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Energy Efficient Design Course

Energy! Everyone is talking about it. From the Prime Minister to the first home buyer, we are all searching for solutions to the energy crisis. With energy bills spiraling out of control, the public and the government are now looking for designers who know how to design the next generation of high performance projects.

Are you a design student keen to learn best practice in energy efficient design, or a practicing building designer struggling to convince your clients that energy efficiency matters? Are you an instructor or trainer keen to keep up to date with the latest thinking and materials? This course is for you!

This course brings some of Australia's award winning leading experts in energy efficient design into your office, home or classroom, whenever you want, wherever you are. Get one-on-one mentoring and training to help you with applying energy efficient design to buildings.

With over 30 high quality multi-media lessons featuring animation and case studies, and engaging activities that will get you thinking and participating, this course will allow you to get the highest quality feedback on your designs from industry experts.

It includes the evaluation of building designs to establish suitable forms of construction and the identification of appropriate energy consumption practices for incorporation into design briefs.

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the understanding and skills to apply principles of energy efficient design to buildings within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian standards.


  • Identifying the significance of the macro and micro climates in the construction process.
  • Assessing design criteria for energy efficient construction.
  • Assessing building designs for energy efficiency.
  • Identifying how energy consumption practices are incorporated into design briefs.
  • energy consumption relative to construction processes
  • impacts of national greenhouse strategy on construction
  • macro and micro climates
  • nature of materials and effect on performance
  • processes for the administration and preparation of documentation
  • processes for the interpretation of reports, working drawings and specifications
  • R values (overall thermal resistance) for construction material
  • relevant federal, state or territory legislation and local government policy and procedures
  • services design concepts
  • site topography
  • building science and thermal efficiency
  • understanding glazing, air flows, ventilation
  • zero energy buildings
  • marketing yourself to clients


self-paced between 16 - 24 hours on-line and on-site

Presented by:

  • Mark Thompson (Eco Effective Design, President of Australian Green Development Forum, Co-author of The Environmental Brief - Pathways for Green Design)
  • Ronny Matzat (DSGNK and Green Building Institute, Al Gore Climate Change Reality Leader, People's Choice Award Sustainable House Northern Rivers)
  • Janine Strachan (Green Design Solutions, Alan Bartlett Consulting, RMIT and HIA GreenSmart)
  • Ken Long (dSquared Consulting and President of Adelaide Sustainable Building Network,Green Star Accredited Professional (Design & As-Built), Living Building Challenge Ambassador)
  • Julian Rutt (Lumen Studio, Adelaide Review People's Choice award, Houses (New), 2014 AIA SA Chapter awards)


Australia-wide. Students must have access to internet and lap-top/PC with a web-cam.


$900 Payment available on-line by credit card or Paypal


This course is worth 24 formal CPD points.

Qualified residential and commercial designers who successfully complete this unit will be offered a free listing on the Green Building Institute directory

This project is part of the National Energy Efficient Buildings Project (NEEBP) Phase 3

The Cross-Industry Skills Training Project is supported by funding from the COAG Energy Council National Energy Productivity Plan through a project managed by the Government of South Australia.

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Testimonials - What Participants are Saying:

"This is the best and most comprehensive information I've gained in my career as it combines all issues in a common place and challenges me to think through each one" - M.T., QLD

"Very happy with the course, it has helped me a great deal while studying to become a building designer. The course I am currently studying has some energy efficiency and sustainability units, but not enough to teach me more in depth topics that are in this course. I am passionate about Eco building design from Furniture to a home, learning through this course has been helpful. Good work!" - C.O., QLD
"It was a really interesting course as a building designer professional. It set up a good resource benchmark for informing some important initial basic designing skills. It also brought an awareness about the importance and good use of the environment, thus, informing our design of today and tomorrow."- K.M., VIC
"I found this course educational and it helped me to refresh and update my knowledge on sustainable design and energy efficiency practices. All the documents attached were informative and were great resources that I can continue to use as a reference for the future. Overall, I am glad to have had the opportunity to complete this course and I would highly recommend designers and future builders to undertake this course." - J.F., VIC

"I thought it was fantastic, very well done. the knowledge gained was great, and it was all well put together." - D.C., S.A.‚Äč