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SDCM71-324: Sustainable Refurbishment and Retrofit


This subject focuses on strategies for the refurbishment and retrofitting of existing buildings with a view to improving their environmental performance. It explores the issues of adaptive re-use of buildings, material selection, building performance and includes interior/tenancy fit out in the context of sustainable design and building practice. Relevant Australian and International evaluation and rating schemes are examined. Selected examples of best practice are analysed. The economics related to improving building performance are discussed.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Current: $5,410
  • Commencing in May 2021: $5,570

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the options available for refurbishment and retrofitting to improve building performance and extend the useful life of existing buildings.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of prime examples of adaptive re-use that not only extend building life but improve their environmental performance.
3. Demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the environmental effects of various building materials and the capacity to advise clients of sustainable alternatives.
4. Demonstrate the ability to work with sustainable evaluation and rating tools and systems to bring buildings to an improved environmental standard.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard OfferingStandard Offering (SUPP)
Enrolment opens02/08/202004/08/2020
Semester start14/09/202014/09/2020
Subject start14/09/202014/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/202028/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/202005/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/202027/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/202010/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/202031/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/202008/10/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start17/05/2021
Cancellation 1?31/05/2021
Cancellation 2?07/06/2021
Last enrolment30/05/2021
Withdraw – Financial?12/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?03/07/2021
Teaching census?11/06/2021