Designing for 7 Star and Beyond Series - On Demand

Designing for 7 Star and Beyond Series - On Demand

Designing for 7 Star and Beyond Series

Available On Demand
4 Formal CPD Points

This series comprises two two-hour sessions 

Welcome to the Australian Institute of Architects two-session Design for 7 Star and Beyond Series. Each session comprises a two-hour (2 formal CPD-point) on demand presentation, and the full series provides a total of 4 formal CPD points. Each on demand 2 formal CPD-point session can also be purchased individually.

Follow the links below to secure your enrolment:

Designing for 7 Star and Beyond: Single Dwelling

Designing for 7 Star and Beyond: Multi Residential Projects



In this two-part series we showcase single dwelling and multi-residential projects from across Australia and representing architecture in a range of climate zones that have achieved high NatHERS ratings.   

Session 1

In this session we showcase single dwelling projects from across Australia and representing architecture in a range of climate zones that have achieved high NatHERS ratings.

Session 2

Our second session we showcase multi-residential projects from across Australia and representing architecture in a range of climate zones that have achieved high NatHERS ratings..

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this two part series participants should be able to:

  • Explain the NCC 2022 changes relating to NatHERS ratings of Class 1 and Class 2 buildings 

  • Evaluate margins of performance improvement achieved by modifying design and material choices  

  • List positive impacts of improved thermal comfort on physical and mental health 

  • Manage glazing orientation, size, type and shading in various climate zones   

  • Apply 7 Star+ design thinking in retrofit, renovation and new build contexts  

  • Identify the opportunities and benefits of working with energy and thermal performance assessors  

  • Understand ROI calculations relating to energy efficiency 

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

This Series will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project.
Application of principles controlling planning, development and design for the project site.

Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.
Assessment and integration of construction systems and materials consistent with project brief.

Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service and transport systems in the project design.
Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.

Integration of relevant technical services, environmental and transportation systems.

Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect.


NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

This Series will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

PC 10
Demonstrate understanding of the whole life carbon implications of procurement methods, materials, components and construction systems. 
PC 12
Provide independent, culturally responsive and objective advice in accordance with relevant building codes, standards, technical specifications and guidelines, and planning regulations, including climate change implications, across all aspects of architectural practice.

PC 26
Be able to undertake site, cultural and contextual analysis as part of preliminary design research. 
PC 28
Be able to draw on knowledge from building sciences and technology, environmental sciences and behavioural and social sciences as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design to optimise the performance of the project.
PC 31
Be able to identify, analyse and integrate information relevant to environmental sustainability – such as energy and water consumption, resources depletion, waste, embodied carbon and carbon emissions – over the lifecycle of a project.
PC 33
Be able to investigate, coordinate and integrate sustainable environmental systems – including water, thermal, lighting and acoustics – in response to consultants’ advice.
PC 35
Be able to assess operational and embodied carbon implications of materials, components, construction systems and supply chains (including transport) to achieve net zero whole life carbon when developing design concepts. This includes integrating relevant consultant expertise and advising on the impact of chosen materials, components and systems on carbon outcomes. 

PC 39
Be able to integrate the material selection, structural and construction systems established in the conceptual design into the detailed design and documentation.
PC 45
Be able to nominate and integrate quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings, components and systems, considering the impact on Country and the environment, and the whole life carbon impact of the project. This includes integrating life cycle assessments and other expertise and advice from consultants.

PC 58
Complete documentation – including specifications, drawings, schedules, reports, certification and approvals – and other project information for issue to the client and relevant authorities, as required under the construction contract and relevant building and planning codes.


Non Members $249
Members $169
Graduate Members $99
SONA Members $29                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

What Do I Do Next?

1.     You will receive an automated registration email upon purchase. Follow the link in this email to take you to the course material on our online CPD platform.
2. You may have to click the green "log in via members site"  button to log into the online CPD platform. (Please do not input your credentials into the CPD site. Instead, to log in hit the “log in via members site” green button). You may be redirected to our members portal to log in with your credentials there.
3. Accept the T&Cs if it is your first time on the online platform, and hit “my dashboard” to find your purchased course.
4. Undertake your course at your own pace.
5. Once you have completed all the course material, you will be prompted to complete your assessment and feedback, after which your formal CPD certificate will be made available.