GSP-SV: As built verification program

Project title: Waste Transport Model

Industry partnerSustainability Victoria (SV)

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


SV is running the Zero Net Carbon Homes Pilot Program to develop sustainably-designed residential homes in Victoria and provide technical and marketing expertise to builders to facilitate the development, marketing and sales of such homes.

In order to build a zero net carbon home, home builders will need to complete zero net carbon home design modelling and an as-built verification assessment.

An as-built verification (ABV) assessment is a quality assurance test:

  • evaluates the energy efficiency of a home after it is built
  • ensures the home meets a zero net carbon standard.

The test involves an independent evaluator visiting a home and rating the home’s air tightness and insulation integrity.

Evaluators perform blower door tests, using fans to simulate wind blowing against the building’s exterior to identify air leakages in the building’s envelope.

Thermal imaging is used in conjunction with blower door testing to locate missing or poorly installed insulation that may result in the movement of heat/cool into and out of the building.

Project aim/expected outcomes:

The project aims to review current methods for ABV assessment in Victoria (including blower door test and thermography), assess their risks and recommend mitigation plans.
The review may extend to other methods being used overseas focusing on best practices.


No. Main Deliverable Description Estimated Timing
1 Project Plan Students discuss with SV and RMIT academic supervisors about a detailed project plan. March 2020
2 Project Implementation Students collect data/information and write report. April-May 2020
3 Progress Report Students contact SV and RMIT supervisor on a weekly basis to discuss the project tasks and update the project progress. April-May 2020
4 Final report and presentation Report/present on project outcomes End of June 2020

Work method:

    • Students are required to attend the kick-off meeting with SV to fully understand the requirements from SV. A returned project brief together with a project plan is required after this meeting.
    • Students then work on their own and/or under the supervision/instructions of the supervisor to meet the agreed timeline.
    • SV will appoint a contact person who helps students with data access or any question/queries regarding the requirements of the project.
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