Course Title: Building Sustainability Assessment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building Sustainability Assessment

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: James Wong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9701

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.66

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Building sustainability assessment tools are essential in sustainable building design, construction and retrofit projects. With so many tools available, their selection and use has become an important consideration for building practitioners as these assessment tools can affect the direction of a project and whether a project succeeds in meeting its goals. In this course you will develop and apply expert judgement in the selection, implementation and development of sustainability assessment tools that meet project needs. The course will consider building sustainability assessment tools through a critical lens, by developing your knowledge of fundamental sustainability concepts, then applying this knowledge to evaluate the tools themselves. In doing so, you will be exposed to a wide range of assessment tools currently being used in the building industry, and will be able to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each. During the course you will perform sustainability assessments, using selected tools, such as carbon metrics, life cycle analysis and Green Star rating

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex sustainable building theory, principles and practice, to contribute to the design and management of sustainable buildings
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable building theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Professionally communicate and justify sustainable building design principles, strategies, solutions and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders, including across the government and industry sectors
  • Adopt a building performance and systems approach, and apply specialist knowledge and technical skills to creatively address the diverse needs of sustainable building stakeholders
  • Integrate and apply appropriate technical skills, research methodologies and tools to plan and execute professional practice and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and effectively communicate the results to contribute to the knowledge arena

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Utilise expert knowledge to assess and communicate key elements of the sustainability of buildings, including metrics that address social, environmental and economic dimensions
  • Research and analyse building sustainability assessment methods and apply these to evaluate building performance
  • Research and evaluate building sustainability assessment tools to select their appropriate use and identify their differences and limitations
  • Analyse and apply sustainability metrics to determine sustainable building performance and to inform the development of building design strategy
  • Integrate sustainability assessment into the sustainable building design process

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course will comprise a mixture of online problem-solving exercises and a residential workshop. The online exercises will require you to read, analyse and apply supplied and independently-sourced literature. The residential workshop will include seminars, site visits, class discussions and individual- and group-based learning exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A range of resources will be available to support your learning including learning guides and journal articles.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment in this course may include, but is not limited to, individual and group- based assignments, class presentations and practical exercises whereby you will apply sustainability assessment tools to a sustainable building case study.

Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.