REFUEL CPD: Electrifying Architects - ON DEMAND

REFUEL CPD: Electrifying Architects - ON DEMAND

Electrifying Architects

Presented by National Climate Action Sustainability Committee
1 Formal CPD Point

The National Climate Action Sustainability Committee (NCASC) and their Climate Action Sponsors are hosting an in-person event on how electrifying architects is critical for a zero-carbon future.

Recently the NCASC developed a position paper on ‘emerging energy transition technologies’ which provides the NCASC’s position for architects to consider when planning their own trajectory to 2030. Prof Deo Prasad, member of the NCASC and CEO of UNSW’s Decarbonisation Hub on the energy technologies in Architecture, spoke about the great opportunities architects can incorporate into their work. 

Davina Rooney from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) spoke about how the process of measurement is crucial for ensuring that the built environment continues to support other sectors in their transition, how electrification of the built environment allows a larger benefit to the community and how regulation and code are shifting to support this.

Graham Hunt, an experienced Architect and Energy Assessor in NSW, discussed integration strategies in residential architecture that supports whole of home electrification for continuous energy supply, how the future grid scenarios will impact residences and the work that is being done by architects in advancing the sector.



The talk focused on the crucial role of electrification in architecture for achieving a zero-carbon future, featuring discussions on emerging energy transition technologies, opportunities for architects, the importance of measurement in supporting sectoral transition, and scaling electrification for equitable energy access, all while emphasizing the event's carbon-offset initiatives and live streaming for national audiences.

Carbon Footprint

We are using the contributions to purchase ethical biodiversity offsets as we will not be able to design out all carbon emissions from the event. We have however determined that the event will provide:

  • Carbon neutral/low carbon refreshments provided by Brickworks.
  • Registration cost is going to be contributing to a biodiversity offset program to reduce what carbon we cannot control.
  • We are providing and encouraging members to journey to the event in low-carbon fashion and have provided links below which could assist planning.  

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Explain how electrification is critical for a zero carbon future.
  • Identify opportunities for integrating emerging energy transition technologies.
  • Describe the process of measurement and GBCA certification
  • Discuss the scales of electrification for generational, cultural and regional differences.
  • Identify measures by which architects can design for equal access to energy.

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

This course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose.
3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.

4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts. 


NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

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

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.

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.


Caroline Pidcock has been shaped by the lands and the mighty water systems of the places in which she was born (Grafton) and raised (Sydney). She is inspired by the creative capacity of architecture and finding ways to explore potential for regenerative ideas. Since starting her own architectural practice in 1992, she has focused on what sustainable architecture can be, both in practice and through contributing to a wide range of professional, academic and community organisations. A past president of the AIA NSW Chapter and ASBEC, she currently Co-Chairs AIA NCASC and is involved in advising a variety of state and local government departments and design panels.


A property professional with a passion for sustainability, Davina has led the Green Building Council of Australia since 2019. As a qualified engineer, Davina worked on large-scale construction projects in Sydney and London, and spent nearly a year building an award-winning school in the Himalayas. She devoted a decade to driving sustainability at one of Australia’s largest diversified property companies, Stockland, which culminated in Stockland’s recognition as the world’s most sustainable property company. Now leading a member organisation with 550-plus members with a combined value of $46 billion, Davina brings together practical knowledge, on-the-ground experience and a systematic approach to champion leadership in sustainable design and construction. Davina is on the Board of Evolve Housing and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, as well as Chairing the Sustainable Procurement Roundtable for the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre. The property industry has recognised Davina’s leadership with multiple awards.


Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO LFAIA

Scientia Professor Deo Prasad is among the internationally recognised Australian experts in the field of environment, sustainability and governance with a focus on decarbonisation, clean energy, resilience, regeneration and energy efficiency in buildings, infrastructure and cities. His experience covers practice as an architect (design and planning), an energy-environment consultant, a distinguished academic, significant leadership and governance expertise, all with notable recognition from all levels of government and professions. His work is characterised by high levels of impact especially with commercial focus.  He was the founder and CEO of the CRC for Low Carbon Living ( ) and now the CEO of the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub.  Deo has published in excess of 300 refereed publications including ten books on sustainability, decarbonisation and energy in buildings.  He has won both the National Education Prize and the Leadership in Sustainability Prize of the AIA.  


Director, Delisle Hunt Wood Architects

Director of Delisle Hunt Wood Architects who strive to deliver sustainable, connected and considered architecture. Our designs aim to be affordable and practical with people in mind.
Graham has been an architect for over 35 years and a NatHERS assessor for well over 20 years.  A member of ABSA since its foundation. He was doing QA audits for ABSA from 2013 till early this year.
Graham has represented the AIA on the following committees:
ABCB Residential Energy Efficiency Working Group
NatHERS Technical Advisory Committee
NatHERS Stakeholders Consultative committee
Your Home Consultative Committee

Graham is currently chair of the AIA National Residential Sustainability Advisory Group
Graham is a long-time member of Renew – and is currently Board Secretary.

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The NCASC National Climate Action Sustainability Committee members provide strategic recommendations to National Council on a range of policies and programs that will be put in place to create practical solutions for architects. These aim to help architects address the challenges posed by climate change, population growth and the imperative for more connected, healthier and sustainable communities. They are focusing on how this will be done through advocacy, practice and research/education in the Architectural sector in Australia.

This presentation has been reviewed and approved for formal CPD via the Institute's Refuel CPD Provider Program.


This session is proudly supported by the current climate action sponsors, who are:

Siniat by Etex Australia | Climate Active    Brickworks     Sussex Taps Appliances | Winning Appliances
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