Sustainable Design and Build Course

Discover the materials and methods involved in planning, designing and building a sustainable and energy efficient home

Whether you are building new, owner-building or thinking about a substantial renovation, the Sustainable Design and Build course will guide you through the planning and building process – ensuring you create a sustainable, efficient home without compromising on design.

Part one is presented by Adrian Fratelle, leading home designer from design firm Ecohabit. The session covers everything from block selection, orientation and design principles through to greywater use, water storage systems, glazing and options for heating and cooling your home. Clever design tips will help to keep your new home comfortable all year round with minimum energy usage. Whether you are building new or looking to perform a large-scale renovation, this is the perfect starting point for your project.

Part two is presented 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. Explore and compare the various materials and processes available for the construction of your new home or for use as part of your renovation project.

The session covers traditional construction methods such as double brick, steel framing and timber framing as well as increasingly popular alternative construction options including structural insulated panels (SIPs), aerated concrete, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and composite building options – many of which offer fast build times and are energy efficient options.

Course Details

Duration 4 hours
Location Home Base
Cost $150 single / $180 double

Course Structure

  • Design and construction process
  • Legislation and compliance
  • Sustainable and efficient design
  • 6 star design principles
  • Orientation
  • Heating and cooling your home
  • Glazing options
  • Lighting and electrical
  • Water
  • Construction material and methods
  • Conventional and alternative construction options

Course feedback

"Learnt a lot, very interesting, helpful information, makes me want to learn more about the construction industry."

"Great course. Both parts 1 and 2 complemented each other. I particularly enjoyed the first component as I am interested in passive home design."

"Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenters!"

"Presenters encouraged questions and were easy to talk to."

"Up to date, valuable, informative. Helpful presenters."

"Course materials and information booklets provided were very helpful."

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