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Sustainable Design for Houses

Be part of the sustainable home revolution!

Sustainable design is the way of the future. Whether you are looking at building, buying, renovating, or simply learning; smart housing design can have enormous ongoing benefits for you and our planet.

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 well being. You'll also learn how to make design choices that are more sustainable in relation to your personal needs and circumstances.

*Images: Crump Treehouse in Dynnyrne, Tasmania, by Crump Architects. Photography: Andrew Knott.


Support sustainable development
This unit is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development goals, helping to build literacy of sustainability at a global level that we are dedicated to supporting through our island state and its extraordinary beauty.


Offered Fully Online
Sustainable Design for Houses is offered fully online and you can study from anywhere in the world. You can complete the entire Diploma of Sustainable Living fully online.


Apply for the Diploma of Sustainable Living
Sustainable Design for Houses is a unit offered within the Diploma of Sustainable Living. This Diploma covers a variety of sustainability topics to apply in your home, community, business or social enterprise.


What is Sustainable Design for Houses about?

Sustainable Design YouTube video

Published: 28 March 2017 | Duration: 3:35m

Location: Online

Next unit start: Exact date TBC. Enrolments for 2021 will open in October 2020

General Enquiries:
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
1300 363 864

What students say...

"I have very much wanted to do things sustainably for some time, but felt overwhelmed by the apparent complexity of the choices.


This unit taught me that there are ways to make sustainable choices while keeping my own tastes, needs, & priorities in the picture - that I can have a home that I love as well as one that is sustainable."

What you will learn...

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • 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 a range of environmental and social context.
  • Integrate sustainable design priorities in a design brief related to the design, renovation or retrofit of a home.

Once you've completed this unit...

Build on your practical knowledge of sustainable design with Sustainable Design for Houses and Landscapes. In this follow on unit you will expanding your thinking to houses within landscapes - both natural and constructed - and how they interact with climate, biodiversity, human health and urban and regional food systems.