Courses & Units

Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses KDA101



This unit is subject to an enrolment quota:  April (900) and October (900)


This unit aims to develop an awareness of environmental and human health impacts of housing in order to inform critical and creative decision-making in the design and renovation of houses. You will explore how housing affects our own health and the health of the planet, and how sustainable design can reduce environmental impacts and improve wellbeing. You will also learn how to make design choices that are more sustainable in relation to your personal needs and circumstances. The unit will emphasise reflective thinking, practical knowledge and an integrated approach that relates issues of sustainability to quality design, functionality and value.


Unit name Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses
Unit code KDA101
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Associate Professor Ceridwen Owen
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston 11 Week Session Apr Off-Campus International Domestic
Launceston 11 Week Session Oct Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
11 Week Session Oct 27/9/2021 14/10/2021 4/11/2021 12/12/2021
11 Week Session Apr 5/4/2021 23/4/2021 17/5/2021 27/6/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify relationships between the design and construction of homes and their impact on the environment and human health.
  • Define key principles of sustainable design relevant to the design and construction of individual dwellings.
  • Explain the rationale for judgements about sustainable design priorities for houses in relation to identified environmental and social contexts.
  • Integrate sustainable design priorities in a housing brief related to the design, renovation or retrofit of a home.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is offered fully on-line. 

AssessmentQuizzes (25%)|Reflection (25%)|Brief (50%)
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