CPCCBC4006A - Select, procure and store construction materials for low-rise projects

Assessment 2 - Select suitable Construction Material for a Residential Project

This part of the assessment will require you to choose eight (8) building materials from the BK design plan A02 (Ground floor plan) and A06 (Section A-A) and to write a report covering functional, structural adequacy and material essentials.

Form the chosen material four (4) of them must undertake structural (load-bearing) functions. Identify the material that will be used to make-up elements (brick wall = bricks + mortar). Include energy efficiencies and environmental issues if applicable (how do external walls contribute to thermal comfort?).

The following issue must be researched and documented:

  1. The properties (strength, density, FRL (combustibility), acoustics, thermal conductivity, etc) of the  material
  2. Which material is use to make-up a building element
  3. Their function/performance within the building (eg cavity walls; suspended slabs)
  4. For all elements/materials appropriate references to Building Code of Australia (BCA), Australian Standards, and manufacturers requirements are necessary

For other material (windows, floor covering etc) discuss:

  • The function and their suitability
  • Desirable properties of this material as outlined in point 1 above
  • Whether material is a manufactured product an alloy, composite etc.
  • Provide references to BCA, Standards and manufacturers requirements if applicable

This assessment requires you to write a report, which gives you practice in presenting information in a way relevant to employment. Reports are the basis of significant decision making in the building industry.

Report submission

The report must be handed in by Week 17

The report should have the following basic arrangement:
  • a word processer to write the report (general text Ariel 10Pts or New Times Roman 12 Pts)
  • Margin at left corner 2.5 cm and pages stapled at the upper left corner
  • Simple plastic envelopes should not be used to submit your report
  • Cover page can be copied from Figure 1 shown below
  • Reports without a plagiarism statement will not be accepted
  • Reports should be concise and it length should be appropriate to its purpose
  • A paragraph length of a minimum ˝ half A4 page as guidance for each element/material would be appropriate
  • References to publications need to be made and listed in a separate references list at the end of the report.
You should write impersonally; this means that the word "I" should not appear in your report. You should write using the passive voice. So instead of writing: "I have shown that ….." you should write: "It has been shown that.......... ".

Your report will be assessed for its clarity, coherence, logic, and depth of coverage. Some of the evidence that you produce during this assessment may be used for other units of competence.

        TITLE OF ASSIGNMENT    _____________________

     SUBJECT:                   _______________________________

     STUDENTS NAME:      _______________________________

     SIN NUMBER :            _______________________________

     LECTURER’S NAME:    ______________________________

     DATE SUBMITTED:     _______________________________


I certify that this assignment is entirely my own work, except where I have given fully documented references to the work of others, and that the material in this report has not previously been submitted for assessment in any formal course of study.


Figure 1 (cover page)

The links below provide more detailed information on report writing



The links below provide information on different types of external walls using passive solar design principles.
How do external walls contribute to thermal comfort?

The entirety cavity wall supports all loads imposed on it. The wall element (exterior leaf, cavity and internal leaf) also protects the interior of the building from the environment (see Figure 2 below)

Wall Structure

Figure 2

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