• Why join the course?

    All new homes, home renovations, alterations and additions need to comply with the 6-star standard in the National Construction Code. But going up just one star can help you reduce heating and cooling energy needs, and energy bills, by 30%! Learn how to design sustainable buildings that keep cool or warm naturally. Uncover tips and techniques to reduce the need for costly air-con and heating to make homes comfortable all year round. Developed with input from leading industry experts, this 100% online course delves into the principles of thermal performance to help you design sustainable buildings. Learn how hot air and cold air moves through a building. Understand the true value of selecting the right building materials to keep a home cool naturally and save money. Explore how low-cost approaches at the design phase can save tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the building.

  • Who is the course for?

    This online course is ideal for building designers, architects and owner builders who want to understand the key to designing sustainable homes. It's also great for home owners who want to learn how to reduce heating and cooling energy costs through sustainable design. Are you an ABSA, BDAV or RAIA member? Receive CPD points for completion of this course.

  • 100% online + 24/7 access

    Study when you want, where you want, to get the most from your learning. This 100% online course is delivered in over 16 videos. With 24/7 unlimited access, you can stop, pause and re-watch the videos as many times as you need. This short course is non-accredited and there is no assessment. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be better able to:

  • Understand and apply the concepts underpinning sustainable buildings and thermal performance
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of solar passive design
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key sustainable design techniques, including orientation and siting, zoning and layout, and thermal mass
  • Identify common building elements for sustainable design, such as floor types and materials, windows and glazing, shading and eaves, convection and ventilation, insulation, and landscaping and vegetation
  • Understand how to improve thermal performance through design
  • Identify potential alterations, additions, and building defects 
  • Apply best practice principles to building design

Delve into the sustainable building knowledge you need to design more comfortable, energy-efficiency and cost-saving homes.

Study at your own pace to complete 14 modules, all created and delivered by an expert practitioner. Get started whenever it’s convenient for you.
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Course Curriculum

The Sustainable Building Training program helps building designers, architects and home owners create homes that are energy efficient, cool in summer and warm in winter.

Modules built by expert facilitators

  • Michael Young

    Sustainability Facilitator

    Michael Young

    Michael is a multiple-award winning entrepreneur, international speaker and author. With qualifications in resource and environmental management, business and project management, Michael was instrumental in developing industry leading resources for thermal performance assessors for the Department of Climate Change. His career started by developing Australia's first biomass map and then with a move into project management, Michael worked extensively around the world developing standards to improve the practice of project managers.Michael has won Australian Business Awards in project management, innovation and sustainability. Michael’s work has been featured in BRW, the Australian Financial Review and Smart Company.Michael has edited two books and authored over 50 book chapters, academic and industry articles as well as dozens of blog posts on project, program and portfolio. He also regularly teaches at Universities in Australia and is a sought after speaker delivering keynote addresses both nationally and international. He was recently invited to the United Nations Headquarters to speak with business leaders around the world on improving sustainability in project managementHe is currently working with an international consortium to fund and deliver development projects in Costa Rica, Malaysia, Croatia and the Solomon Islands.

Flexible and affordable learning

What you get: Unlimited access to 16 videos (2 hours total) 100% online learning Start anytime, study your way.

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