Conventional and Alternative Construction Course

Explore and compare the various materials and processes available for your building or renovation project

With building options and materials available for construction steadily increasing, it makes sense to thoroughly research the products and processes available before making any major decisions about the construction phase of your project.

This short course held at Home Base Perth, located in Subiaco, explores and compares the various materials and processes available for the construction of your new home or for use as part of your renovation project.

As well as offering an in depth look at traditional construction methods such as double brick, steel framing and timber framing, the course will also guide you through the increasingly popular alternative construction options including structured insulated panels (SIPs), rammed earth, aerated concrete, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and composite building options – many of which offer fast build times and are energy efficient options.

The 2.5 hour short course has been specially designed for Home Base by Michael Norriss – an experienced build practitioner and lecturer in building design and construction technology, with a sound understanding of the built environment and a passion for sustainability.

The course aims to keep you updated with the latest technologies and information available, as well as answer any questions you have about the various methods of construction available in Western Australia – ensuring you are able to make an informed decision about the construction of your home.

Course Details

Duration 2.5 hours
Location Home Base
Cost $80 single / $120 double

Course Structure

  • Options for construction
  • Advantages and disadvantages of available materials
  • Conventional methods vs. alternative options
  • Design
  • Logistics
  • Legislation and compliance
  • Codes and standards
  • Construction time
  • Structural additions and renovations
  • Termites and pests
  • Fixings, connections and joints
  • Ventilation
  • Ecological impact
  • Energy efficiency
  • Insulation and thermal performance
  • Acoustics
  • Special considerations