REFUEL CPD: Designing Out Carbon - ON DEMAND

REFUEL CPD: Designing Out Carbon - ON DEMAND

Designing Out Carbon

Presented by National Climate Action Sustainabiliy Committee
1 Formal CPD Point
Available On Demand

The NCASC National Climate Action Sustainability Committee and their Climate Action Sponsors hosted an in-person event on demand on industry action in designing out carbon.

As part of this, you’ll hear about the recent Government (DCCEEW) funded collaboration with Caroline Pidcock, Amanda Sturgeon and Dominique Hes who have developed an embodied carbon Roadmap, Toolkit and Curriculum for architects.

While this has been developed, NABERS has been leading on several embodied carbon fronts with the development of a carbon standard and tools to calculate emissions. James Elks spoke on this front of progress and how they are helping Australia to gear up to commence these important measurements.


The talk delved into industry initiatives addressing carbon reduction, spotlighting a collaboration's creation of an embodied carbon Roadmap for architects, NABERS' work on a carbon standard, and tools for emission calculation. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the Embodied Carbon Roadmap
  • Describe the Embodied Carbon Toolkit and Curriculum for architects
  • Explain the NABERS carbon standard
  • Identify the NABERS tools to calculate emissions

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

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

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

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.

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 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.


Stefan is the Associate Victorian Government Architect and a passionate expert and advocate for sustainability in the built environment with an eye on the critical journey towards zero carbon and regeneration. He is an effective and respected chair in environments where tangible and clear outcomes are critical, such as in design review of significant and sensitive projects with multiple stakeholders or as chair of project control boards such as the Victorian Government’s Future Homes program. 
Stefan understands practice, research, policy and advocacy and has been responsible for award winning sustainable architecture, government programs, as well as policy shifts such as the expansion of the NABERS rating scale towards zero carbon.


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.


Dominique Hes has been involved in many influential roles across zero carbon including more recently the Zero Carbon Buildings Lead at the City of Melbourne. She also is active member on the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water’s Circular Economy advisory committee, and previously founding board member of the Living Futures Institute of Australia. She educates and authors across building industries in the fields of sustainability, regenerative development, systems thinking, environmental issues, placemaking Industrial ecology, LCA, Eco-Design and project management. 


James is Head of Product Development at NABERS. His team of designers and developers create innovative pathways to bring NABERS to buildings everywhere so they can become more sustainable, as fast as possible. A large part of James's role is managing technology innovation, design and development for the NABERS suite of products. His team are currently expanding NABERS to new sectors including retail and schools, and emerging areas like embodied carbon. James brings a background in information technology, digital innovation and marine science to his work at NABERS


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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