Course details

Sustainable Housing

Year level



1–4 hours



Max students


Course details

Sustainable Housing

INDUSTRY FOCUS AREA: New Energy, Advanced Manufacturing
VICTORIAN CURRICULUM LINKS: Science, Digital Technologies, Personal & Social Capability, Critical & Creating Thinking
TECHNOLOGY USED: Infra-red thermal imaging cameras, STELR sustainable housing kits, iPads, and Maker Space materials including model house kits

The face of energy in the Gippsland region in undergoing change. This has been seen with the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station and the increase in solar, wind, and geothermal energy generation. There is a world-wide pressure to reduce emissions and move towards a greener future. Household energy use is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions. International policy is firmly moving towards technology-rich, low- and near-zero-energy homes. That is, buildings designed to reduce the need for additional heating, cooling and lighting. They use efficient or renewable energy technology to reduce the remaining energy use. The Victorian government has set a target of 25% renewable energy production by 2020, increasing to 40% by 2025.

Program Summary
Students will look at energy efficient building design. They will be introduced to principles of heat flow and energy conversion. They will investigate the insulation properties of various building materials and the use of different glazing treatments. They will design and build a model house.

Taking part in this program, students will collaboratively:

  • Conduct experiments in glazing treatments
  • Conduct experiments with insulating materials
  • Design and build a model of an energy efficient house


Career Links:
Artisans: Builders, electricians, carpenters,
Designers: Architects, interior designers, draftspersons, civil engineers