There is a need for professionals to think and work towards a more sustainable future for our cities and buildings.
Associate Professor in the school of Property Construction and Project Management at RMIT, and Chair and Leader of a programme on Sustainable Buildings and Construction, under United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 10 Year Framework (10FYP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Usha Iyer-Raniga, gives 5 benefits of retrofitting buildings for a sustainable future.
- Long-term cost savings
Operational energy and water use can be reduced by incorporating new technology, services and equipment over the life of the building, making them cheaper to run in the long term.
- Increased comfort and wellbeing
Building facades and interiors may be redesigned, improving occupant wellbeing, satisfaction and productivity by improving thermal comfort.
- Lower greenhouse emissions and improved water self-sufficiency.
Reduce reliance on traditional means of energy and water, thus contributing to lower greenhouse emissions and improved water self-sufficiency.
- Future-proof buildings
Buildings will meet current demands of technology, energy and water use ensuring that they last many years into the future, without needing to be demolished and rebuilt. Buildings have the opportunity to be "relifed" and their current life cycles extended into the future.
- Preserve cultural and heritage significance.
Buildings that have cultural and heritage significance can still retain these over their facades or building envelopes with interiors refurbished so they can meet current standards and expectations of design, functional use, technical requirements and lower footprints in terms of resource use.
RMIT has developed the new Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building to meet this need. As a graduate you’ll be ready to push boundaries and build an exciting career.