Designing for 7 Star and Beyond Multi Residential Projects

Designing for 7 Star and Beyond Multi Residential Projects

Designing for 7 Stars and Beyond Session 02: Multi Residential

Available On Demand
2 Formal CPD Points

This course forms one part of a two-session Design for 7 Star and Beyond Series. Each session in this series comprises a two-hour on demand presentation equivalent to 2 formal CPD points and can be purchased individually.

We are also currently offering the complete Series as a single bundle. This bundle includes access to both sessions amounting to four hours of expert presentation content, equivalent to 4 formal CPD points.

Follow these links to secure your bundle and individual session enrolments:

Designing for 7 Star and Beyond Series

Designing for 7 Star and Beyond: Single Dwellings




In this 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 course 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 course 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 course 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

Master of Ceremonies


Climate Action and Sustainability Taskforce, RAIA

Stefan is an architect with international experience and a sustainability expert. He was appointed as the Associate Victorian Government Architect in 2016. He helps lead an expert team to provide strategic advice to the government about architecture, landscape and urban design. Stefan advocates for sustainability in design.
He holds Masters degrees in architecture and environmental design. Stefan is an Australian Institute of Company Directors Graduate and Green Star Professional.




Michael joined CSIRO in 1992 and is a senior experimental scientist in CSIRO’s Energy Business Unit.  He leads projects for industry and the Australian government, involving residential building energy efficiency.

Michael leads the analysis of house energy rating data obtained from the Universal Certificates (UC) that are created as part of the NatHERS energy efficiency compliance requirements for new houses contained within the National Construction Code.   Over 1 million UC’s are in the database and this is allowing unprecedented insight into how new house designs are achieving their energy efficiency requirements.  As part of this work Michael has created a series of interactive data visualisation dashboards (Home - Australian Housing Data ( that allow users to explore the data geospatially to discover area specific trends and practices.

Michael is also undertaking monitoring and analysis of energy consumption in high rise apartment buildings to better understand how these buildings use energy and identify energy efficiency upgrade options and is establishing a database of zero emission homes from around Australia that will showcase the various approaches designers have used to create these low energy homes.

Michael is the author of numerous book chapters, papers and reports on building energy efficiency and urban sustainability.





Oliver has over thirteen years’ experience in the design and construction industry across the public and private sectors, in the UK and Australia. As Associate, Oliver enjoys leading Cundall’s successful and productive Perth team. Oliver specialises in energy efficiency in buildings, particularly using thermal dynamic modelling software. Oliver is passionate about fusing sustainable design with wonderful architectural spaces, where buildings and nature live as one. 





Camilla, an Associate and Team Lead at Breathe, is an invaluable Architect leading numerous multi-residential and hospitality projects of various scales, including the recently completed Nightingale Ballarat and the Four Pillars 2.0 Gin Distillery. Camilla rigorously oversees projects from inception to completion with a focus on client management and project coordination. Common to all her projects is an unwavering passion to deliver projects that positively contribute to the community, both socially and environmentally.




A reality check on his dreams of a career in professional soccer and a keen desire to draw saw Paul Worroll plunge into the unknown depths of architecture. In 1992 he graduated from the University of Queensland with honours and in 2001 established Reddog Architects. Reddog is committed to working towards creating a sustainable future, meeting needs without damaging the earth’s ecological boundaries, and working with clients and suppliers to design buildings that exist within a larger self-sustaining system. As a member of Architects Declare, the practice is striving to enact all eleven principles of the movement through its Sustainability Action Plan.


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