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Climate Change, Sustainability and HVAC


Find out what impact climate change has on new and existing buildings and learn how to propose design solutions to meet zero carbon building objectives.

Participants will journey through the science of climate change and energy and on to the design issues proposed by zero carbon building objectives in both new and existing buildings.

This online course is one not to be missed by today’s energy conscious designer.



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Key topics:

  • The sustainable building
  • Adapting to climate change
  • Energy consumption
  • Embodied energy
  • Energy sources
  • Building envelope, orientation and shading
  • Insulation and glazing
  • Lighting
  • Passive heating and cooling
  • Mechanical efficiencies
  • Alternative HVAC systems
  • Design strategies
  • Existing buildings
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Performance and operation strategies
  • Business cases

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the key issues of climate change and its predicted impact on buildings in various zones in Australia
  • Explain the concept of the sustainable building
  • Explain the issues that impact on sustainable building design and how these can be overcome
  • Use tools and techniques to demonstrate sustainable design performance
  • Communicate the objective of zero carbon building design to a variety of stakeholders to manage expectations
  • Propose design solutions for existing buildings to meet zero carbon building objectives
  • Propose design solutions for new buildings to meet zero carbon building objectives.

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This course is designed for:

  • Mechanical design engineers
  • ESD Engineers

It is recommended that participants have a minimum of 3 years experience in the built environment before registering for this course.



  Dr Dominique Hes, M.AIRAH, is a senior lecturer at The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and a founding board member of the Australian Living Futures Institute. Dominique's expertise includes environmental science and botany, engineering, and sustainability integration in the built environment.

She also wrote the ESD Design Guide for Australian Government Buildings, now in its third edition, and its companion ESD Operations Guide for Owners, Managers and Tenants, published in 2009. 

Length of course/Duration

  • Delivery method: online
  • Length: 60 hours over 20 weeks
  • Assessment included: yes



Member: $1200
Non member: $1800

Dates and registration

This course commences on August 22 2016. Click here to register, or email for more information. 


Cancellation and refund policy

Registration may be cancelled up to five working days prior to commencement of the course with participants either transferring to another course / event or receiving a refund less a 20% administration fee. No refund will be given where cancellation is 24 hours or less. In all other cases of cancellation the extent of any refund will be at the discretion of AIRAH.

You may substitute another participant at any time prior to the event date should the nominated person be unable to attend. Where the course has entry requirements these must be met by any substitute participant. Where a non member replaces a member the difference between member and non member rates will be charged. Requests for refund can be made by email to

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This course was developed with financial assistance from the Australian Government