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Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures


This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply sound principles of thermal efficiency as part of the implementation of sustainable building and construction processes. The range of legislative and council planning requirements are addressed in this unit, in addition to the need to respond to growing consumer demand for sustainable buildings and environmentally friendly developments.

This unit of competency supports the needs of builders, site managers and forepersons, and estimators in the building and construction industry.

Topics include:

  • appropriate use of thermal mass (noting impact of climatic conditions)
  • glazing size and orientation
  • insulation
  • orientation of building
  • use of relevant construction methods.

Regional climate differences and the impact on effective design solutions include areas with:

  • cooling climates
  • hot arid climates
  • hot humid climates
  • mixed climates

Duration: 16 hours

Availability: On-line using the GBI E-learning system. Start and stop whenever you like. Compatible with lap-tops and PC fitted with a web-cam

Cost: $400

Outcome: Nationally recognised qualification issued by Masters in Building Training, RTO provider 40666

Trainer: Jan Brandjes is one of Australia's leading trainers in energy efficient building design. With a solid background in training and energy efficient building (Canada) Jan Brandjes is keen on educating building professionals and home owners about the true meaning of being energy efficient.

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