Sustainability and Education - developing an international perspective

Shane West

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This paper discuses the education, research, community, industry and
international outcomes that have arisen from implementing sustainable education,
construction techniques, and systems into the Project Management program at the
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
This paper focuses on some sustainable features developed in the Australian
context for their environmental and economic sustainability / buildability features
and assesses their potential application to a vastly different environment- In this
case a project in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India.
Potential building designs and novel patented research such as the wind
directional skylight vent are elaborated on in this paper. As well as elaborating
and analysing past and present designs and projects it is hoped that this paper will
stimulate an international perspective to sustainable education and research,
which is an area that the author feels increased awareness and emphasis is
The important issues of embodied energy, construction and consumption costs
coupled with functional cost/m2 are evaluated and scrutinized. Agreement is
sought to apply a more useful rating of and definition of sustainability, making a
clear differentiation between energy efficient and sustainable designs. This is a
very pressing concern for developing nations with large populations and limited
funding, which is often overlooked by high technology / high construction cost
advocates of energy efficient buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe CIB 2003 International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
EditorsJ Yang, P.S Brandon, A.C Sidwell
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1-74107-040-6
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventSASBE 2003 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 19 Nov 200321 Nov 2003


ConferenceSASBE 2003


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