Course Title: Manage the application and monitoring of energy conservation and management practices and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: BUIL5868C

Course Title: Manage the application and monitoring of energy conservation and management practices and processes

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5201 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Nominal Hours: 150

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to manage the application and monitoring of energy conservation and management practices and processes within the building and construction industry. Successful application of the unit requires knowledge of energy management practices and methodologies, statistical analysis, current trends and factors in energy conservation, legislative and regulatory requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BCGBC5012A Manage the application and monitoring of energy conservation and management practices and processes


1. Prepare an energy conservation and management plan for the organisation.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Current shifts in environmental legislation or regulations
are analysed in relation to their potential impact on the
1.2 Best practice and benchmarking methods are used to
determine current environmental management
1.3 Project environmental obligations and management
requirements are analysed.
1.4 Environmental management plan is prepared on the
basis of available information.
1.5 Senior management advice concerning implementation of
plan is sought as required.


2. Manage the energy conservation and management plan.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Staff and contractors are informed of their obligations in
implementing the environmental planning process and are
monitored for compliance.
2.2 Environmental data gathering systems are evaluated,
changes are made as necessary, and system is managed
for maximum efficiency and accuracy.
2.3 New projects are evaluated to determine their impact on
existing environmental planning obligations.
2.4 Local authorities and regulatory bodies are contacted
where the plan requires ongoing external monitoring or
2.5 Information concerning updates to the environmental
management plan is communicated to staff and
2.6 Environmental management plan evaluation strategy is
developed and managed to ensure that the organisation
remains on track in the event of changing circumstances.


3. Monitor the energy conservation and management plan to ensure organisational objectives are being met.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organisational feedback systems are implemented and
managed to assist conformance and management of plan.
3.2 Regular feedback is obtained concerning the operations of
the environmental management plan to assist the
organisation to meet its legal obligations.
3.3 Where necessary, legally required auditing practices to
ensure probity and accountability towards legislative
requirements are managed and maintained.
3.4 Contact with contractors is maintained and their
compliance with environmental management requirements
is monitored.
3.5 Emergency and remediation response strategies are
implemented as necessary to assist compliance with the
environmental management plan.


4. Evaluate and recommend changes to the energy conservation and management plan.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Environmental management plan is reviewed to identify
areas that need improvement, and action is taken.
4.2 Measures are introduced to assist staff to suggest more
efficient procedures and innovations to improve the
performance of the environmental management plan.
4.3 Plans are redrafted to include improvements or address
deficiencies found during the monitoring.
4.4 Revised plans are submitted for endorsement by senior
management and procedures are changed accordingly

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn through a number of planned activities (face to face classes, workplace/site visits, simulated workplace learning, online learning via blackboard and other forms of structured teaching and learning). Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course.

Teaching Schedule


SemesterTopic Content Delivery

Week 1 to 5.

General environment issues and reasons for change. Underpinning knowledge.

Week 6 to 18

Environmentally sustainable design. Underpinning knowledge. Climate zones. Thermal mass and passive heating, glazing systems, Insulation and passive cooling. Stormwater and waste water re-use. Photovoltaic, solar hot water systems and wind energy, Energy rating systems.


Week 19 to 30

Environmental management plan - ISO14001
During construction noise emissions, dust emissions, storm and ground water disposal, waste disposal and segregation, hazardous materials, prescribed waste, water and energy conservation. Bio diversity on and off site Archaeological heritage.

Week 30 to 33

Measure and monitor the specific impact of the construction process – EMP - monitoring, remediation response. Measurement methods, analyse and evaluate EMP systems and feed back to staff systems.

Week 34

Evaluating and changing the environmental management plan. Management endorsement.

Week 35 & 36

Completing of course. Final assessment.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



To be advised by the Teacher.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed by effective management of the application and monitoring of energy conservation and management practices and processes on medium-rise building and construction projects, in an organisation.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 – Assignment - Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions essay and diagrams. Comparison of domestic energy and resource use in three era’s. - 10%

Assessment 2 – Assignment - AutoCad drawings and explanations related to thermal mass and solar heating principles including insulation and window placement. - 15%

Assessment 3 – Test - Approximately 30 questions on all topics previously covered in class. - 15%

Assessment 4 – Assignment - Due in sections on due dates to be confirmed. Risk assessment, likelihood and consequences of key environmental impacts due

                                                  to proposed site construction. Waste minimization  implementation and feed back strategy plans. – 40%

Assessment 5 – Test - Approximately 30 questions on all topics covered this semester 2 including EMP management, implementation and evaluation. - 15%

Assessments Additional - In semesters 1 and 2, a number of in class presentations and questions that will need to be handed in to be competent. - 5%

Students must pass all five assessment tasks and hand in and participate in class exercises to pass this course.
The culmination of all assessments contributes to the final result for this course.

Under special circumstances extension to assessment may be granted. Students are to follow RMIT Special Consideration Policy found in RMIT Policies and procedures link;ID=3g3whh1vttr0z;STATUS=A;SECTION=19;PAGE_AUTHOR=Chancellery


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Competency requirements and Grading:

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Observation of students performing work is used to confirm competency.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CP (Competent with Pass) to pass this course. In any assessment 50% equates to being Competent with Pass.
Higher gradings are available. The final grade for the course is calculated taking into account the weighting given to the separate assessments.

Gradings available are:
CP - 50 to 59 - Competent with Pass, CC - 60 to 69 - Competent with Credit, CDI - 70 to 79 - Competent with distinction, CHD - 80 to 100 - Competent with High Distinction. NYC - 0 to 49 - Not Yet Competent

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