Strengthening Advanced Manufacturing and Sustainability Skills Training for the future

Renewable Energy Training in Building 57: a TIIFT-funded project

 The roof of Building 57

The roof of Building 57 contains solar panels and hot water units for renewable energy training.

Photo: Sustainability at RMIT Renewable Energy Training Facility poster.

The Renewable Energy Training Facility is featured in the “Sustainability at RMIT” poster series. For more information on the Renewable Energy Training Facility’s environmentally sustainability design features, download a copy of the poster (PDF,3.4MB).


523 Lygon Steet, Carlton

Project overview

The Electrical Trades Union has requested that their members undergo renewable energy training with a view to increasing their engagement with industry.

Renewable energy competencies are part of the new Electro technology training package and the equipment will be used in the electrical apprentice training program.

The roof of Building 57 will be used for the installation and wiring of solar panels and hot water units.

This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLCF) for Vocational Education and Training (VET).



Project update

April 2010

The decking, metal fencing, electrical fit-off, plumbing fit-off and roofing tiles are now completed.

May 2010

The Renewable Energy Training Facility is now complete.

December 2009 – April 2010

  • Currently managing construction.
  • Steel erection almost complete
  • Decking complete
  • Marshall box room fit out, in construction
  • Currently managing electrical works to completion.
  • Revised practical completion end April due to inclement weather.
  • The installation of concrete pads and waterproofing to roof membrane are now complete.
  • Structural steel is being laid on the concrete pads on the roof.

Project timeline

Schematic design

End June 2009

Design Development

End August 2009

Tender documentation

9 November 2009

Appointment of builder

12 December 2009

Project completion

15th May 2010


RMIT Project Manager

John Garkinis


Design Edge Associates

Main Contractor

Stosius Constructions Pty Ltd


New Solar Technology Facility

Staff and students from the School of Engineering TAFE (SoE TAFE) along with industry electrical inspectors, got their first glimpse of the new solar technology training facility located on the rooftop of RMIT’s Building 57 recently.

RMIT News, 5th August, 2010

[Next: Work in progress as at December 2009 to February 2010]