Building Services
Graduate Certificate

The Building Services program recognises the interactions between the performance, design and management of a building.

This course equips you with the skills, expertise and confidence to become a high-performance professional able to lead a building services strategy across a significant property portfolio.

Why choose this course?

This course is intended for applicants with a technical background who seek to broaden their understanding of building services, sustainability and facilities management.

Modes of study

Graduate certificates require two semesters of part-time study. Part‑time study is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Further study

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Facilities Management or Graduate Certificate of Building Services with a weighted average mark of 70 throughout their study may upgrade to the diploma or master’s degree in High-Performance Buildings, for which credit will be granted for completed units of study.

Indicative Course

    First Year

    Semester One

  • This unit aims to explore the scientific concepts of heat, light and sound, and from this develops foundational principles and methods applicable to buildings.

    It is divided into five topics: climate and resources: thermal environment: building services: lighting; and acoustics. Students will gain an understanding of the terminology, physical values and metrics in each of these topics, and how they apply to the design and function of buildings.

    Theoretical models to predict key physical values in buildings are presented and used in assessments.

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  • Technological advances have transformed virtually every aspect of building services including vertical transportation, fire detection and protection, hydraulics and plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning, electrical and lighting, security and data networking.

    This unit develops a critical understanding of the principles of selection, operation and management of these service systems in buildings of larger-than-domestic scale.

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    First Year

    Semester Two

  • This unit reviews the need for and application of Mechanical Services in the built environment - in particular commercial buildings. Mechanical Services are responsible for significant portion of energy and water consumption in buildings.

    Thus they have become important components of most modern building complexes, with a strong influence on other services and the architecture.

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  • Humans' thermal, visual, auditory and olfactory senses determine the perceived quality of a built environment. This unit analyses built environments in context of these human factors.

    This unit relates human experience of buildings to the main dimensions of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ): thermal, acoustic, lighting and indoor pollution. This understanding of human comfort perceptions is contextualised by an understanding of the various approaches to the evaluation of built environmental performance.

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Meet Our
Program Director


Professor Richard De Dear

Research Interests

Human thermal comfort

Over the last 31 years, Professor Richard de Dear has built a career in the area of human thermal comfort. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and a dozen books and monographs on the subject. Within that body of research it is his work on the adaptive model of thermal comfort that has had the greatest impact, receiving over a thousand citations within the indoor environmental literature (and earning him an H Index of 19).

De Dear's adaptive model underpins the American Society of Heating and the Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers thermal comfort standard, and several other national and international standards/codes are now evolving in similar directions, including most recently the Netherlands and CEN.

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