Courses & Units

Sustainable Design for Houses and Landscapes KDA102



This unit is subject to an enrolment quota:  February (300) and Semester 2 (to be advised)


This unit will build on your practical knowledge of sustainable design for houses, expanding your thinking to houses within landscapes - both natural and constructed - and interacting with climate, biodiversity, human health and urban and regional food systems. You will explore systems-based design approaches including regenerative design, resilience thinking, permaculture principles and biophilic design that will enable you to better integrate your house within wider living systems and communities.
Through innovative, holistic precedent analysis, self-directed field study and structured design exercises, you will devise practical strategies to create, for example, adaptive microclimates around your house, a home-based food system, and conditions for improved backyard biodiversity, while also targeting well-being and bushfire design awareness. With these systems-based perspectives, you will likely see numerous new opportunities for action at home that contribute to ecological restoration and the well-being of your household and community.
The unit comprises five modules:
1. Housing and landscapes - the bigger picture
2. Beyond sustainable design for houses
3. Climate - designing and adapting
4. Designing for health and well-being
5. Systems, materials and components.


Unit name Sustainable Design for Houses and Landscapes
Unit code KDA102
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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Launceston 11 Week Session Feb Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
11 Week Session Feb 1/2/2021 15/2/2021 8/3/2021 11/4/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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

  • Relate sustainable design for houses to larger scale landscape and urban growth issues and challenges.
  • Identify design implications for houses and gardens linked to climate, topography, biodiversity and household needs.
  • Evaluate and adapt a range of systems-based design principles for specific housing and landscape contexts.
  • Propose design strategies that promote health, wellbeing and ecological restoration at the scale of a selected house and community.
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 (20%)|Design (50%)|Visual Field Report (30%)
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