC 1.1) The following sustainable methods are going to be used on a new house design for a “Grand Designs” TV program. Explain their use. Turning a building to face south Prefabrication of a home You need to look at what affect each of these will have in sustainable terms and explain how each of these techniques can contribute to saving energy and resources Task 2 (AC 1.2) The following sustainable methods have been employed on a building. Evaluate their use describing the advantages and disadvantages of each method used. Heat recovery systems Rain water harvesting Reed bed sanitation schemes Evaluate means discuss critically the use of these methods providing the advantages and disadvantages of each by undertaking some research Task 3 (AC 2.1) The local environment action group has asked for your help with an objection to a local planning application on a green field site. The three techniques above are going to be used on the scheme and you have been asked to answer the following question Explain how the application of the three sustainable building techniques will protect the environment The key word here is protection. It is this word that you need to explain in terms of how each key method protects our environment from harm and damage Task 4 (AC 3.1) Further to the work you have undertaken for the environmental action group, the designer on the new development has asked if you could produce the following A fully illustrated sustainable design feature for a building on the scheme You could do this by producing a drawing or sketch that is your own work and then annotating it with descriptions Unit 32: Sustainable Buildings Sustainability Task 5 (AC 3.2) The head designer on the new development has proposed that the following sustainable materials should be used within the new scheme. For each of the following identify their use within a building 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. oak sheep’s wool hemp crushed demolition waste straw You will need to undertake some research and establish where each can be used within a building to help you identify where each material would usually be found in a building. Tutor Information The assignment brief will need to be delivered within an assessment tutorial so the level of the learners is catered for in a full understanding of what is required to be presented as evidence for each assessment criteria. The key evidence presented must meet the short criteria that has been written into the end of each task as this is the criteria taken from the specification. Access to IT facilities to undertake some research is required. A range of sustainable material examples would be useful to examine by learners. Guest speakers from material suppliers would provide an excellent method of engagement.