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CPCSUS4003 Maximising Energy Efficiency through Applied Trade Skills

Become an accredited Energy Smart Green Tradie! Zero-energy and carbon positive buildings are fastest growing sector of the building and construction industry. It's no longer business as usual. Tradies who understand building science and have the trade skills to build highly energy efficient buildings are in high demand! Upskill yourself and become a leader in your industry.

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake a trade using techniques and practices aimed at achieving high levels of energy efficiency in the finished work. Energy efficiency requirements may be specified by legislation or building codes, or commissioned by a client or a site manager.

This unit of competency applies to builders and tradespeople who identify opportunities for energy efficiency gains in a building and apply energy efficiency techniques in residential and commercial construction work.

This is available as a short course for

  • carpenters performing advanced framing techniques
  • insulation installers and plasterboard installers
  • roof plumbers
  • builders of high performance pre-fabricated housing
  • high performance energy efficient housing

Topics include:

  • acoustic insulation between zones and rooms
  • achieving relevant energy efficient requirements in the National Construction Code, and other relevant codes and regulations
  • achieving or maintaining a home energy rating, commercial building rating, or equivalent energy rating or industry standards and regulations
  • effectively selecting and using thermal mass
  • energy conservation
  • minimising infiltration
  • minimising the heat loss and maximising the heat gain based on the requirements of the building reflective of the climatic zones
  • minimising thermal bridging
  • passive solar design approach
  • reducing or minimising energy costs and consumption to heat and cool the building
  • thermal resistance
  • ventilation, heat and energy recovery
  • zero energy homes

This unit includes practical tasks that must be performed on a real or simulated work-site.


On-line and on-site (you must have access to a building site) Australia-wide. Students must have access to internet and lap-top/PC with a web-cam Enrolments accepted 24/7


6 hours theory, 2-4 hours practical

Cost: $450

Eligible ACT residents are eligible for funding for training rebates of up to 70% of training costs through the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund. Submit applications for funding through the website.

Eligible WA residents are eligible for funding of training rebates of up to 80% of training costs through the Construction Training Fund.


This unit of competency counts towards Certificate IV in Building and Construction. Statement of Attainment issued by Stay Safe Industry Training RTO 40963. Residential and commercial sub-contractors who successfully complete this unit will be offered a free listing on the Green Building Institute directory.

This project has been funded by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, through the Environmental Trust.