The built environment

The built environment

The principles for development of  RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus are:

  • Efficient use of site
  • Fostering a sense of community (including a sense of ‘arrival’)
  • Architecture sympathetic with environment
  • Facilities which connect with open spaces
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Use of natural wind flow for ventilation where feasible
  • Landscaping that assists security

In developing the Saigon South campus as a sustainable campus the University considered the following: 

  • Design approach to buildings using RMIT University’s Design Brief developed by the Property Services division of the university.
  • The sitting of the buildings on an East-West axis to minimise the negative impacts of the local climate on the built environment such as unwanted solar gains.
  • Incorporating energy and water saving initiatives into the design of buildings and services.
  • The sustainability of the materials used and the manufacturing/transport process.
  • Construction processes which protect the soil air and water elements of the site.
  • The uses to which our buildings would be put – with a focus on the concept of ‘student centred learning’ – and the health and well being of the users, were at the forefront of design considerations.

Important design aspects for the comfort of occupants included:

  • Thermal comfort
  • Visual comfort
  • Aural comfort
  • Indoor air quality
  • Access to a window view and daylight
  • Ability to locally control the thermal and visual environments