GSP-SV-08: Commercial Building Retrofit Opportunities and Benefits Measurement

Industry partnerSustainability Victoria (SV)

Sustainability Victoria (SV) supports Victorians to be more sustainable in their everyday life; in their homes, jobs, schools and communities and in the systems and infrastructure that support a thriving Victorian economy and lifestyle. Sustainability Victoria aims to improve the way Victoria manages its resources and helps its communities to take action on climate change. Sustainability Victoria provides expert advice and guidance about energy, materials and waste and conducts research that demonstrates what is possible and inspires people to make sustainable change above and beyond legal requirements.

Project aim: 

The aim of the project is to measure and identify the impacts of commercial building retrofits in Victoria. Specifically, the project will focus on energy savings, greenhouse gas emissions and cost-benefits of retrofitting existing commercial buildings.

Project tasks: 

Key project tasks include:

  • Consolidating energy efficiency data for up to 53 commercial building audits
  • Identifying key energy efficiency initiatives and sorting them into meaningful groups
  • Calculating financial metrics including cost-benefit, simple payback, NPV etc.
  • Identify key trends in uptake rate of various initiative groups
  • Comparing synthesised findings to industry and academic literature on commercial building retrofit

Project deliverables:

  • Spreadsheet, or equivalent, of synthesised data in deidentified form
  • Draft report of consolidated findings
  • PowerPoint presentation of research project

Student selection:

  • Key attributes include excellent written communication skills, analysis and research, accuracy and attention to detail, proficiency in a range of computing skills,  independence, decision making, good interpersonal/verbal communication, organisational/planning prioritising/time management/ability to meet deadlines.
  • Suitable for Data Science, Mathematics (analytical) students.


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