Maintain and contribute to energy efficiency


This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to maintain energy efficient work practices and contribute to systems improvement with regard to energy efficiency.

The unit applies to a wide range of roles across all industry sectors.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.

1. Identify requirements to maintain and contribute to energy efficiency

1.1 Identify and review requirements to maintain energy efficiency

1.2 Identify benefits relating to energy efficiency and the forest and wood products industry

1.3 Using a life-cycle analysis, compare the benefits of using forest and wood products to other building materials

2. Follow and promote energy efficient work practices

2.1 Adhere to site energy efficiency policy and procedures, including those related to recycling and waste management

2.2 Operate equipment to ensure maximum energy efficiency

2.3 Monitor own work practices to maintain energy efficiency

2.4 Promote positive aspects of the forest and wood products industry in comparison to other building materials to internal and external stakeholders

3. Contribute to systems improvement with regard to energy efficiency

3.1 Contribute to and support reviews of operations for improvements in energy efficiency

3.2 Identify opportunities for efficiencies in consumption or raw materials and progress through appropriate personnel

3.3 Identify opportunities for innovation in energy efficiency and progress through established channels.

Evidence of Performance

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. If a specific volume or frequency is not stated below, then evidence must be provided that the following requirements have been performed on at least one occasion:

follow organisational policies and procedures relevant to maintaining and contributing to energy efficiency

the safe use of relevant equipment to complete work tasks while optimising energy efficiency

participating in processes to improve energy efficiency.

Evidence of Knowledge

A person competent in this unit must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures relevant to maintaining and contributing to energy efficiency

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material and site recycling, recovery and waste management procedures

Workplace communication channels, protocols and procedures

Role of forests, forestry and forest products in carbon capture and storage

Role of the forest and timber products industry in minimising greenhouse emissions

Life cycle analysis of forests and forest products in comparison to other building materials.

Assessment Conditions

The following resources must be made available:

policies and procedures relevant to energy efficiency

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or a simulated environment that accurately reflects performance in a real workplace setting.

Assessor requirements

Assessors must:

hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in the regulations; and

be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and

be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Foundation Skills

This section describes those core and employment skills that are essential to performance and are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Numeracy skills to:

measure and monitor performance.

Oral communication skills to:

escalate issues requiring attention.

communicate with colleagues about energy efficiency.

Reading skills to:

interpret policies and procedures.

Writing skills to:

make reports about energy efficiency.

Intitatve and enterprise skills to:

find safer and more energy efficient ways of working.

Range Statement

Not Applicable


Pulp and Paper Manufacturing

Forest Growing and Management

Harvesting and Haulage

Sawmilling and Processing

Timber Manufactured Products

Timber Merchandising

Wood Panel Products

Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture