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SDCM71-324: Sustainable Refurbishment and Retrofit May 2021 [Standard - .]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SDCM71-324
Subject title:Sustainable Refurbishment and Retrofit
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. It is also necessary for students to engage proactively and contribute positively in discussions, analyse and case studies. The assessments are an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to 'remote' face-to-face contact time, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject. Please note that subsequent subjects assume the student has a full understanding of this subject - this content will not be repeated.


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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Oral Presentation § Oral Presentation 20% Week 6 1, 2.
Online Quiz Online Quiz 10% Week 7 1, 2.
Case Report § Case Report 40% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4.
Take-home Examination Take home exam 30% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

The following are covered in this topic: The contribution of buildings to current environmental areas of concerns at a global and Australian context; The potential to significantly improve the environmental performance of existing buildings through refurbishing and retrofitting; Terminology definitions.

The following are covered in this topic: Government and Industry commitments to change; Incentives for change; Regulations for change; Barriers to widespread adoption.

The following are covered in this topic: Determining the baseline; Establishing goals and targets; Reviewing building maintenance, housekeeping and energy purchasing strategy; Establishing the upgrade benchmark; Selecting the optimal upgrade initiatives; Making it happen.

The following are covered in this topic: The importance of due diligence; The categories of due diligence and the industry professionals involved.

The following are covered in this topic: International and Australia sustainability evaluation and rating tools.

The following are covered in this topic: Improving the thermal performance of the building envelope for improved energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

The following are covered in this topic: Improving the energy performance of the building through high efficiency equipment, passive/low energy heating, cooling and lighting considerations, building management and control systems and generating on-site electricity.

The following are covered in this topic: Reducing potable water use through high efficiency equipment and rainwater catchment and reuse; Life cycle impacts of material selections.

The following are covered in this topic: Heritage legislation, registers, criteria and planning.

The following are covered in this topic: Project process; scope creep; work safety; managing tenants and building users during construction; waste management.

The following are covered in this topic: Introduction to emerging technologies and materials for a sustainable future

Approved on: Mar 10, 2021. Edition: 3.2
Last updated: May 4, 2021.