Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation

Major/Minor/Specialisation !441-MS-MAJ+1014 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Dr Dominique Hes (ABP)

Dr Lu Aye (Engineering)


Office for Environmental Programs
Ground Floor, Walter Boas Building (building 163)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

Energy modelling and implementation for buildings has become an important area in the light of growing concerns about climate change, energy security and the general need to adopt more sustainable practices. Despite the obvious need for people with such knowledge, there is a severe shortage of people that are trained in energy modelling who have the capacity to interpret the modelling results to effective practice. The realms of energy knowledge required include heating and cooling requirements, as well as use of day lighting and natural lighting. These skills are crucial to being able to reduce the risk in the integration of innovative sustainability initiatives, this risk reduction centres on assurances of performance and delivery of desired sustainability outcomes.

Energy modelling is a key tool for the development and adoption of energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. This course develops the skills of complex modelling informed by an understanding of the results ensuring the graduate has the ability to both interpret and communicate outcomes effectively. Units of study include a mix of building management, architecture, engineering, management, education and communication subjects.


Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:
• An advanced understanding of environmental issues
• Advanced skills and techniques applicable to changing and managing the environment
• An ability to evaluate and synthesise research and professional literature in the chosen stream or focus of study
• An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of environmental assessment

The graduate attributes for the Master of Environment are:
• Expertise in multidisciplinary understanding, analysis and research with an environmental focus
• Collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving
• Capacity to engage in critical social and sustainability questions

The Master of Environment generic skills are:
• Multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary knowledge and research of environmental relevance
• Collaborative environmental management skills
• Capacity for independent learning across discipline boundaries

Upon successful completion of the Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation major, students will be able to:
• Work in multi-disciplinary groups;
• Understand the outcome of modelling and be able to both communicate and integrate them into project development and management;
• Use results as part of business case development; and
• Carry out the modelling or interpret the modelling of complex building with innovative environmental initiatives from passive design, complex facades, natural lighting and heating and cooling systems.

Structure & Available Subjects:

Students will be required to complete six core subjects and choose the remaining subjects from a recommended list of electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation major coordinators.

For a current list of subjects offered in the Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation major, please refer to the course information page at:

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

Students are required to complete the subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

Elective Subjects

and choose the remaining subjects from the list of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

Additional Electives

Other electives (that may be taken with the advice of the major coordinator) include:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2012
Semester 1
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Links to further information:

Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinator.

Related Course(s): Master of Environment
Master of Environment

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