Manual of Policies and Procedures

H/2.2 Design standards

Contact Officer

Manager, Standards and Records, Facilities Management

Approval Date


Approval Authority

Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar

Date of Next Review


2.2.1 Design guidelines
2.2.2 Energy management
2.2.3 Access for people with disabilities
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Modification History

2.2.1 Design guidelines

QUT's physical facilities include many buildings of different types, sizes and styles, constructed at various times since 1911 and on different campuses. The University has therefore adopted guidelines for future works and for refurbishment to existing facilities, which provide

  • a common context for architectural and engineering considerations of all projects outlined in the University's Capital Management Plan (CMP) and for other building works carried out by the University, to optimise life cycle costs
  • compliance with legal requirements, including health and safety, access for people with disabilities, and good business and building practice, and
  • ecologically sustainable development and sustainable outcomes.

Although specific restraints and standards are determined for each capital project by the relevant design team (H/2.4), these guidelines outline the University's minimum requirements for the design and construction of its facilities, giving priority to

  • economy of construction
  • ease of maintenance
  • availability of replacement parts
  • benefits of bulk purchasing
  • consistency in the use of materials, colours, landscaping etc within and across campuses
  • Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) principles.

Facilities Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining design guidelines for the University through

  • preparation of master plans for each campus to provide for the controlled development, expansion or upgrading of the University with regard to such elements as site allocation, service corridors, services infrastructure, traffic, parking, landscaping, sporting facilities etc
  • design input into all major facilities projects and into any facilities projects which impact on the strategic / master plans of the University, and the recording of any variations to these plans
  • preparation and maintenance of Design Standards and Guidelines, including Heritage Management Guidelines, for the University's environment (see Facilities Management website).


2.2.2 Energy management

Energy management relates to the effective and efficient use of resource utilities such as electricity, gas, oil and water. The aim of an energy management program is to minimise the demand and consumption of energy and hence the level of carbon equivalent emissions. This involves life-cycle-cost design analyses of existing and new building services and systems (eg large air-conditioning, lighting installations).


2.2.3 Access for people with disabilities

The University recognises that people with limited mobility face additional barriers to access buildings and facilities. It is reasonable that people with disabilities have an expectation that they are able to make their way around with a similar degree of ease and safety as experienced by other campus users. It is recognised that in making buildings and facilities accessible to people with disabilities, others will also benefit.


Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
26.11.19 All Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar Approval Authority changed as a result of reporting line change - Vice-President (Resources) and Chief Financial Officer to Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar
25.10.12 All Registrar Approval authority changed to Executive Director, Finance and Resource Planning
15.08.11 All Registrar Revised Policy - Chapter restructured
14.11.05 All Secretariat Policy renumbered to H/2.2 (formerly A/3.2.17) and relocated to revised Chapter H
29.06.04 All Vice-Chancellor Established Physical Infrastructure Advisory Committee, with terms of reference and membership provisions as per recommendations of Vice-Chancellor's Panel of the 2003/2004 Committees Review