Energy Efficiency modelling and Implementation

Understanding how to implement energy efficient measures in buildings is key to managing energy security, climate change and ensuring sustainable practices.

Coordinators: Dr Dominique Hes and Associate Professor Lu Aye


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.

The realms of energy knowledge required include heating and cooling requirements, as well as use of day lighting and natural lighting.  Develop skills to reduce risk in the integration of innovative sustainability initiatives, with assurances of performance and delivery of desired sustainability outcomes.

  • Example Career outcomes
    • Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) Consultant
    • Energy Efficiency Consultant
    • Policy Officer (Energy/Energy Efficiency)

Example study plan (200 point program)

Year 1

Semester 1

Sustainability Governance and Leadership

Sustainable Transport & Public Policy

Regenerating Sustainability

Solar Energy

Semester 2

Energy Efficiency Technology

Building Envelopes

Environmental Systems

Sustainable Buildings

Year 2

Semester 1

Complex Building & Energy Modelling

Building Services & Operations


Supply Chains in Construction

Semester 2

Interdisciplinarity and the Environment

Planning Urban Sustainability

Industry Research project

Alberto Garza Barragan
Alberto Garza Barragan
Environmentally Sustainable Design
(ESD) Consultant,
Cundall Johnston and Partners

"I chose the University of Melbourne due to the interdisciplinary approach that the Masters of Environment program provides, allowing students to collaborate and learn from people with a wide range of backgrounds and level of experience.  At the same time, the Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation specialist path gave me the opportunity to use these collaborative skills and give particular focus to the topics of my preferred career path.

The lecturers and tutors, particularly the director of my specialisation stream, have had a massive positive impact on my career direction and my practice.  Their quest to change our sustainability worldview from mainstream and sustainability ‘business as usual’, into a more regenerative and interdisciplinary approach has affected the way I provide advice, work with my colleagues and engage with my clients."