Sustainable Built Environment

  • 5132, 8132
  • Full-time or part-time
  • Semester 1 (March) or Semester 2 (July)
  • see program details

About Master of Sustainable Built Environment

The Master of Sustainable Built Environment will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in applying the principles of sustainable development to the planning, design, construction and management of the 21st century city. It is an advanced interdisciplinary coursework program which is holistic, emphasises critical thinking and empowers professionals to take on the sustainability challenge.

Why study Sustainable Built Environment?

The Master program responds to the increasing demand for built environment and related professionals to acquire specialised knowledge and skills relevant to sustainable development. This degree was the first of its kind in Australia and has developed strong links with industry, government and research organisations such as the UNSW-based Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.

Specialised streams in the program

You have the option of specialising your degree through either a research stream or design studio in your final semester. You can select from a broad range of postgraduate elective courses both at UNSW Built Environment and from across the University to customise your learning to your career development and aspirations.

Practising architect and design studio coordinator Tone Wheeler reviews the finer points of a student’s model.

Advance your skills

You will examine issues of sustainability, their interconnectedness and interdependencies at building, neighbourhood, city and regional scales. You will develop skills in life cycle thinking, sustainable planning and design, energy and material modelling and assessment and the complex interrelationships between humans and their habitats.

Presentation skills emphasise real-world problem solving



Benefit from interdisciplinary work

This program provides an opportunity for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, building, property development, civil engineering to come together and enhance their knowledge and skills. It is both academically interdisciplinary and linked to practical application in the industry. It takes a global view and places it in a local context, and also places special emphasis on the rapidly developing South East Asian region.

Cross-disciplinary teamwork is crucial to quality project outcomes.

Certifications and Accreditations

 Environmental Auditor training

  • UNSW is an Exemplar Global Certified TPECS* Provider for the following competency units :
  1. Exemplar Global – AU – Management Systems Auditing; and
  2. Exemplar Global - EM - Environmental Management Systems.
  • Satisfactory completion of these competency units meets the training and examination requirements  for certification with Exemplar Global as an Environmental Auditor.
  • The specific level of auditor certification initially achievable will depend on the applicant’s work experience and also prior auditing experience (if any).

*(TPECS =Training Provider and Examiner Certification Scheme)


Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) training

  • UNSW has embedded the Green Star Design & As Built Foundation course into SUSD0003 Energy and the Built Environment from second semester 2014 (UNSW pays the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) presenter the standard sessional lecture rate).
  • The course is taught over a day – half lecture, half workshop.
  • In order for students to take the exam to become a Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) at a discounted price ($99 instead of $150) GBCA proposes that students enrol in the Future Green leaders program (free of charge) which will give them access to a range of discounts if under the age of 30.  Future Green Leaders will also give them access to the technical manuals they will need to review in order to sit the exam.
  • UNSW pay an accreditation fee to GBCA equivalent to membership fee.


Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional (ISAP) training

  • Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) provides required training to students enrolled in BENV7732 Sustainable Infrastructure and Transport (UNSW pays the ISCA Trainer standard guest lecture rate for  the lecturing component). Students receive the IS Technical Manual as part of this training.
  • Students can sit for the exam to become an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional (ISAP) by paying a discounted fee ($100). ISAPs become part of the ISAP network including the LinkedIn group.
  • FBE pays an accreditation fee to ISCA equivalent to membership (note that this membership relates to the Faculty, not the University, to save costs). So in addition to the ISAP training for students, the Faculty receives the usual benefits of ISCA membership.     
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